Game Preview: May 22 vs. Washington

Liberty 2007 Series Mystics
75.3 PPG 74.3
44.8 FG% 41.8
36.0 3PT FG% 30.6
30.2 REBOUNDS 30.7

Washington Mystics @ New York Liberty
Thursday, May 22, 2008 7:30PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG

2007 Season Series: Won 3-1
All-Time Regular Season Series: New York leads 23-14

Basketball is back at The Garden and New York is looking to avenge its 58-52 pre-season loss to Washington from May 8 ... The Liberty holds a 13-5 record when playing the role of host to the Mystics in the regular season ... The last win on The Garden Floor in this series went to New York on June 12 last season ... New York won last year's series by a 3-1 margin, including a thrilling 73-72 victory on August 16 in Washington.

KEY MATCHUP

Janel McCarville
Position:Forward/Center
Ht: 6-3
Experience: 4th Season
Avgs: 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 spg

Taj McWilliams-Franklin
Position: Forward/Center
Ht: 6-2
Experience: 10th Season
Avgs: 9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg
Skinny: Washington has been unsuccessful in leaving the Big Apple as the victors since August 23, 2005 and New York will be looking to continue that streak ... Janel McCarville got in foul trouble early on in Sunday's season opener vs. the Sun, but the Liberty's go-to player will need to make sure she spends as much time on the floor as she can ... Expect a great head-to-head between McCarville and Taj McWilliams-Franklin in the paint ... With 10 seasons under her belt, McWilliams-Franklin is still doing damage as one of the league's top 10 rebounders ... Both posts shared a frontcourt this past fall with the U.S. women's select team that competed for the 2007 FIBA World League Championship crown in Russia.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: S. Christon - 14.0
Rebounds: C. Kraayeveld/L.Moore - 6.0
Assists: L. Moore - 6.0
MYSTICS

Points: N. Sanford - 14.0
Rebounds:N. Sanford - 11.0
Assists: N. Blue - 5.0
Etc.: This year will be the first time since 2002 in the series history that New York and Washington will not play four games ... Both teams will face off two more times in this summer's regular season, with the Liberty hosting the Mystics on July 17 before traveling to our nation's capital on July 23.

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