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.