Game Preview: July 25 vs. Los Angeles

Liberty 2008 Series Sparks
89.0 PPG 78
45.0 FG% 43.9
47.4 3PT FG% 31.3
31.0 REBOUNDS 34.0

Los Angeles Sparks @ New York Liberty
Friday, July 25, 2008 7:30PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG/NBA TV

Online Stream: NYLiberty.com

2008 Season Series: Liberty lead 1-0
All-Time Regular Season Series: Liberty lead 12-11

The Liberty will look to sweep the season series for the second time in franchise history against the Sparks in the final meeting of the regular season ... New York previously triumphed over Los Angeles during its west coast swing on July 1 at the Staples Center ... The Liberty battled back from an 11-point deficit behind Shameka Christon's career high 28 points to lead all scorers ... Candace Parker had a double-double, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds for the afternoon.

KEY MATCHUP

Janel McCarville
Position: F/C
Ht: 6-2
Experience: 4th Season
Stat Line: 12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg

Lisa Leslie
Position: C
Ht: 6-5
Experience: 11th Season
Stat Line: 15.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

Skinny: New York capitalized on 7/1 when Leslie was sent to the bench early because of foul trouble ... Los Angeles' veteran surely will not make the same mistake again as the 38 points the Liberty scored in the final frame -- a new franchise high for a quarter -- led to its fifth loss of the summer ... Another tough transition performance will be needed on Friday evening from New York and having the support of its home crowd will help fuel the young team's fire as the Olympic Break nears ... Dropping last Saturday's match-up against the Fever was the first loss for the Liberty in the Big Apple since June 8.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon - 16.2
Rebounds: Kraayeveld/Jackson - 5.7
Assists: Moore - 5.1

SPARKS

Points: Parker - 18.9
Rebounds: Parker - 9.4
Assists: Parker - 3.7 

Etc.: New York achieved its first winning streak on the road this summer with the wins over Connecticut on 7/15 and Washington on 7/23 ... The longest overall winning streak of the season came on 7/17 when the Liberty beat the Mystics for its third victory across six days.

Compiled by Ria Charles

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