Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sun, Liberty take two

The Sun and Liberty tip off shortly here at Madison Square Garden. Here are some quick notes entering the second of two straight match-ups between the two teams:

(1) Nykesha Sales (mild concussion) isn’t in the Sun’s starting lineup and is listed as questionable on the media game notes. But she was participating in the pre-game shoot around just a few minutes ago, and looks ready to play for the first time in four games.

When Sales came back from her ankle injury a few weeks ago, the supposed plan was to ease her back into her regular minutes. But with two overtime contests in her first three games back out West, she played major minutes (40 the first, 27 the second and 39 the third).

Expect Sun coach Mike Thibault to be a little more cautious this time around, especially with Sales’ replacement in the starting five, Evina Maltsi, playing so well as of late. In his defense, he didn’t really have the choice not to play Sales last time.

Another lineup note: Erika de Souza is making her first career start in place of Margo Dydek. This is solely because of the match-up problems New York center Janel McCarville creates.

(2) One of the hottest players in the league right now, Lindsay Whalen enters tonight eight assists shy of 600 in her career. Katie Douglas, who has already set a new single-season high with 99 dimes, needs one more to give the Sun two players with 100 assists in the same season for the first time in franchise history.

Check the front page of for updates at halftime (around 5 p.m.) and following the game.

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