Liberty Face Mystics in Matinee Match-up on Thursday at Madison Square Garden

The New York Liberty had Madison Square Garden stirring with plenty of excitement for its victory in the season opener on Sunday and the good news is, there’s more to come!

For the second consecutive season, New York will hold its “School Day” game on Thursday (May 24), and will feature a free lunch* for fans. Enjoy a hot dog, chips and soda on the Liberty when they host Nikki Teasley, Alana Beard and the Washington Mystics at The Garden beginning at 11:00 AM. Read on to get the skinny on this upcoming match-up.

ALL-TIME
The Liberty holds an all-time series advantage of 20-13 over the Mystics. The last time these two teams saw each other was the final game of the 2006 regular season when New York defeated Washington, 93-81, in The Garden.

SEASON BESTS
Three current Liberty players finished the 2006 campaign with season highs against the Mystics. In the last match-up vs. Washington:

Forward Shameka Christon grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 22 points.
Center Barb Farris dished out her season-high five assists.
Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld scored her season-high 22 points.

FAMILIAR FACES
The Mystics’ forward Crystal Robinson and head coach Richie Adubato are no strangers to New York City. Robinson spent six seasons in a Liberty uniform, while Adubato guided the Liberty to a 100-79 record in five seasons as head coach, including back-to-back Eastern Conference Championships in 1999 and 2000.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Long Ball: Led by guard Erin Thorn, the Liberty shot 65 percent from beyond-the-arc in its last outing against the Sky, while the Mystics shot 38.5 percent against the Sun on Saturday. New York tied a franchise record with 13 three-pointers for the night.

On the Glass: Both squads grabbed 33 rebounds in their season openers.

Dish It Out: New York dished out 17 assists on Sunday, led by guards Loree Moore and Erin Thorn, with four each. Teasley recorded a game-high seven assists for Washington against Connecticut.

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Are you ready for Thursday? Score your tickets now! Buy them online at nyliberty.com, at The Garden Box Office or call 877-WNBA-TIX.

* Tickets priced at $29.50, $39.50 and $54.50.