Liberty Training Camp Update with Sherill Baker

With one week of Training Camp in the books, the New York Liberty are gearing up for Week Two and the pre-season opener in Connecticut just around the corner. is checking in with some of the players to see how itís been so far and what theyíre doing to prepare for the 2007 season.

Today, we're talking to Liberty guard Sherill Baker. In the 2006 campaign, Baker played in all 34 games and averaged 7.4 points. She ended her rookie season ranked 16th in steals (46.0) and 18th in steals per game (1.4). She hit her season and career high early on in the season, posting 18 against the defending WNBA Champion Detroit Shock.

How do you feel after surviving the first week of Camp?

I feel like Iíve been doing well out there. Iím in a lot better shape than I was last year at this point. I knew what to expect this time around, having gone through this all last year as a rookie.

Do you think the scrimmages are helping the team get to know each other more?

Definitely. Weíre doing very well as a team right now. The scrimmages are helping us come together. Everyoneís getting up and down the court really well and weíre working on improving certain game situations. Itís been a good time so far.

What did you do in the off-season to prepare for Camp?

I spent four to five months playing in Italy. It was a good experience, I felt like I was playing well out there to be a better player. When I came back, I worked out with a personal trainer, with both weights and time in the gym to improve my game.

How have you been spending your downtime?

Sleeping Ö and eating healthy.

Are you working on anything in particular at camp with your coaches?

Every morning before practice Iíve been working on my shooting. Iíll shoot around with Ashley Battle.

Catch Sherill this season at Madison Square Garden: Season ticket plans are available by calling (212) 465-6073 and individual game tickets can be purchased at, the Garden Box Office or by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.