Game Preview: August 29 @ Detroit

Liberty 2008 Series Shock
68.0 PPG    68.0
.339 FG% .420
.341 3PT FG% .333
41.0 REBOUNDS 44.0

New York Liberty @ Detroit Shock
Friday, August 29, 2008 -- 7:30PM
Arena: The Palace of Auburn Hills
TV: MSG/NBA TV

Online Stream: NYLiberty.com 

2008 Season Series: 1-1 
All-Time Regular Season Series: Shock lead 21-17

In its first back-to-back of the summer, the Liberty will hit the road for the first time since coming back from the Olympic hiatus ... Friday night will be game three of the season series against the Shock ... Detroit captured the first victory of the season series on May 25 in Motown, but New York evened the score by pulling away with a 10-point win at The Garden on July 12 ... The Liberty will see a revised Shock roster to face off against on this trip, as Plenette Pierson is still sidelined by her multiple game suspension and will for the third time this summer play against veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin ... Going into Friday's game, New York is packing its longest road win streak of the season at three games, while Detroit has lost three straight at The Palace.

KEY MATCHUP

Essence Carson
Position: Guard
Ht: 6-0
Experience: Rookie
Stat Line: 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.9 apg  

Deanna Nolan
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-11
Experience: 8th Season
Stat Line: 15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.0 apg 

Skinny: New York may look to its rookie for a big performance on the defensive end against one the of the league's leading offensive threats in Nolan ... Carson's skill set boasts a tremendous defense and the Liberty will need her to put the pressure on Detroit's go-to ... New York has shown it can keep pace with the Bad Girls and should make certain not to let their physical nature intefere with their game plan to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings heading into the final leg of the summer.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

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

SHOCK

Points: Nolan, 15.3
Rebounds: Ford, 8.7
Assists: Nolan. 5.0

Etc.: The Liberty hold an all-time 66-48 record when playing in a back-to-back series ... New York is 37-20 all-time in the first game and 29-28 all-time in the second game ... When the first game is at home and the second matchup is on the road, the Libs are 28-24 overall, 18-8 in the first one and 10-16 in the second one ... New York will endure only one more back-to-back series this summer, when playing in Indiana on September 11 and in Chicago on September 12.

Compiled by Maria Villena

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