Liberty Adds Two More Players

New York, NY - February 16, 2006 - The New York Liberty has signed guard/forward Svetlana Volnaya and forward/center Liene Jansone. Liberty Senior Vice President and General Manager Carol Blazejowski made the announcement today.

The Detroit Shock drafted Volnaya, a 6’1” Belarus native, from the University of Virginia with the 38th overall pick in 2001. She was then waived shortly thereafter on May 18th. Since then, Volnaya has played internationally in Belgium, France, and Italy. She has also previously played for the Belarus National Team. Volnaya is currently playing professionally in the Czech Republic for USK Praha, where she is averaging 16.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 2.3 apg in 34.2 mpg.

A 2004 graduate of Siena College, Jansone is also currently playing professionally in Europe. In 18 games, the 6’2” center is averaging 17.8 and 10.3 rebounds in 36.4 minutes of action for Yaya Maria Porta XI in Spain.

“These two young players bring experience both at the collegiate and international levels,” said Blazejowski. “We are confident that they will be able to parlay that into success in the professional ranks here with the Liberty. They both offer us versatility and scoring power.”

Volnaya played three seasons (1998-2001) at the University of Virginia. In 93 games for the Cavaliers, she averaged 11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, to go with a .419 field goal percentage. Volnaya was a member of the All-ACC First Team in 2000. Prior to that, she spent her first collegiate year at Independence Community College in Kansas where she was a member of the NJCAA All-American Third Team. While there, Volnaya posted 19.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

Jansone racked up several honors during her four years (2000-2004) at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Among these honors were MAAC Rookie of the Year, MAAC Sixth Player of the Year as a sophomore, and MAAC Player of the Year as a junior. Her most productive season came in 2002-2003 when she averaged 17.2 points and 8.9 rebounds in 33 games as a junior.

As per team policy conditions of the contracts were not released.