Excitement Across the Board

New York, NY - April 20, 2005 - The locations were different, but the reactions all the same. Loree Moore was in her apartment in Knoxville, TN. Tabitha Pool was helping a friend in Ann Arbor, MI. Rebecca Richman was traveling to visit her sister in Brooklyn. Then the news came and the excitement began. All three were drafted by the New York Liberty in the 2005 WNBA Draft.

With the 10th pick in Saturday's Draft, the Liberty selected Moore from the University of Tennessee. The 22-year old guard was on her couch watching the Draft with teammate Alexis Hornbuckle. "The first thing that went through my mind was 'Hey, that's me! That is my name!'" said the Lakewood, CA native.

Apparently Moore wasn't the only one who saw the announcement on ESPN2. "I didn't get the chance to call anybody. Everybody decided to call me all at once when they heard the news." Her friends and family all shared in the joy. "We were all screaming really loudly," said Moore.

Half-way across the country, Pool was not following the Draft on television, but rather was helping a friend prepare food for a banquet at the University of Michigan. Then she heard the news: "I was very shocked and very excited," said Pool, the 23rd overall pick.

Pool immediately picked up the phone to tell her mother the good news. The 22-year old Ann Arbor native stated that all her family and friends "are so proud of me and wish me the best."

Richman does not get NBA TV, which was carrying the second and third rounds of the Draft, so she decided to head to Brooklyn from Rutgers to visit her sister and niece. On the way, she got a call from a teammate who told her she had been drafted. The 6' 5" Brooklyn native was extremely excited - "I'm a New York City girl drafted to the New York Liberty! It doesn't get any better than that!"

The 36th overall pick had to call her sister right away, who did not catch on at first. "She initially thought that I was making references to the Army! After a few seconds she understood and was very excited."

The Liberty share in the new players' excitement. Head Coach Pat Coyle is looking forward to the options the draft picks will provide her. "Moore gives us a few options we didn't have last year. She can relieve Becky Hammon at point or we could move Hammon to the shooting guard and have them both on the floor at once."

Pool might not be as well known as her counterparts, but according to Carol Blazejowski, Liberty Senior Vice President and General Manager, "in the basketball community, everyone knows her."

As for Richman, she "can play good defense and she comes from a great program. We're excited to
have her, " stated Blazejowski.

The three draft picks will look to carry their enthusiasm into training camp, which opens this Sunday, and onto the Liberty roster.