Connecticut Sun won their first playoff game since 2008 as they defeated New York Liberty in a low scoring game. The Liberty shot at 26% from the field, despite which they were able to tie the game up in the third quarter. That was followed up by a 12-0 run by the Sun to seal the win. Cappie Pondexter was 3 from 16 from the field, Essence Carson was 2 from 12, while also committing 4 turnovers. Tina Charles finished with 17 points, although she ended up a non factor on the boards. New York outrebounded Connecticut 44-39.
The Western conference semi was the polar opposite of the first game as both teams shot near 50%. The Sparks were able to come back from a 10 point third quarter deficit to win the game. Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike were essential for the Sparks as they clawed back in the game, with Candace Parker showing some flashes of brilliance on offense. The Sparks hit 10 of 10 freethrows in the final minute to ice the game. San Antonio had a chance to tie the game with 30 seconds remaining, but Becky Hammon missed a long distance shot.
New York Liberty – Connecticut Sun 60-65
Liberty: Pondexter 14, Pierson 13, Powell 11
Sun: Charles 17, Jones 10, Hightower 9
Connecticut Sun leads the series 1-0.
San Antonio Silver Stars – Los Angeles Sparks 86-93
Silver Stars: Hammon 19, Adams 17, Robinson 16, Young 12,
Sparks: Toliver 29, Parker 25, Beard 18, Ogwumike 12
Los Angeles Sparks lead the series 1-0.