Game Day Preview: July 9 vs. Los Angeles

Liberty 2008 Series Sparks
79.0 PPG 73.0
.424 FG% .434
.391 3PT FG% .333
28.5 REBOUNDS 36.0

Los Angeles Sparks @ New York Liberty
Thursday, July 9, 2009 -- 7:30PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG

2008 Season Series: Liberty Won 2-0
All-Time Regular Season Series: Liberty Leads 13-11

The Liberty's home-stand rolls on with the annual visit from the Sparks ... New York is riding high from its thrilling victory over Detroit, while Los Angeles comes to the Big Apple off a loss to Phoenix ... The Liberty is on a quest to extend its active win streak over the Sparks, having swept the Western Conference title contenders in both of last season's meetings ... Although legend Lisa Leslie is sidelined by injury, the WNBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, Candace Parker, is back in action for the second time this season ... New York is looking to keep Los Angeles from scoring its first road victory of the summer.

KEY MATCHUP

Cathrine Kraayeveld
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-4
Experience: 5th Season
Stat Line: 8.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg

Tina Thompson
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-2
Experience: 13th Season
Stat Line: 13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg

Skinny: New York will be looking to produce a consistent outing following the triumph over the defending champs ... Speaking of consistency, that familiar shot of Kraayeveld's (that we all know and love) was falling last game and will need to be on target once again come Thursday night ... Kraayeveld and New York's back-court will have to turn up the pressure in the paint on a WNBA original in Thompson ... Cleaning the glass has been a weakness for New York, while Los Angeles is one of the top three rebounding teams in the league thus far this summer.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 18.4
Rebounds: McCarville, 5.6
Assists: Moore, 3.3

SPARKS

Points: Thompson, 13.4
Rebounds: Leslie, 7.4
Assists: Harrower, 3.3

Etc, Etc: The Liberty roster averages an age of 24, while the Sparks' roster average age is 30 ... New York is 13-2 all-time in its second match-up of a three-game home-stand ... Thursday's game will feature a special "Night of Giving," click here for more details on how you can celebrate WNBA Green Week with the Liberty and Sparks.

Compiled by Casey Riley & Elissa Dolacky

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