Game Day Preview: July 2 vs. Detroit

Liberty 2008 Series Shock
66.0 PPG 70.0
.355 FG% .423
.366 3PT FG% .353
29.5 REBOUNDS 40.5

Detroit Shock @ New York Liberty
Thursday July 2, 2009 -- 7:30PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden

TV : MSG | Online: Live Access

2008 Season Series: Detroit won 3-1
All-Time Regular Season Series: Detroit leads 23-17
All-Time Regular Season Series in New York: New York leads 12-7

The holiday weekend will kick off on Thursday evening with the Liberty's version of fireworks - a re-match of last season's Eastern Conference Finals ... When New York last hosted Detroit on its home floor in that post-season series, the Liberty captured an exciting Game One victory led by Janel McCarville's team-high 17 points and Shameka Christon's game-high 11 rebounds ... The regular season series proved to be a struggle for New York to match up with the defending champs, going 1-3 ... Heading into Thursday's match-up, the Liberty will look to get an early edge on their Conference foes ... Both teams currently find themselves on the opposite end of the Conference rankings from last season, each seeking out their third overall victory of the summer.

KEY MATCHUP

Essence Carson
Position: Guard/Forward
Ht: 6-0
Experience: 2nd Season
Stat Line: 8.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg

Deanna Nolan
Position: Guard/Forward
Ht: 5-9
Experience: 9th Season
Stat Line: 16.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.4 apg

Skinny: Stopping the Shock's leading lady will be high on the Liberty's defensive task list on Thursday ... Look for Carson and Christon to share the duties of handling Nolan, who averaged 14.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg in the 2008 season series against New York ... Carson enters this match-up averaging 2.4 steals per 40 minutes this summer ... The Libs will need her toughness on defending the Shock's veteran-heavy front-court.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 17.4
Rebounds: McCarville, 5.8
Assists: Moore, 3.4

SHOCK

Points: Nolan, 14.3
Rebounds: McWilliams, 6.3
Assists: Nolan, 3.0

Etc.: New York boasts three players in the WNBA's top 20 three-point shooting leaders in Battle (.500), McCarville (.500) and Christon (.488) ... In her fifth season as a pro, McCarville's trey on 6/7 was the first of her WNBA career.

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