Liberty to face Chinese National Women's Basketball Team

Albany, New York - The Times Union Center is pleased to welcome back the WNBA on Friday, May 27th, when the New York Liberty will take on the Chinese National Womenís Basketball Team starting at 7:00PM. This year marks the 15th season for the Womenís National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The New York Liberty is one of the top teams in the WNBA, having reached the playoffs ten times in the past fourteen seasons. The 2011 season will be the first for the new General Manager and Head Coach John Whisenant. Having been a part of the Sacramento Monarchs, one of the eight original WNBA teams, Whisenant is a highly respected coach in basketball.

A leading power in women's basketball in Asia, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team currently ranks eighth in the world according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). China, the host nation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, reached the semifinals in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. As part of its 2011 international tour, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team has played additional WNBA preseason games and scrimmages during the month of May against the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics. Friday night's game marks the team's only appearance in New York State this season. This is the latest cooperation between the NBA and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) who have a long history of working together to grow the game of basketball in China.

Prior to the game on Friday, Pearl Street will be closed in front of the arena for an authentic Chinese Street Festival. Put on by the Chinese Community Center of the Capital District, the block party will have food, crafts, and activities such as a parade, dragon dance, drum dance, and more! The Chinese Community Center (CCC) of Capital District of New York, Inc., is a non-profit organization, whose goal is to serve the Chinese community in the Capital District, and to raise awareness to others that are interested in Chinese culture, language, and people. The goals of the Chinese Community Center are to promote understanding and appreciation of the Chinese heritage, to help and encourage the members to integrate with mainstream culture, and to participate in community service to become a part of the Capital District community.

Adult tickets for the game are: $29.50, $19.50 & $12.50. Kidís tickets are just $5.00! Tickets for the game can be purchased at select Ticketmaster locations, timesunion.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, please visit www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.