Game Preview: June 23 @ Minnesota

Liberty 2008 Series Lynx
73.0 PPG 83.5
.429 FG% .472
.500 3PT FG% .435
31.5 REBOUNDS 29.0

New York Liberty @ Minnesota Lynx
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – 7:00PM (CST)
Arena:  Target Center 

Online: Live Access

2008 Season Series: Tied 1-1 
All-Time Regular Season Series: New York leads 11-6
 

Coming off of two impressive wins, New York is seeking its third consecutive victory for Tuesday evening's meeting against Minnesota ... With a win, the Liberty will be at the .500 mark for the first time in 2009 ... It was last year in the first match-up between these two teams that New York was lifted above .500 ... The Liberty will look to capitalize on Minnesota's loss of its leading scoring threat in Seimone Augustus (torn ACL) ... The last time the Liberty visited the Twin Cities, Augustus lit up the Target Center with 21 points to even the season series.

KEY MATCHUP

Shameka Christon
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-1
Experience: 6th Season
Stat Line: 16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg

Roneeka Hodges 
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-11
Experience: 5th Season
Stat Line: 4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.4 apg

Skinny: The Libs will be looking to Christon to anchor the offense, as in the last two games she's averaged 16 ppg and 6.5 rpg, proving her resilience and leadership on the floor ... Hodges, seeing increased minutes because of the shift in the Lynx roster, has been deadily from three-point range in the past two outings ... As executed in Sunday's game, New York will have to step up its transition game to keep pace with Minnesota's quickness and high scoring.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 16.5 
Rebounds: McCarville, 5.2 
Assists: McCarville, 3.0
LYNX

Points: Augustus, 21.0
Rebounds: Anosike, 6.4
Assists: Houston, 2.9
Etc, Etc: With 11 players on the roster, the Liberty's average age is 24.7 ... Cathrine Kraayeveld is the oldest at 27 and Kia Vaughn is the youngest at 22 ... The Lynx roster averages 24.2, for the youngest in the WNBA for the summer ... The last match-up between these two teams came almost a year to the day on June 24, 2008.

Compiled by Casey Riley

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