NYLiberty.com Breaks Down The Liberty's Next Match-Up

Game Preview: New York Liberty at Detroit Pistons

Liberty Category Shock
10-9 RECORD 14-5
Lost 1 STREAK Won 3
70.2 PPG 79.9
0.414 FG% 0.433
0.379 3PT FG% 0.379
31.8 REBOUNDS 37.8


New York (10-9) @ Detroit (14-5)
Wednesday, July 18th, 12:00pm
Arena: The Palace of Auburn Hills
TV: Will not be televised

2007 Season Series: Tied at 1-1
All-Time Regular Season Series: Shock Leads 19-15

The Liberty will travel to Detroit once again, to face off against the Shock on Wednesday, July 18 at The Palace of Auburn Hills ... Detroit currently possesses the all-time series advantage, with 19 wins out of 34 meetings … The last time these two teams squared off, the Liberty won in an 82-81 overtime thriller at The Palace ... The Liberty’s record of 10-9 coming out of the All-Star break is a vast improvement from last season’s squad, which was 4-11.

KEY MATCHUP
Janel McCarville
Position:Forward/Center
Ht / Wt: 6-2 / 205
Experience: 3 years
Points: 5.6
Rebounds: 3.7
Cheryl Ford
Position: Forward
Ht / Wt: 6-3 / 191
Experience: 5 years
Points: 12.8
Rebounds: 10.7
Skinny: When last in Detroit on July 6th, forward Janel McCarville scorched the Shock with her first career double-double, (18 points, 12 rebounds) to give New York its first victory at The Palace since June of the 2002 season … McCarville is having a banner season, posting double figures in four out of New York’s last seven games … As usual, expect a very physical game on both ends of the court from the defending WNBA Champion Shock, led by Cheryl Ford … A starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars and the League-leading rebounder, Ford is posting career numbers this season, with 12.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game … Her 22-point performance against New York in the last meeting stands as her season-high.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Shameka Christon - 11.9
Rebounds: Cathrine Kraayeveld - 5.3
Assists: Loree Moore - 4.7
SHOCK

Points: Deanna Nolan - 16.8
Rebounds: Cheryl Ford – 10.7
Assists: Deanna Nolan - 4.2
Etc.: This season's Liberty is a blue-collar team, stressing the age old saying of, "There is no ‘I’ in team," as on any given night there could be a different player to step up for the team ... New York has had seven different players lead the team in scoring and nine different players lead the team in rebounding in its first 19 games ... The Liberty are 8-1 when four or more players score in double figures this season.

Compiled by Kimberly Griffith