NY Liberty Select Loree Moore
A native of Carson, California, the 5 9 guard has established herself as a dominant player in the backcourt. Over the course of four seasons at Tennessee, Moore averaged 6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.6 apg while leading the Lady Vols to the Final Four, where they appeared each of her four years. As a freshman, where she was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, she averaged 5.7 ppg and a team leading 3.91 assists per contest. She also dished out 133 assists to become the all-time freshman assist leader.
Moore, who had her junior season cut short due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, spent the summer of 2003 with the USA team at the Pan American Games. She started all seven games and averaged 25.6 minutes per contest along with 6.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg while leading the team to a 5-2 record and the silver medal.
"Our goal of bringing the WNBA Championship to New York remains the focal point of our season, said Blazejowski. The addition of Loree Moore deepens our backcourt and provides us with flexibility and options for our veteran players.
The New York Liberty also selected Tabitha Pool, from the Univerisity of Michigan, in the second round, 23rd overall and Rebecca Richman, from Rutgers University, in the third round making her the 36th player chosen.
Pool, a 6 1 forward, averaged 16.3 ppg and 9 rpg during her senior season at the University of Michigan. For her efforts she was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team. The Michigan native closed out her collegiate career averaging 11.9 ppg along with 7 rpg.
New York product Rebecca Richman rounds out the 2005 WNBA Draft for the New York Liberty. The 6 5 center helped lead the Scarlet Knights to the Elite Eight during the 2004 NCAA Tournament and recorded a team-high 36 blocks during her senior season while shooting .415 from the field.
The New York Liberty pre-season schedule opens with a home contest against the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm on Saturday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. from Madison Square Garden. The Liberty next travel to New Yorks state capital, Albany, to take on the Detroit Shock in a neutral site match up on Sunday, May 15.
The Liberty open the 2005 regular season on its home court at Madison Square Garden for only the second time in team history. On Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. head coach Pat Coyle and her Liberty team host the Detroit Shock, who come into The Garden for a rematch of the opening round of the 2004 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The season opener will be broadcast live on MSG Network. Liberty individual game tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, on-line at www.nyliberty.com, by phone at (877) WNBA-TIX and all TicketMaster outlets. Ticket prices for the 2005 Liberty season are $10.00, $29.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $69.50. For ticket orders of 15 or more, please call the NY Liberty Group Sales Dept. at (212) 465-6080. In addition, the number to call for Liberty Ticket Plans is (212) 465-6073. The New York Liberty basketball team is in its ninth year of operation with the 2005 season. Cablevision Systems Corporation owns Madison Square Garden, L.P., which includes MSG Network; FSN New York; the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); Radio City Entertainment; the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League), and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.