Liberty to Host Phoenix Saturday Night in WNBA 2nd Round

New York, September 21, 2016 – The New York Liberty will host the Phoenix Mercury in a 2016 WNBA Playoffs 2nd Round single-elimination game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.

The No. 8 seed Mercury won at Indiana earlier on Wednesday night to advance to the 2nd Round. By securing the No. 3 seed for the playoffs, New York received a 1st Round bye, and will now play Phoenix for the right to advance to the best-of-5 WNBA semifinals.

New York won the regular season series against Phoenix, 2-1, going 1-1 in games at Madison Square Garden, including a 92-70 win in the most recent meeting on Sept. 3. This will be just the second postseason matchup between New York and Phoenix and the first since the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997, when New York defeated the Mercury 59-41 in what was then the one-game WNBA semifinals.

This season, the WNBA debuted a new playoff format that included the eight teams with the best overall record regardless of conference affiliation.

By virtue of having the best two records in the league, Minnesota and Los Angeles secured the top two seeds, and a bye into the WNBA Semifinals, which will now be a best of five series, a departure of the best-of-three conference semifinals in year’s past.

The Liberty went 21-13 overall during the regular season, reaching 20 wins in consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history and the first since 2000-01. New York is led by WNBA Most Valuable Player candidate Tina Charles, who became just the 3rd player in WNBA history the league in scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg), and the first-ever member of the Liberty to lead the WNBA in either category.

Individual tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster, at, or by calling 212-465-6073. Fans can also purchase New York Liberty 2016 WNBA Playoffs ticket strips to receive access to every potential Liberty postseason home game.

All ticket orders are subject to service charges. To inquire about tickets for people with disabilities, please call the Madison Square Garden Disabled Services Department at (212) 465-6034.