Game Preview: August 28 vs. Chicago

Liberty 2007 Series Sky
68.0 PPG   68.3
.422 FG% .386
.458 3PT FG% .308
32.5 REBOUNDS 36.5

Chicago Sky @ New York Liberty
Thursday, August 28, 2008 -- 7:30PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG

Online Stream: NYLiberty.com 

2008 Season Series: 0-0 
All-Time Regular Season Series: Liberty lead 4-3

After a month-long hiatus, basketball will return to The World's Most Famous Arena on Thursday evening as the Liberty will embark on the final leg of the 2008 WNBA regular season ... New York has nine games remaining and three of those match-ups will come against Chicago ... The WNBA's Olympic Break came at a time when New York was at its hottest point of the summer, capturing six straight victories on its home court and establishing the longest winning streak (three games) on the road ... Heading into Thursday night, the Liberty is looking to maintain its spot (No. 2) amongst the Eastern Conference elite and pick up where it left off before the designated time off ... The last time these two clubs met, New York clinched the last post-season berth with a win over the visitors from the Windy City in the final game of the 2007 regular season ... The season series last year saw each draw two wins a piece.

KEY MATCHUP

Loree Moore
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-9
Experience: 4th Season
Stat Line: 5.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.1 apg  

Dominique Canty
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-9
Experience: 9th Season
Stat Line: 8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg 

Skinny: Coming off this break, New York and Chicago will look to their floor leaders to set the tempo early on Thursday evening ... In the Liberty's last game, Moore tied a career high when she handed out nine assists in a win over the Dream ... With Chicago's struggling summer record of 8-17, New York will need to capitalize on these kind of match-ups to position itself for post-season contention ... Canty could return for the Sky after dealing with a knee injury, although if she does not, Chaney was turning in some fine performances in the vet's place back in July.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 16.4
Rebounds: Jackson, 5.7
Assists: Moore, 5.1

SKY

Points: Dupree, 17.2
Rebounds: Dupree, 8.4
Assists: Canty, 4.2 

Etc.: The Liberty has seen great success in seasons when there are Olympic Games ... In 2000, New York recorded its first 20-win season in franchise history, finished in first place in the East and made its second consecutive Finals appearance ... In 2004, the Liberty finished with an 18-16 record, was second in the Conference and reached the Conference Finals under interim head coach Pat Coyle ... Following the Olympic Break in 2004, New York went 5-4.

Compiled by Maria Villena

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