Training Camp Officially Under Way

New York, NY - April 25, 2005 - The 2005 Liberty training camp opened Sunday with a full roster of players hoping to make an impact. Veterans such as Vickie Johnson and Becky Hammon returned to new faces such as first round draft pick Loree Moore and several free agents. Below is the complete training camp roster:

2005 NEW YORK LIBERTY TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
No.
Player
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Born
College
28
Elena Baranova*
F/C
6-5
182
01/28/72
Academy of Sport (Moscow) '95
22
Keila Beachem
F
6-2
168
11/05/82
Cal Poly Ponoma '04
24
Amisha Carter
F
6-2
185
06/21/82
Louisiana Tech '04
20
Shameka Christon*
G/F
6-1
170
02/15/82
Arkansas '04
23
Monique Coker
F/C
6-1
180
11/28/82
Old Dominion '04
41
Bethany Donaphin*
F/C
6-2
195
08/27/80
Stanford '02
7
La'Keshia Frett
F
6-3
170
06/12/75
Georgia '97
3
Kelley Gibson
G/F
5-10
136
11/07/76
Maryland '99
25
Becky Hammon
G
5-6
136
03/01/77
Colorado State '99
55
Vickie Johnson
G/F
5-9
150
04/15/72
Louisiana Tech '96
21
Loree Moore
G
5-9
165
03/21/83
Tennessee '05
50
Ndeye Ndiaye*
C
6-3
184
05/02/79
Southern Nazarene '04
1
Tabitha Pool
F
6-1
161
05/18/82
Michigan '05
14
Rebecca Richman
C
6-4
190
04/01/83
Rutgers '05
3
Crystal Robinson*
F
5-11
155
01/22/74
S. Eastern Oklahoma St. '96
32
K B Sharp
G
5-9
149
04/18/81
Cincinnati '03
41
Stacy Stephens
C
6-1
205
01/21/82
Texas '04
5
Erin Thorn
G
5-10
150
05/19/81
Brigham Young '03
12
Ann Wauters*
C
6-4
193
10/12/80
V.U.B. Brussels
30
DeTrina White
F
5-11
180
04/03/80
Louisiana State '03
9
Aminata Yanni
F
6-1
150
08/30/82
Illinois '04

* Expected to arrive in camp at a later date

The New York Liberty pre-season schedule opens with a home contest against the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm on Saturday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. from Madison Square Garden. The Liberty next travel to New York’s state capital, Albany, to take on the Detroit Shock in a neutral site match up on Sunday, May 15.

The Liberty open the 2005 regular season on its home court at Madison Square Garden for only the second time in team history. On Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. head coach Pat Coyle and her Liberty team host the Detroit Shock, who come into The Garden for a rematch of the opening round of the 2004 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The season opener will be broadcast live on MSG Network.

Liberty individual game tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, on-line at www.nyliberty.com, by phone at (877) WNBA-TIX and all TicketMaster outlets. Ticket prices for the 2005 Liberty season are $10.00, $29.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $69.50. For ticket orders of 15 or more, please call the NY Liberty Group Sales Dept. at (212) 465-6080. In addition, the number to call for Liberty Ticket Plans is (212) 465-6073.

The New York Liberty basketball team is in its ninth year of operation with the 2005 season. Cablevision Systems Corporation owns Madison Square Garden, L.P., which includes MSG Network; FSN New York; the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); Radio City Entertainment; the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League), and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.

2005 NEW YORK LIBERTY KEY DATES

May 7 - Preseason – Liberty vs. Seattle Storm (Madison Square Garden) – 4:00 p.m.
May 15 - Preseason – Liberty at Detroit Shock (Albany, NY ~ Pepsi Center) – 3:30 p.m.
May 22 - Season Opener – Liberty vs. Detroit Shock (Madison Square Garden) – 4:00 p.m.