Liberty Players Hooping It Up Out West

New York, NY - February 3, 2006 - The 2006 WNBA season won't tip-off for a few more months, but this weekend three Liberty players will be back on the court. To get ready for the upcoming season in New York, Becky Hammon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Loree Moore will head west to play in the National Women's Basketball League. The NWBL begins its abbreviated season on Saturday.

The NWBL will field four teams this season - the San Francisco Legacy, Colorado Chill, San Diego Siege and San Jose Spiders - with Liberty players on two of them. San Francisco and San Diego are both new to the league this year. And not only is the Siege a new addition to the NWBL, so too is the team's duo of Liberty representatives. After making their respective debuts in the WNBA last season, Moore and Kraayeveld will now make their first appearances in the NWBL for the Siege.

A familiar face in Colorado, Hammon will once again suit up for the Chill this year. This will be the Liberty All-Star's third year in the league. Hammon made a big splash in the NWBL last year, earning All-Star Game MVP and Championship Game MVP honors on the way to leading her team to the NWBL Championship. During the 2005 campaign, Hammon led the league in scoring (23.2 ppg) and assists (6.2 apg) and secured a spot in the top five in free throw percentage (.901), field goal percentage (.514) and steals (2.2 spg).

The NWBL tips-off this weekend when the Legacy takes on San Jose on Saturday. Hammon will make her premiere on Thursday, Feburary 9, also against San Jose. Moore and Kraayeveld will see their first action on February 11 when the Siege plays the Legacy. Each team will play 18 regular season games, followed by the playoffs. Select players will also participate in the mid-season All-Star Game.

For the complete NWBL schedule, and to keep up with your favorite Liberty players competing out west, check out the league's website HERE.