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New York Liberty finalizes 2014 training camp roster

Published on April 25, 2014

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The New York Liberty finalized its 2014 training camp roster with the additions of Jerica Coley, Shanece McKinney and Ebony Hoffman. The Liberty open training camp on Sunday, April 27, and to celebrate their return to New York City and Madison Square Garden the team will participate in the second annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk that day.

Coley, a 5-8 rookie guard from Florida International University (FIU), led the nation in scoring with 29.4 points per game in her senior year. In four seasons at FIU, she averaged 23.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. McKinney is a 6-4 center from Louisiana State University, where she averaged 7.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. Hoffman, a 10-year veteran of the WNBA, spent the previous three seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks and seven seasons with the Indiana Fever. For her career, she has averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

New York enters its second season under head coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer. In addition to All-Star guard Cappie Pondexter, the Liberty added 2012 WNBA MVP and former No. 1 draft pick Tina Charles in an offseason trade that will bolster the team’s starting frontcourt. All-Star forward Essence Carson is also expected to return to the court after a season-ending left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear last season. Along with this trio, New York will rely on a group of proven veterans, including Plenette Pierson, Kara Braxton, Delisha Milton-Jones, Alex Montgomery, and second-year players Toni Young and Kamiko Williams.

New York welcomes two 2014 WNBA Draft picks to training camp with second round selection Tyaunna Marshall (14th overall) from Georgia Tech and third round pick Meighan Simmons (26th overall) of Tennessee. In addition, the team signed three players to the 2014 training camp roster with forward Nicky Anosike, and guards Janeesa “Chucky” Jeffery and Anna Cruz. New York also acquired guard Sugar Rodgers in a trade with Minnesota.

The Liberty will tip-off the 2014 preseason with back-to-back games against the Connecticut Sun, beginning with a road contest at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m., followed by a home matchup on Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Exhibition play concludes on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. against the Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena.

NUM PLAYER POS HT WT DOB   FROM YRS
13 Nicky Anosike F-C 6-3 210 02/27/1986   Tennessee 5
45 Kara Braxton C-F 6-6 225 02/18/1983   Georgia 9
17 Essence Carson F-G 6-0 165 07/28/1986   Rutgers 6
31 Tina Charles C 6-4 198 12/05/1988   Connecticut 4
Jerica Coley G 5-8 01/16/1992   Florida International R
51 Anna Cruz G 5-10 10/27/1986 R
0 Chucky Jeffery G 5-10 05/08/1991   Colorado 1
10 Tyanunna Marshall G 5-9 12/22/1992   Georgia Tech R
Shanece McKinney F 6-4 08/25/1992   Louisiana State R
1 DeLisha Milton-Jones F 6-1 185 09/11/1974   Florida 15
21 Alex Montgomery G-F 6-1 185 11/12/1988   Georgia Tech 3
33 Plenette Pierson F-C 6-2 178 08/31/1981   Texas Tech 11
23 Cappie Pondexter G 5-9 160 01/07/1983   Rutgers 8
14 Sugar Rodgers G 5-9 160 12/08/1989   Georgetown 1
26 Meighan Simmons G 5-9 01/25/1992   Tennessee R
4 Kamiko Williams G 5-11 160 04/06/1991   Tennessee 1
15 Toni Young F 6-2 160 01/11/1991   Oklahoma State 1
Ebony Hoffman F 6-2 08/27/1982 USC 10

 

  • I hope NY keeps Meighan Simmons and have other consistent players to help carry the load for Cappie.

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