2008 New York Liberty season

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2008 New York Liberty season
Head Coach Pat Coyle
Arena Madison Square Garden
Attendance 9,045 per game
Results
Record 19–15
(.559)
Place 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff Finish Lost Eastern Conference Final
New York Liberty seasons
< 2007 2009 >

The 2008 WNBA season was the 12th season for the New York Liberty. The first ever outdoor professional basketball game was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium between the New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever.[1] Over 19,000 fans attended the game.

Offseason[edit]

The following player was selected in the Expansion Draft:

  • Ann Wauters New York Liberty

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Transactions[edit]

  • April 25 The Liberty waived Jennifer Benningfield.
  • April 16 The Liberty signed Kia Wright and Megan Darrah to training camp contracts.
  • April 2 The Liberty signed Tiffani Johnson, Jenni Benningfield and LaToya Davis to training camp contracts.
  • March 18 The Liberty signed Loree Moore to a three-year contract extension.
  • March 12 The Liberty signed Janel McCarville to a three-year contract extension.
  • March 11 The Liberty signed free agent Megan Duffy to a training camp contract.
  • March 4 The Liberty re-signed free agent Shameka Christon, re-signed Ashley Battle and signed Lindsay Bowen to a training camp contract.

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WNBA Draft[edit]

Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
7 Essence Carson  United States Rutgers
14 Erlana Larkins (from Detroit Shock)  United States North Carolina
27 Wanisha Smith (from Phoenix Mercury)  United States Duke
35 Alberta Auguste  United States Tennessee

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Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 22 12 .647 14–3 8–9 16–4
Connecticut Sun x 21 13 .618 1.0 13–4 8–9 13–7
New York Liberty x 19 15 .559 3.0 11–6 8–9 11–9
Indiana Fever x 17 17 .500 5.0 11–6 6–11 12–8
Chicago Sky o 12 22 .353 10.0 8–9 4–13 10–10
Washington Mystics o 10 24 .294 12.0 6–11 4–13 6–14
Atlanta Dream o 4 30 .118 18.0 1–16 3–14 2–18

Season Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
May 18 vs. Connecticut 63-77 Loss 0-1
May 22 vs. Washington 79-60 Win 1-1
May 25 @Detroit 62-72 Loss 1-2
May 30 @ Connecticut 84-89 Loss 1-3
June 3 vs. Seattle 77-63 Win 2-3
June 6 vs. Houston 81-73 Win 3-3
June 8 vs. Sacramento 63-70 Loss 3-4
June 11 @ Atlanta 81-77 Win 4-4
June 14 vs. Minnesota 77-76 Win 5-4
June 18 @ Indiana 69-83 Loss 5-5
June 22 vs. Phoenix 105-72 Win 6-5
June 24 @ Minnesota 69-91 Loss 6-6
June 26 vs. Indiana 102-96 (3OT) Win 7-6
June 28 @ Sacramento 78-82 Loss 7-7
July 1 @ Los Angeles 89-78 Win 8-7
July 3 @ Seattle 71-84 Loss 8-8
July 5 @ Phoenix 93-83 Win 9-8
July 8 @ San Antonio 79-83 Loss 9-9
July 12 vs. Detroit 74-64 Win 10-9
July 15 @ Connecticut 77-71 Win 11-9
July 17 vs. Washington 77-56 Win 12-9
July 19 vs. Indiana 55-71 Loss 12-10
July 23 @ Washington 80-73 Win 13-10
July 25 vs. Los Angeles 69-68 Win 14-10
July 27 @ Atlanta 86-76 Win 15-10
August 28 vs. Chicago 60-69 Loss 15-11
August 29 @ Detroit 69-83 Loss 15-12
September 2 @ Houston 90-87(OT) Win 16-12
September 5 vs. Atlanta 82-71 Win 17-12
September 7 vs. Chicago 69-61 Win 18-12
September 9 vs. San Antonio 76-82 Loss 18-13
September 11 @ Indiana 59-74 Loss 18-14
September 12 @ Chicago 69-62 Win 19-14
September 14 vs. Detroit 59-61 Loss 19-15

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Roster[edit]

New York Liberty roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
SF 22 United States Battle, Ashley 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Connecticut
G/F 17 United States Carson, Essence 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Rutgers
G/F 20 United States Christon, Shameka 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Arkansas
C 50 United States Davenport, Jessica 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Ohio State
PG 13 United States Duffy, Megan 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 135 lb (61 kg) Notre Dame
PF 3 United States Jackson, Tiffany Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Texas
PF 33 United States Kraayeveld, Cathrine 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oregon
PF 24 United States Larkins, Erlana 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) North Carolina
C 4 United States McCarville, Janel 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Minnesota
PG 23 United States Mitchell, Leilani 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) 130 lb (59 kg) Utah
PG 21 United States Moore, Loree 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Tennessee
SG 5 United States Thorn, Erin 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Brigham Young
SG 40 United States Willis, Lisa 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) UCLA
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score Result Record
Eastern Conference Semi September 18 vs. Connecticut 72-63 Win 1-0
September 20 @ Connecticut 70-73 Loss 1-1
September 22 @ Connecticut 66-62 Win 2-1
Eastern Conference Final September 26 vs. Detroit 60-56 Win 1-0 (3-1)
September 28 @ Detroit 55-64 Loss 1-1 (3-2)
September 29 @ Detroit 73-75 Loss 1-2 (3-3)

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The first ever outdoor professional basketball game is held at Arthur Ashe Stadium between the New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever. Over 19,000 fans attended the game.
  2. ^ WNBA.com: Atlanta Dream
  3. ^ WNBA.com: 2008 WNBA Transactions
  4. ^ WNBA.com: 2008 WNBA Draft Board