An All-Star Week for Liberty Players

New York, NY - March 9, 2006 - San Diego Siege players Cathrine Kraayeveld and Loree Moore are showing a lot of people what basketball and teamwork are all about. If their effort and hard work in the NWBL continue long into summer, it is going to be an exciting three months at The Garden. This past Monday, both players represented the National Team in the NWBL All-Star Game. Even though the team lost, 87-59, to the American Team, our Liberty representatives still left their mark. Kraayeveld scored nine points and Moore added eight.

The duo’s All-Star appearance was just the beginning of their great week, as their stellar play continued Tuesday. The Siege defeated the San Jose Spiders, 101-72, marking the first time this season a team has reached the century mark. Kraayeveld’s numbers were nothing short of spectacular, finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and a blocked shot in only 28 minutes of play. Moore added 11 points, and praised her team afterwards stating, “No matter what the situation is, we always play our 'A' game.” The Siege’s win over the Spiders brings their season record to 9-1, and they remain three games ahead in the standings of the Colorado Chill. In her 10 games this season, MVP candidate Kraayeveld is averaging 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 34.0 minutes. Add to that a .881 free throw percentage, a category in which she tops the league. Starting point guard Moore is posting 8.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 29.9 minutes of action.

You might be wondering where Colorado Chill star Becky Hammon figures into this NWBL mix. Hammon is taking a brief break from the league to join the USA Basketball team for competition overseas. The team, which also features Sue Bird, Swin Cash, and Diana Taurasi, just to name a few, defeated MKB Euroleasing Sopron in Hungary on Monday, 95-78. On Wednesday, the team pulled out a close one against Lotos Gdynia in Poland, 66-61.

Five Liberty ladies saw action in the Spanish league this past weekend. Kelly Schumacher’s Perfumerias cruised to victory over USP-CEU-Adecco Estudiates, 72-51. In 27 minutes, Schumacher recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, bringing her season averages to 13.4 points and 9.7 boards in 21 games. Iciss Tillis led her team, Acis Incosa, to victory over Ros Casares Valencia, 65-63. Tillis racked up 15 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes. In eight games this season, she is averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 35.6 minutes. Unfortunately, Schumacher and Tillis were the only Liberty players to see victory this week. Ashley Battle put up seven points and four rebounds in Universitario de Ferrol’s loss to Arranz-Jopisa Burgos, 69-49. In 21 games thus far, Battle is posting 10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 28.4 minutes. Kiesha Brown’s Hondarribia-Irun was defeated by Universitat de Barcelona - F.C. Barcelona, 89-78. In 32 minutes, Brown recorded 14 points, three assists, and three boards. In her 21 games, Brown is averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 33.0 minutes per contest. Liene Jansone had 12 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action for Yaya Maria Porta XI as they fell to Mann Filter Zaragoza, 91-68. Also having played 21 games so far, Jansone is posting 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in 35.8 minutes.

Finally, in France, Barbara Farris’ Saint-Amand defeated Mourenx, 79-66, on Saturday. In 25 minutes, Farris supplied seven points and four boards. In four games, Farris is averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in 31.4 minutes of action.

Shameka Christon (Isreal), Svetlana Volnaya (Czech Republic), and Emilie Gomis (France) saw no action this week.

Check back next week for another off-season player update.