Liberty fans have been waiting 27 seasons for the W.N.B.A. It was obvious on Friday evening. The atmosphere at Barclays Center was electric for New York’s opening postseason game against the Washington Mystics

Fans waved white playoff towels, booed every call that didn’t go their way and cheered for each celebrity featured on the Scoreboard with Malala, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning girl; the Tennis great Billie Jean King and Teresa Weatherspoon the Former Liberty star. Members of the team’s N.B.A. counterparts, the Brooklyn Nets was also in attendance.

These fans were rewarded, as Liberty won 90-75 behind Sabrina Ionescu’s 29 points, and Jonquel Jones’ 20. The The game began as a back-and forth battle of nerves, but the Liberty held a small lead at halftime and never gave it up. Ionescu broke the franchise postseason record with seven 3 pointers in the game.

After the Liberty Wrapped the With a record of 32-8, there were high expectations that they would be able to take the championship. the championship. The second seeded team is the winner in the Playoffs are a great way to get into the playoffs. the Las Vegas Aces are seeded as the first team.


A win on Tuesday in Brooklyn, in Game The second game of the best-of-3 series is against the Mystics would send the Liberty the semifinals — and get them one step closer to that elusive title.