NEW YORK, N.Y. – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 – The New York Liberty will host Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Delta and hold a postgame retirement ceremony for star Swin Cash when the team takes on the Seattle Storm for an action packed night at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7, at 7 PM.
The Liberty has partnered with Delta for a “retweet to donate” social media campaign, with Delta committed to donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every retweet the team’s Breast Health Awareness message receives, with a maximum donation of $5,000.
At the game, the first 5,000 fans in attendance at Madison Square Garden will receive a drawstring bag and there will be an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, which will feature autographed pink and white Liberty jerseys. Fans will also receive “I #ShowUp for….” placards at ingress, where they can recognize loved ones who have fought or are fighting breast cancer.
After the game, which if the Liberty win, means the team can finish no worse than third heading into the WNBA playoffs, New York will honor Cash, one of the most influential players in the history of the WNBA. The ceremony will take place on the court immediately following the action, and will be broadcast live on MSG+.
• The Liberty picked up its 20th win of the season with a convincing 92-70 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night. Tina Charles posted her 17th double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds, leading three players in double figures. Brittany Boyd scored a season-high 19 points and dished out a team-leading six assists.
• The Liberty will honor the legacy and career of forward Swin Cash with a postgame retirement ceremony on Wednesday night. The program will begin on the court immediately after the game against the Seattle Storm as some of the biggest names in the WNBA come together to celebrate Cash’s incomparable success and influence.
• Wednesday night’s game will be the Liberty’s annual Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Delta. The Liberty will wear pink jerseys, and there will be a silent auction on the concourse. Fans will also display placards to recognize loved ones who have or are fighting breast cancer.
• New York has won eight-straight games against the Seattle Storm, but both of this year’s wins came down to the wire. Tina Charles is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game against the Storm, while Breanna Stewart is averaging 16.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two contests.
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Swin Cash will retire as one of the most decorated players in the history of women’s basketball. Earlier this year, Cash was named one of the WNBA’s 20 greatest and most influential players in its history, having won three WNBA Championships (2003, 2006, 2010), two Olympic gold medals (2004, 2012) and two NCAA Championships (2000, 2002).
At the conclusion of the season, she will end her career ranked in the top-15 in WNBA history in scoring, rebounding, assists, and games played. She is one of two players in league history to amass more than 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists, the other being Tamika Catchings, who is also retiring at the end of the 2016 WNBA season.
Going back to before the Olympic break, second-year point guard Brittany Boyd has been enjoying a tremendous hot streak for the Liberty, which was capped off by a season-high 19 points and six assists in the win over Phoenix on Sept. 3. Over the previous five games, Boyd’s stats have been significantly more efficient compared to her season averages, as during that stretch she ranks second for the Liberty averaging 11.8 points per game, with four games in double figures.
Getting off to a strong start has proven to be critically important to the Liberty’s success this season. New York is 16-1 when it leads after 10 minutes of action, and 15-1 when in front heading into the half. If the Liberty finds itself behind after the first quarter, the team has come back to win just four times, with a 4-8 record in those games.