Game Preview

Liberty Host Defending Champions

New York Liberty (6-11) vs. Minnesota Lynx (13-5)
Madison Square Garden | New York
Sunday, July 6 | 2 p.m.

Broadcast: ESPN2



AT STAKE:
Both teams are riding a win streak. New York is looking for their third win in a row and fourth in five games. The Lynx are looking for their third consecutive win and fifth in six games. Minnesota leads the regular season series, 1-0; the Lynx were victorious over the Liberty at home, 87-82, on May 24.

LIBERTY LAST GAME:
The Liberty, led by big games from Tina Charles, Cappie Pondexter and Anna Cruz, defeated the Tulsa Shock at home, 90-74, on Tuesday. Charles faced up to the basket and attacked the rim, using a variety of fakes and footwork to total 28 points and 14 rebounds. Pondexter added emotion to go along with 21 points and 5 assists. Cruz played a perfect game scoring 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting, also dishing out 5 assists and 0 turnovers.

LYNX LAST GAME:
The Lynx defeated the San Antonio Stars, 91-84, on Thursday, led by point guard Lindsay Whalen, who dropped 22 points and 7 assists. Star forward Maya Moore heated up for 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, while Monica Wright pitched in a season-high 17 points.

X-FACTORS

No Augustus: Advantage New York
Seimone Augustus (bursitis, left knee) missed her second straight game on Thursday, depriving the Lynx of 17.2 points per game.

Wright Gets Her Groove Back: Advantage Minnesota
Monica Wright missed the first ten games of the season due to an offseason knee surgery. She initially struggled to find her footing, but broke out on Thursday, scoring17 points, including the game’s first six. With Augustus sitting, Wright's contributions become that much more integral to the Lynx's success.

Liberty Gain Crucial Practice Time: Advantage New York
After Tuesday’s victory,, the Liberty took advantage of an off day and three days of practice. That time is crucial for a team looking to mature its offensive execution, lock down its defensive responsibilities, and bring along newcomers like Charde Houston.