2008_09_libertylogo.jpgFever 74, Liberty 59: The last time the Liberty and Fever faced off was before the under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before the Olympic break. In that matchup, the Fever handily defeated the Liberty, 71-55. Even before last night's game, both the Liberty and Fever clinched spots in the upcoming playoffs with playoff seeding as the only thing left to be decided. If New York managed to win all its remaining games while the Detroit Shock and Connecticut Sun (tied for 1st before yesterday's games) lost all their games, the Liberty would sneak into the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's top seed.

Well, that didn't happen. The Fever started hot, quickly giving itself a 20-3 lead that the Liberty were unable to overcome. Tammy Sutton-Brown led the Fever to victory with 16 points. New York, who was playing without Janel McCarville and Tiffany Jackson, lost to the Indiana for the third time this season and will likely finish the season with the thirds best record in the Eastern Conference. The Fever, meanwhile, are the WNBA's only playoff-bound team currently with a losing record.