NYLiberty.com Looks At The Liberty's Next Match-Up

Game Preview: New York Liberty @ Connecticut Sun

Liberty Category Sun
10-12 RECORD 12-12
Lost Four STREAK Lost One
73.50 PPG 80.13
0.417 FG% 0.429
0.380 3PT FG% 0.326
31.55 REBOUNDS 36.58


New York (10-12) @ Connecticut (12-12)
Thursday, July 26, 2007 – 7PM
Arena: Mohegan Sun
TV: MSG (Local), NBA TV (National)

2007 Season Series: New York leads 1-0
All-Time Regular Season Series: Tied at 15-15

The Liberty hits the road on Thursday to face the Sun for the second time this season … In its last trip to Mohegan Sun (on June 20th), reserve guard Ashley Battle’s 18-point performance (six of 11 field shooting) paved the way to a 76-73 New York win … A pair of Battle’s free throws with nine seconds remaining extended the lead to three to send the Liberty home as victors … New York has claimed 15 victories in 30 of its all-time regular season series meetings versus Connecticut … The Liberty is 7-9 when the Sun plays the role of host ... They will meet once again, on Sunday, July 29th, at Madison Square Garden, for the beginning of a three-game homestand for New York.

KEY MATCHUP
Erin Thorn
Position: Guard
Ht / Wt: 5-10 / 150
Experience: Five years
Points: 11.4
Rebounds: 3.5
Assists:2.5
Katie Douglas
Position: Guard-Forward
Ht / Wt: 6-0 / 165
Experience: Six years
Points: 17.8
Rebounds: 4.54
Assists: 4.0
Skinny: On June 20th, Sun forward Katie Douglas posted a team-high 17 points (with Nykesha Sales), while Liberty guard Erin Thorn went down late in the third quarter with a sprained ankle and left the game with six points, three boards and three assists ... She went on to miss the next five matches, where the team went 1-4 without her ... On Thursday, New York will look to its veteran in Thorn, averaging 12.3 points across the last three games, to push the offensive tempo and end its biggest skid of the season ... Spanning the Sun's last four matches, Douglas has averaged over 20 points a game and is not going at it all alone ... Point guard Lindsay Whalen has posted significant numbers for Connecticut's back-court, with 20 points or more across three of the team's last five games ... The Douglas-Whalen combo will be looking to extend Connecticut's hot streak in the second half of the season.

TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Cathrine Kraayeveld – 11.6
Rebounds: Cathrine Kraayeveld – 5.05
Assists: Loree Moore – 4.8
SUN

Points: Katie Douglas – 17.8
Rebounds: Margo Dydek – 7.23
Assists: Lindsay Whalen – 5.0
Etc.: New York’s loss against Houston on July 20th was Connecticut’s gain, as the Sun advanced past the Liberty into third place in the Eastern Conference with its win over the Storm … The shift in ranks marked the first time all season that the Liberty fell below the .500 mark ... While the Sun enjoyed its longest winning streak of the season (six) before falling to the Shock on Tuesday, the Liberty head into this game with its largest losing streak on the year, with four losses in total, including three coming out of the All-Star break.

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