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LIBERTY 75, SHOCK 62

Liberty strike first to take series lead

Elena Baranova scored 17 points to lead the New York Liberty over the Shock in Detroit last night in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-three series.

Crystal Robinson added 15 points and Becky Hammon had 13 for New York, which tied a franchise playoff record with nine 3-pointers. The Liberty finished 9 of 16 from beyond the arc. Deanna Nolan led the Shock with 20 points. Monarchs 72, Sparks 52 -- Tangela Smith scored 21 points, helping host Sacramento beat Los Angeles in the opener of their series.

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