NEW YORK, N.Y. – June 18, 2015 – The New York Liberty will close out a four-game home stand when it hosts the Indiana Fever on Pride Night, Friday, June 19, at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. Pride Night is the signature event of Pride Month, celebrated throughout June, and presented by Resorts World Casino New York City.
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ALL-TIME: Indiana leads, 35-22
2015 SEASON: New York, 1-0
LAST MEETING: June 9, 2015 (at New York) – New York 86, Indiana 79
After starting the season with a 3-0 mark at The Garden, the Liberty suffered a 74-59 setback to the Washington Mystics last Sunday evening. Tina Charles had led New York in scoring in each of its first four games in 2015, but scored just six points in the loss, while Essence Carson and Carolyn Swords scored 12 points apiece and Sugar Rodgers chipped in 10.
For Carson, it was her third-straight game scoring in double figures, and she is averaging 12.0 ppg over that stretch and is now shooting 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from 3-point range. Swords matches up well with the Mystics, having scored in double figures in both meetings this year. She was 5-for-10 from the field to finish with 14 points, after shooting a perfect 5-for-5 in the first game earlier this month.
Friday night’s matchup is particularly critical for New York, as after starting the season with 5-of-6 at home, things will balance out with five of the Libs’ next six games are on the road. Outside of a Sunday matinee against the Sparks on June 28, the Liberty will travel to Atlanta, Tulsa and Chicago to close out the first month of the year.
CLOSING OUT HOME STAND
The Liberty started the season with five of its first six games at Madison Square Garden is is closing out a four-game home stand. New York is 3-1 at The Garden in 2015 and 2-1 on its currrent homestand. After Friday night’s game against Indiana, the Liberty will play five of its next six games on the road.
TINA CHARLES DONATING HALF OF 2015 WNBA SALARY TO HOPEY’S HEART FOUNDATION
Liberty center Tina Charles announced she will donate half of her 2015 salary to the Hopey’s Heart Foundation. She’s dedicated to placing a minimum of 100 automatic external defibrillators (AED) throughout the United States each year. Nearly 390,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur annually. Having an automatic external defibrillators (AED) close by can mean the difference between life and death for a victim of SCA. Hopey’s Heart Foundation is committed to improving the health of student and amateur athletes by providing health education, CPR training and lifesaving AEDs in schools, community and recreational centers. To date, Ho
ALLEN TO MISS REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
Rookie forward Rebecca Allen will miss the remainder of the season due to a cartilage injury to her right knee. Allen has returned home to Australia in order to undergo surgery and begin the rehabilitation process, with the intent of returning to New York for the 2016 season.
For Friday night’s game against the Indiana Fever the Liberty will be celebrating Pride Night presented by Resorts World Casino NYC. Resorts World Casino NYC is the presenting sponsor of Liberty Pride Month, with a presence at all NY Liberty Pride events throughout the month of June.
ALL-STAR VOTING UNDERWAY
Voting for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game is underway and now fans have the ability to vote for any WNBA player for a chance to send them to the All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 25. There are four ways to vote and fans can pick up to 10 players each day with each method. Tag a player on Facebook or Twitter using the #wnbaballot hashtag, or vote on each individual player page on WNBA.com or the WNBA mobile app. Voting runs through July 9, and the starters will be announced on July 14.
LIBERTY AT ATLANTA GAME TO BE SIMULCAST ON MSG
The New York Liberty’s next road game against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday afternoon will be simulcast in the New York market by the MSG Network. Fox Sports South will be carrying the game in Atlanta local markets, with MSG picking up the feed to provide to Liberty fans back in New York. Tipoff on Sunday afternoon is scheduled for 3 p.m.
After starting the season with five of its first six games at home, the Liberty will hit the road and play five of its next six games away from Madison Square Garden. The Liberty started the season 3-0 at home before suffering their first home loss to the Mystics on 6/14. New York also began the season 3-1 for the first time since 2007.
So far this season, New York has gotten off to a hot start thanks in large part to its defensive intensity. The Liberty rank second in the WNBA, limiting opponents to just 36.6 percent shooting from the floor through the first five games. New York has held two opponents under 70 points, and allowed just 58 against Phoenix, while holding the Mercury to 57 points.