Game Preview: September 14 vs. Detroit

Liberty 2008 Series Shock
68.3 PPG 73.0
.355 FG% .450
.359 3PT FG% .351
36.7 REBOUNDS 45.7

New York Liberty @ Detroit Shock
Sunday, September 14, 2008 -- 4:00PM
Arena:  Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG

Online Stream: NYLiberty.com 

2008 Season Series: Detroit leads 2-1 
All-Time Regular Season Series: Detroit leads 22-17

The ladies from Motown have proven to be tough competition for New York and took the summer series advantage in the last meeting on August 29 at The Palace ... The Liberty will have to turn up the defensive effort in this outing now that Plenette Pierson, the league's reigning Sixth Woman, is back in the rotation for the Shock ... The Garden faithful will never forget last year's final season series match-up against this Eastern Conference foe when Erin Thorn sunk a jump shot with 3.3 seconds remaining to even the series score at 2-2 ... Likely to face off once again in the approaching post-season, if New York wins on Sunday, it would the fifth tie in the all-time series history between these two clubs.

KEY MATCHUP

Cathrine Kraayeveld
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-4
Experience: 4th Season
Stat Line: 10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg  

Taj McWilliams-Franklin
Position: Center
Ht: 5-11
Experience: 11th Season
Stat Line:  13.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 apg 

Skinny: Although New York is known for its long range shooting skills, a lot of the game action come Sunday will be taking place in the paint ... Detroit's line-up boasts a big physical game and now has veteran Taj McWilliams-Frankling leading that charge ... When they last met, the Shock center made her debut in Detroit and posted 15 points with seven boards to boot ... Kraayeveld and the rest of the Libs front court must match McWilliams-Franklin's toughness and make sure to limit her second chance looks at the basket.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 16.0
Rebounds: Kraayeveld, 5.9
Assists: Moore, 4.8

SHOCK

Points: Nolan, 15.9
Rebounds: Ford, 8.7
Assists: Nolan. 4.7

Etc.: What better match-up for the last day of the regular season than facing off against the fan's favorite opponent? On Sunday, the Liberty will celebrate its loyal fan base with its annual "Fan Appreciation Day" ... The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.

To score tickets for the Liberty's 2008 WNBA Playoff run, click here, visit The Garden Box Office or call 877-WNBA-TIX.