Liberty Ready to Take WNBA By Storm

The 2010 WNBA season is finally here.

It’s been nine months since the Liberty last played a regular-season game and the team made some drastic roster moves during the offseason to prepare for a championship run. After a disappointing season, the team boasts a new look after adding All-Stars Cappie Pondexter, Nicole Powell and Taj McWilliams-Franklin and drafting Kalana Greene, who helped lead UConn to back-to-back National Championships.

And last year’s returners couldn’t be happier with the changes.

“They were very surprising and I think they were good changes,” said forward Tiffany Jackson, who was playing in Israel when she found out about all the stars coming to town. “We have a lot of firepower bringing in Cappie and Nicole. I’m really excited to see how this year is going to go.”

Exactly how does Jackson see the season playing out?

“I definitely see a championship,” she said. “I think we have a lot of leadership this year and a lot of experience. I think that will take us far.”

The other returners certainly agree that this could be the year the Liberty win their first championship.

“I think we brought in key pieces to the puzzle,” forward Janel McCarville said. “Everybody’s mindset coming in is obviously looking for a championship, and it’s basically put on us players to go get it.”

It might take a little time for the Liberty to fully get on the same page due to a shortened training camp and the absence of Powell for the first few games of the year. But the Liberty still managed to split their two-game preseason schedule, including an 89-84 thrilling triple-overtime win over Connecticut last Tuesday at The Garden.

“Unfortunately, I think that’s the WNBA,” Coach Anne Donovan said. “You never see a team in May look how they look in the postseason. Powell is going to be a late arrival so she won’t be integrated at all until maybe June. But, again, we are talented enough that we can figure it out along the way.”

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