Opening Day Game Preview: Connecticut @ New York

Liberty 2008 Series Sun
74.7 PPG 79.0
.419 FG% .429
.355 3PT FG% .397
28.6 REBOUNDS 38.6

Connecticut Sun @ New York Liberty
Sunday, June 7, 2009 – 4PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden

2008 Season Series: Connecticut Won, 2-1 
All-Time Regular Season Series: Connecticut leads 19-17

Here we go again! The Liberty will open its 13th WNBA regular season in front of its home crowd on Sunday, seeking a victory to make the start to the summer even sweeter ... It will be the third time in club history that New York's season will tip off against Connecticut ... These two teams will meet three more times this season ... The last time they saw each other was in the 2008 post-season, when the Liberty advanced in Game Three to head to the Eastern Conference Finals.

KEY MATCHUP

Cathrine Kraayeveld
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-4
Experience: 5th Season
'08 Stat Line: 9.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg

Asjha Jones
Position: Forward
Ht: 6-3
Experience: 8th Season
'08 Stat Line: 17.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg
Skinny: Although the Sun will open its season a day earlier, expect both clubs to come out hungry for an early win on Sunday ... In order to get a jump on the visitors, New York will look to Kraayeveld to limit the looks that Connecticut's reigning leading scorer and rebounder gets both inside and out ... Deadly from long range, Kraayeveld can draw Jones to the perimeter to open up the middle for a quick feed inside to her fellow front court 'mates McCarville, Jackson or Vaughn ... The Liberty is seeking a win over its Conference rival after dropping a pre-season game against the Sun back on May 22.

2008 TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: Christon, 15.7 
Rebounds: Kraayeveld, 6.1 
Assists: L. Moore, 4.6
SUN

Points: Jones, 17.0
Rebounds: Jones, 6.1
Assists: Whalen, 5.4
Etc.: The Liberty holds an all-time 3-9 record on Opening Day ... New York's last Opening Day victory came in 2007 with a 83-71 triumph over the Chicago Sky at The Garden.

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