LIBERTY ANNOUNCE 2012 ROSTER

The New York Liberty announced its official opening day roster today for the 2012 season. Fans will have the chance to see the team in action for the first time on Saturday, May 19, when they host the Connecticut Sun at Madison Square Garden at 4 p.m. The game was moved from Prudential Center due to a scheduling conflict with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The home opener will be telecast live on MSG+, one of 13 home games that will be on the network this season. The Liberty will head to Connecticut following the game for the second half of the home-and-home match-up, Sunday at 5 p.m.

“We have an incredible core of talented veterans at every position that should provide real leadership to our younger players,” said Head Coach & General Manager John Whisenant. “Our bench depth and athleticism will certainly make a difference throughout the season. We are eager to start this season’s championship run and believe we have the players to accomplish our goals.”

A complete roster is included below. Quanitra Hollingsworth did not report to Liberty training camp, she chose to remain in Turkey to train with the Turkish National Team. She has been suspended for the 2012 WNBA season and the Liberty retain her rights.

MSG Networks 2012 New York Liberty Television Schedule

Player

Height

Weight

Number

Position

College

Kara Braxton 6’6” 225 #45 F/C Georgia
Kelley Cain 6’6” 220 #52 C Tennessee
Essence Carson 6’0” 165 #17 G Rutgers
Kelly Miller 5'10" 140 #2 G Georgia
Leilani Mitchell 5'5" 128 #5 G Utah
Alex Montgomery 6'1" 185 #21 F GA Tech
Plenette Pierson 6'2" 180 #33 F Texas Tech
Cappie Pondexter 5'9" 160 #23 G Rutgers
Nicole Powell 6'2" 170 #14 G/F Stanford
Kia Vaughn 6'3" 198 #15 C Rutgers
DeMya Walker 6'3" 191 #22 F Virginia

As the Prior to Saturday’s game, fans are invited to come out to a free fan fest in front of Madison Square Garden beginning at 2 p.m. The event will have a sport court for fans to shoot hoops, interactive games and contests and appearances by Liberty mascot Maddie and team alumni. The first 5,000 fans in attendance at the game will receive a foam Liberty torch courtesy of Foxwoods.

Individual tickets for the May 19 game at Madison Square Garden are still available starting at $10. Single game tickets, season tickets and partial plans for the remaining Liberty home games at Prudential Center can be purchased by calling 212-465-6766 or by visiting NYLiberty.com. This will be the second of three seasons in 2012 that Prudential Center will host New York, while Madison Square Garden continues its historic, top-to-bottom Transformation.

For individual game media credentials to cover the Liberty during the 2012 season, please email liberty.credentials@msg.com.