New York Liberty Sign Crystal Kelly

NEW YORK, NY – May 16, 2011 - The New York Liberty has signed fourth year player Crystal Kelly, it was announced today by Head Coach and General Manager John Whisenant. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Crystal is a tough player that will provide us with additional rebounding strength,” Whisenant said. “Having coached her in Sacramento, she knows the system we will be playing this season and can quickly step in and make a difference.”

Kelly was most recently on the San Antonio Silver Stars who renounced their exclusive negotiating rights with her last week. The 6-2 forward was selected by the Houston Comets as the No. 31 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. The Comets waived Kelly in 2008 but she was quickly picked up by the Sacramento Monarchs. In her rookie year, Kelly registered 7.4 ppg while grabbing 3.3 rpg. She was later traded to the Detroit Shock for one season and then moved on to the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010. Kelly currently owns a career 4.8 ppg and 2.1 rpg.

At Western Kentucky University, Kelly broke the WKU women's basketball program record for career rebounds, and placed in the top 25 career scorers with 2,600 points. Kelly was named to the all-Sun Belt Conference team during each of her four collegiate seasons, and was named the 2008 Sun Belt Player of the Year.

Liberty fans will be able to watch the team in action at the regular season home-opener against the Indiana Fever at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11 at 7pm. The team also has preseason games on Wednesday, May 25 against the Washington Mystics at the Prudential Center and on Friday, May 27 against the China National Team at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Individual game tickets are available for purchase at the Prudential Center Box Office, Madison Square Garden Box Office, on-line at NYLiberty.com, through the WNBA Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number 877-WNBA-TIX, all Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com.

New York Liberty home games will be played at Prudential Center for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons while Madison Square Garden undergoes a comprehensive, top-to-bottom Transformation. Prudential Center is a convenient 15 minutes away from The Garden by train.