2007 In Review: Janel McCarville

The summer came and went, but not without plenty of excitement from the 2007 Liberty. Through the up’s and down’s, it was a great season for the young squad to get some experience in the quicker, bigger, stronger WNBA.

As players are beginning to part ways en route to off-season endeavors, NYLiberty.com is handing in its season homework – a final report, which takes a look back at how each member of the team faired this summer. Today’s chapter of the report looks at center Janel McCarville.


FINDING A HOME
In January, the Liberty selected McCarville, the 2005 WNBA No. 1 overall draft pick, with the third pick in the Dispersal Draft … As a member of the Charlotte Sting, McCarville played through several injuries her first two seasons of her professional career … In 2006 for Charlotte, she averaged 14 minutes, posting 4.5 points on .456 shooting and 3.5 rebounds … She completed the 2007 season averaging career highs in minutes (21.2), points (10.4), rebounds (4.8), steals (1.2) and assists (1.1).

GOOD TO BE NO. 1
With a .546 field goal shooting percentage, McCarville finished the regular season ranked No. 1 overall in the WNBA … The League’s top shooter led the Liberty in scoring 11 times, an individual career-high and season high for the team … An .833 free throw percentage earned her the No. 16 overall spot.

AGAINST THE BAD GIRLS
When facing the two-time WNBA champion Detroit Shock, McCarville turned in some of her finest games of the regular season … In the four-game series, (where the Liberty split, 2-2) she averaged 12.3 points on 60.6 percent field shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

KICK IT UP A NOTCH
McCarville made her WNBA Playoff debut in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals … Across the three-game series, she was the team’s second leading scoring threat with 14 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals (team-high) in 32.4 minutes.

DOUBLE THE FUN
It was not until this season that McCarville had recorded her first WNBA career double-double … It came in the overtime victory against Detroit on July 6th at The Palace of Auburn Hills, with 18 points and 12 rebounds … Later that month at Mohegan Sun, she pulled down 10 boards and netted 24 points against her former college team-mate Lindsay Whalen … In Phoenix on August 9th, McCarville poured in a career-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

MAKING A CASE FOR MOST IMPROVED
McCarville had a banner season as the Liberty’s go-to player and was named by the League as the 2007 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year … In the second-half of the season, McCarville averaged 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals, while before the All-Star break, she averaged 5.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 games … She is just the second Liberty player to receive the honor and the fourth former Sting player.


Want more on Janel’s ride through 2007? Check out her WNBA.com Playerfile. Also, read her new blog from overseas.

Next Chapter of our Report: Guard Loree Moore
Previous Chapters: Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld; Guard Ashley Battle; Forward Tiffany Jackson; Guard Lisa Willis; Center Jessica Davenport; Guard Erin Thorn