Season Spotlight Shines on July Slate

March 16, 2017

The month of July brings a lot of intrigue for the Liberty. The month begins and ends with pieces of the two longest road trips of the season. After a four-game swing that opens at the end of June, New York plays 3-straight at The Garden, before hitting the road once again, this time for 5-straight, a trip that starts after the All-Star Break, and continues into August.

One of the most difficult months in terms of opponent winning percentage from a year ago (157-149, .513), there are several games against teams that have seen significant changes since last year, including two matchups with the revamped Chicago Sky (who were in the playoffs last year) and the first trip of the year to MSG for the Washington Mystics and Elena Delle Donne; the Mystics were not a playoff team a year ago, without their new star.

JULY 2017 BY THE NUMBERS
Home (3) Away (6)
Games against 2017 WNBA Playoff teams: 7
Combined 2016 record of opponents: 157-149 (.513)
Longest home stand: 3 games
Longest road trip: 3 games (2x)

ROAD TRIPS BOOKEND HOME STAND
New York’s three home games all come in a row, a home stand that is sandwiched by a couple of lengthy road swings. New York hosts Chicago, Washington, and Connecticut in a 6-day span, which includes a marquee Friday night matchup against the Sky and a Sunday matinee against the Mystics. The Sun game on July 19 will be Camp Day, and the Liberty’s last action before the 2017 WNBA All-Star Break.

SEATTLE HOSTS ALL-STAR 2017
This year the WNBA All-Star game will be headed to the Pacific Northwest for the 1st time as the Seattle Storm prepare to host. New York features three former All-Stars in Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince, and Shavonte Zellous, so who will represent the Liberty in 2017? Charles was there in 2015, the last time the league held it’s mid-season showcase, can Sugar Rodgers, Kiah Stokes, Amanda Zahui B, Brittany Boyd break through for their 1st appearance?

1ST TIME FOED
Although 2 months of competition will already be in the rearview mirror, the Liberty will be facing a pair of teams for the 1st time in Chicago and Indiana. New York faces the Sky twice in July, at The Garden on the 14th, and to end the month at All-State Arena on the 30th, a game that will be the 3rd of a 5-game road trip.

NEW LOOK MYSTICS
The new-look Washington Mystics will make their 1st of 2 trips to The Garden on Sunday, July 14. A revamped lineup that features former league MVP Elena Delle Donne and the addition of guard Kristi Toliver plays the Liberty in a matinee for what is sure to be one of the most anticipated home games of the season.

NOTES
• The Liberty will play the Chicago Sky twice in July, and are meeting the Sky and Fever for the 1st time
• The Liberty do not play from July 20-24 as it takes a break for the All-Star game in Seattle on July 22.
• After the All-Star break New York immediate hits the road for five in a row, a tough stretch that includes away games against Minnesota, Indiana, and Los Angeles.