Historic Ties Bring New York & Indiana Together
As New York prepares to meet its next Eastern Conference opponent on Friday and Saturday night, NYLiberty.com is taking a look back at the most historic moments in this all-time regular season series.
It was in the Libertyï¿½s national television debut of 2008 that New York went head to head with Indiana for the second match-up of the season series on June 26 at Madison Square Garden. And it was just four days after the Liberty had scored the most points (105) in franchise history against the then defending WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury. The game went on to exceed the century mark once again, when New York posted 102 points against Indiana, as the match-up went into triple overtime. The three overtime periods became a new regular season first for both clubs. The game also tied for the second longest in overtime periods in WNBA history. Adding to the franchise records, center Janel McCarville became just the second player in club history to score 31 points, a then individual career-high. With the 102-96 win, the Liberty evened the season series at 1-1.
The next time both clubs faced off, it was in front of 19,393 fans on July 19, 2008. Professional basketball history was made as the Liberty hosted the Fever at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, in the first regular season game to be played outdoors in the sportï¿½s history. The Fever walked away as the victors with a 71-55 win, however it was the first loss for the Liberty in the Big Apple in over 40 days.
It was not the first time that New York and Indiana had met in an off-site location. Back on September 16, 2004, the Liberty topped the Fever 77-71 in overtime as part of a six-game slate at Radio City Music Hall. The Liberty made history by being the first sports team to play on New York Cityï¿½s ï¿½Great Stage.ï¿½
Come Friday night ï¿½ coincidentally the same date as last yearï¿½s historic triple overtime match ï¿½ New York will be seeking to hold onto its advantage in the all-time regular season series (9-7) when playing the role of host to Indiana.
What's in store for this season's series? Be there for the first match-up of the 2009 campaign on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, beginning at $10, are on sale now by clicking here, stopping by the Madison Square Garden Box Office or calling 877-WNBA-TIX. And tune into MSG on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. to see the Liberty take on the Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse.