New York Liberty Select Five In WNBA Draft
New Jersey native Molly Creamer from Bucknell University was the Liberty’s first round selection and was chosen 10th overall. With three picks in the second round the Liberty selected Erin Thorn from BYU as the 17th overall pick. From Georgia Tech, Bronx-born Sonja Mallory was the 24th player chosen and K.B. Sharp from Cincinnati was the 26th player to be selected. The Liberty with their fifth and final pick, chose Long Island native Nicole Kazcmarski as the 39th player overall.
“We are very happy with today’s draft results,” said Blazejowski. “These picks coupled with our dispersal draft selection of Elena Baranova will provide youth and will strengthen key positions, helping the Liberty now and well into the future.”
Creamer (21), a West Morris Mendham, New Jersey High School graduate, averaged 27.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg during her senior year at Bucknell University. A 5’-10” point guard Creamer, a career .436 shooter ended her senior season as the NCAA’s number two scorer and was awarded the Patriot League Player of the Year for a third consecutive season. With 2,462 career points, Creamer stands in 33rd on the NCAA all-time scoring list and is only the 47th player in NCAA history to record over 2,400 career points.
Thorn (21), a 5’-10” guard, from Orem Utah was named the Mountain West Conference MVP in 2002 and averaged 18.8 ppg her senior year. Erin is the school's all-time three-point leader both in points per game and in three-pointers made in a career (391). Her single-game record of nine three’s is tops for both the women's and men’s teams.
Local product Sonja Mallory (21), a 6’-5” center led the ACC with 1.58 blocks per game as a junior. Mallory led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg) and blocked shots (1.84 bpg) her senior season while earning All-ACC First Team honors.
Sharp (22), a 5’-9” point guard from Ohio was a first team All-Conference USA selection this past season. Sharp’s 13.6 ppg placed her third on the team while leading the Bearcats with 5.9 assists per game. She ended her career holding the Cincinnati records for assists in a game (13) and career (623).
Closing out the New York Liberty selections, Nicole Kaczmarski (21) was chosen in the third and final round. Kaczmarski, a former heavily touted Long Island product was named to the PAC-10 All-Freshman Team during her one and only season at UCLA after the 1999-2000 season. Kaczmarski, otherwise known as Kaz, averaged 11.7 ppg and was a .407 shooter for the Bruins. Kaz is currently enrolled at Stony Brook University.
The New York Liberty pre-season schedule opens with two road games, May 6th when the team takes on the Connecticut Sun in the Liberty’s first visit to the Mohegan Arena, followed by a May 10th contest in Houston against the Comets. The Liberty wraps up the pre-season schedule at home on May 18th at Madison Square Garden also against the Houston Comets.
The defending WNBA Eastern Conference Champions open the regular season with back-to-back contests, on the road against the Cleveland Rockers on May 31, followed by a rematch of last years Eastern Conference Finals in the team’s home opener against the Washington Mystics at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
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