Game Preview: June 22 vs. Phoenix

Liberty 2007 Series Mercury
84.5 PPG 89.5
42.5 FG% 46.3
39.6 3PT FG% 37.1
39.5 REBOUNDS 38.0

Phoenix Mercury @ New York Liberty
Sunday, June 22, 2008– 4PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG/NBA TV

Online Stream: NYLiberty.com

2007 Season Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time Regular Season Series: Liberty lead 14-9

Sunday will be the Liberty's first home game in over a week and the seventh at The Garden overall ... New York is seeking a shot of revenge after falling to Phoenix in a 86-97 loss at the US Airways Center on August 9 last summer ... With a victory over the Mercury on Sunday, it would boost the Liberty above the .500-mark for just the second time this season ... Both clubs drew a win in the 2007 season series ... The Liberty struck the first blow with its fourth consecutive win of the season in dramatic fashion on The Garden floor ... Rookie center Jessica Davenport sunk the game winning basket to keep New York perfect at 4-0.

KEY MATCHUP

Janel McCarville
Position: C
Ht: 6-2
Experience: 4th Season
Stat Line: 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg

Tangela Smith
Position: F/C
Ht: 6-4
Experience: 11th Season
Stat Line: 11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 apg

Skinny: McCarville has been an offensive force in the Liberty's last few outings, averaging 20 points and leading the team to a 2-1 record in a three-game span ... New York will need her to continue the aggressive play on both ends of the floor, as well as on the glass against the reigning WNBA Champions ... Phoenix had a sluggish start to this summer, but has shown signs of improved play as of late ... The veteran Smith is capable of getting a double-double in any given game, so it's up to McCarville and the frontcourt line to keep her out of the paint and off the foul line where she is shooting 90-percent. 

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon - 14.7
Rebounds:  Kraayeveld - 5.9
Assists: L. Moore - 5.2

MERCURY

Points: Pondexter - 25.1
Rebounds: Smith - 7.7
Assists: Miller - 4.3

Etc.: The Liberty holds an all-time 11-1 record at The Garden when playing the role of host to the Mercury ... New York also boasts a 7-1 record against Phoenix when facing off in the month of June.

Compiled by Ria Charles & Maria Villena


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