Liberty Signs Battle and Tillis

New York, NY - February 14, 2006 - The New York Liberty has signed guard Ashley Battle and forward Iciss Tillis for the 2006 WNBA season. Liberty Senior Vice President and General Manager Carol Blazejowski made the announcement today.

The Seattle Storm drafted the 6’0” Battle from the University of Connecticut with the 25th overall pick in 2005. She appeared in two games for the Storm before being waived on June 16th. Currently playing professionally in Spain, Battle is averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 28 minutes a game for Universitario de Ferrol.

The 6’5” Tillis was drafted by the Detroit Shock with the 11th overall pick in 2004 after graduating from Duke. In her one season with the Shock, she appeared in 31 games, registering 2.7 ppg and 1.26 rpg, with a .473 field goal percentage in 9.3 minutes per game. Prior to the 2005 season, she was traded to the Washington Mystics and was then released by the team following training camp. Tillis is also currently playing professionally overseas. She is posting 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 35 minutes per game for Acis Incosa Leon in Spain.

“We’re committed to creating a 2006 Liberty team that has at its core youth, length and athleticism – and these two players certainly qualify,” said Blazejowski. “They bring tremendous energy, passion and experience from outstanding elite college programs, which should position them well to become important assets here with the Liberty.”

A 2005 graduate from UConn, Battle appeared in 134 games and averaged 7.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg during her career with the Huskies. As a sophomore in 2003, she was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. She was also part of a UConn team that won three consecutive National Championships (2002-2004).

In four seasons with the Blue Devils from 2000-2004, Tillis played in 137 games, averaging 12.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg with a .438 field goal percentage. She led Duke to the NCAA’s Final Four in both her sophomore and junior years, and to the Elite Eight as a senior. Tillis was named to the All-ACC First Team in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and was ACC Tournament MVP in 2003 and 2004. She was a Kodak All-American in 2003.

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