No. 1 New York Liberty (18-14) vs. No. 3 Charlotte Sting (15-17)

Schedule: Game 1 -- Today, at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (Lifetime); Game 2 -- Sunday, at New York, 8 p.m. (Lifetime); Game 3 (if necessary) -- Monday, at New York 8 p.m. (ESPN).

Season record: 2-2.

Key Players: New York -- G Teresa Weatherspoon (7.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 2.4 spg), G Vickie Johnson (13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), F Sue Wicks (6.8 ppg, 7 rpg). Charlotte -- G Andrea Stinson (13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg),

F Vicky Bullett (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg), G Dawn Staley (11.5 ppg, 5.5 apg).

Data: Neither team comes into the playoffs on a roll. New York won just five of its last nine regular season games, while Charlotte lost seven of its last eight games. The Sting, which along with Houston is the only team to make the playoffs each of the WNBA's three season, picked up its first playoff win against Detroit to reach the the conference finals. The Liberty makes its second playoff appearance after missing last year. One of the series' most interesting matchups will be at point guard, with Weatherspoon, the Liberty's emotional leader, taking on Staley, who energizes the Sting with her floor guidance.