Liberty Adds Seven Free Agents
Coker, a 6 2 forward/center, averaged 16.8 points per game along with 8.8 rebounds, while playing an average of 34.2 minutes per contest for team Extrugasa in the Femenina league in Spain. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2004, Coker compiled a stellar collegiate career at Old Dominion University where she averaged 11 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She captured All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team honors in 2004 along with All-Rookie Team in 2001 and All-CAA Tournament Team each year.
Stephens is coming off a NWBL season where she averaged 9.6 points along with 7.9 rebounds per game for the Lubbock Hawks. The 6 4 forward/center was originally drafted by the Houston Comets (37th overall) in the 2004 WNBA draft and ranked second all-time in rebounding (1,223) and eighth in total points (1,708) for the University of Texas. She became only the third player in Long Horns history to notch 1,000-plus points while grabbing 1,000-plus rebounds.
Gibson, 5-9 guard/forward, averaged 1.7 points in four seasons with the Houston Comets. A 1999 graduate of the University of Maryland, Gibson ranked among the Comets career leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.341, 30-88). She saw action in each of Houstons first three preseason games prior to being waived by the Comets on May 12, 2004.
Carter, originally drafted by the Liberty in 2004, played with Detroit Shock where she saw limited action in two games during the 2004 season. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the 62 forward averaged a double-double, 16.9 ppg and 10.8 rpg, in her senior campaign and was named the 2004 WAC Player of the Year.
Ndiaye, who graduated from Southern Nazarene in 2004, was a Liberty training camp invitee last season. She was released prior to the regular season and has since spent time playing with team Clermont in France where she averaged 13 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 20 games.
Cal Poly graduate Keila Beachem recently completed play with the Chicago Blaze of the NWBL where she averaged 10.8 ppg along with 6.1 rpg. The 6 2 forward was chosen All-CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) First Team in 2004.
Aminata Yanni, a 6 1 forward from the Univeristy of Illinois, is currently playing in Switzerland. She finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 14.4 during 2004 conference games and ranks 7th in career 3-pointers with 72.
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