New York 68, Utah 64
Game 5: Sunday at Madison Square Garden
Utah 32 32-64
New York 29 39-68
First half: Continuing where they left off Monday night in the Delta Center against New York, the Starzz spotted the Liberty a bucket, then went on a 10-0 run, gave up a rebound bucket and went ahead 15-4. Forward Fran Harris scored six of Utah's first 13 points. Margo Dydek, who had her best game against New York Monday, made her first three baskets and a free throw as Utah maintained a 19-10 lead, and Tammi Reiss' free throws made it 11 again. Coach Denise Taylor mass-substituted at that point, 11:33 of the half, and the Starzz could never recapture their momentum.
Second half: New York's Rebecca Lobo, silent the first half, scored the Liberty's first eight points; her steal and layup gave New York its first lead since 2-0, 37-36. Dydek got her fourth foul four minutes into the half, but Lobo went cold about the same time, missing a layup, making a turnover, fouling three times and seeing Dydek block her. Utah led 44-39. There were 12 second-half lead changes, Utah leading by three (58-55) as late as 5:39 and 59-58 with 2:55 left when Vickie Johnson's free throws put the Liberty up for good, 60-59. Kym Hampton scored after Lobo rebounded a missed Utah free throw, Johnson potted a three after a Starzz turnover, and the Liberty was off on an 11-0 run.
Records: Starzz 2-3, Liberty 2-4
Quotable: "It's like a plane is departing. For me, it actually does not matter." - Starzz' forward Elena Baranova on the subject of crowd noise at the Garden.
Next up: Starzz at Cleveland Monday, 5:30 p.m. MDT on ESPN-TV