The Opening Act

Opening Day comes but once a year. What happens on that first day has the potential to set the pace for the whole season. So there is no question that the Liberty wants to be big and bold in its actions on Sunday, June 7, as it embarks on its thirteenth year as a charter member of the WNBA.

The Liberty’s home court will play the role of host on Opening Day, beginning at 4:00 p.m. when All-Stars Lindsay Whalen, Tamika Whitmore and the Connecticut Sun come to town. It will be just the fifth time in franchise history that New York will open the summer on The Garden floor.

This will be the third time that the Liberty and Sun have faced off on New York’s Opening Day. Previously, the 2008 Opening Day game resulted in a Liberty loss to the Sun on May 18. This Eastern Conference match-up also launched the 2006 season on May 20. Despite a game-high 20 points from Becky Hammon and Shameka Christon’s eight rebounds, Connecticut ran away with the win 91-74 in front of a crowd of 8,316 at Mohegan Sun.

New York owns just two wins when opening the season at The Garden. The first of those two victories came against the Cleveland Rockers on June 10, 1999, led by Vickie Johnson’s game high 17 points and Kym Hampton’s team high seven rebounds. The second victory, more recently, was on May 20, 2007 versus the Chicago Sky, with Erin Thorn’s career-high 28 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld’s team-high eight rebounds.

What’s in store for this season’s opening act? You’ll just have to wait and see for yourself as Shameka Christon, Janel McCarville and the youthful Liberty squad pick up where they left off in 2008, vying for an invitation to the WNBA Finals.

Don’t miss out on the action & excitement of Opening Day, as well as the rest of the Liberty season! To reserve the edge of your seat, click here, visit The Garden Box Office, or call 877-WNBA-TIX. For information about season tickets and group deals all summer long, click here.