Veteran Schumacher Signs with Liberty

New York, NY - February 24, 2006 - The New York Liberty, through a sign-and-trade deal, has acquired center Kelly Schumacher from the Indiana Fever for the 2006 season. Liberty Senior Vice President and General Manager Carol Blazejowski made the announcement today. In addition to attaining Schumacher, the Liberty and Fever will exchange first round picks in the 2006 WNBA Draft. New York will receive Indiana’s 12th pick and the Fever will move up to the ninth slot.

The 6’5” Schumacher has played five seasons in the WNBA, all with the Fever. She was selected by Indiana in the First Round (14th overall pick) of the 2001 WNBA Draft. Schumacher has played in 159 regular season games during her career, averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game. In seven playoff appearances, Schumacher posted 7.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg to go along with a .564 field goal percentage.

Schumacher is currently playing professionally overseas for Perfumerias Avenida in Spain. In 19 games, she is averaging 13.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 31.6 minutes of action.

“Kelly brings additional size to our front line,” said Blazejowski. “She gives us a low post presence on offense and a shot blocking threat on defense. We are excited to add a player with her skills and experience to our team.”

A 2001 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Schumacher appeared in 132 games for the Huskies and averaged 5.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg during her career. She was a member of UConn’s National Championship Team in 2000, where she set an NCAA record with nine blocked shots in the title game vs. Tennessee.

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