Good Bye and Good Luck

New York, NY - February 15, 2006 - As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And so, the Liberty brings to a close its first decade of competition. And with that, the team must now say goodbye and good luck to two of its benchmark players - Crystal Robinson and Elena Baranova. As a free agent, the former has signed with Washington, while the latter has decided to remain in her native Russia and not return to the WNBA this season. The Liberty, along with the fans of New York, will always appreciate the hard work and contributions these two players gave to the team over the years.

C-Rob has been a mainstay at The Garden for the past seven seasons. She finishes her Liberty career ranked first all-time in three-point makes and attempts; second in points and field goals made and attempted; and third in assists, games played and minutes played. Since being drafted by New York in 1999, Robinson has posted 10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.0 apg in 216 games in a Liberty uniform. She is second all-time in the WNBA for three-pointers made with 400. Robinson has recently set career milestones for herself, having recorded her 500th rebound last season and her 2,000th career point in 2004.

Baranova was certainly an inside force for the Liberty during her three seasons with the team. After coming to New York by way of the 2003 WNBA Dispersal Draft, she averaged 9.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.47 bpg in 100 games for the Liberty. Her 147 blocks is second all-time for the franchise. Prior to her time at The Garden, Baranova spent three seasons in Utah and one in Miami. Overall, she has averaged 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.53 blocks per game for her career. Her 320 blocks ranks fifth all-time in the WNBA, while her 1,336 total rebounds puts her ninth all-time in the league. Always a scoring threat, Baranova posted her 2,000th career point last season.

While former players like Robinson and Baranova ride off into the sunset, the 10th Anniversary season is the dawning of a new era at The Garden. And while the Liberty will look to bring in fresh faces, there are two solid building blocks already in place: Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld.

Christon now has two pro seasons under her belt. All young players have alot of learning to do and Christon had a wily teacher in Robinson. During the past two years, Robinson took Christon under her wings, not only here in New York, but also in Israel during the off-season. C-Rob has taught Meka the ropes - and now it is her turn to go out on her own.

And who can forget the force with which Kraayeveld came to The Garden? She is a 6'4" presence that can post up, as well as step out for the three, and will only get better with experience.

The Liberty thanks Crystal and Elena for their years of dedication here in New York. We have enjoyed watching both of you lead our team.

But while we say goodbye to one Liberty generation, we are excited for the next.