New York City - Attempting to snap a three game slide, the New York Liberty host the Washington Mystics. Entering the afternoon contest at Madison Square Garden the Mystics strength is defense. They average 81 possessions a game with an offensive efficiency of just 91. Their 4-3 mark is courtesy of an 88 defensive efficiency. The Mystics have a 21 per cent turnover rate, a factor in that below par OE. They only force opponents into a 15 per cent TO rate. The defense is anchored by allowing only 42 per cent eFG percentage.
Coach Mike Thibault has one double figure scorer. Ivory Latta, a 5-6 guard out of North Carolina paces the Mystics with a 14.9 points per game average. Latta scored 15 and was instrumental in Washingon's victor over New York nine days ago. She is showing an 11.9 efficiency mark.
Kia Vaughn signed a few autographs and received well wishes from fans about an our before game time. A Rutgers product, Vaughn is a former Liberty player. St. Peter's coach Pat Coyle was another early arrival. Coyle is excited about next season with the arrival of Sven talented newcomers.