Can’t Help But Wonder, What If …

At the helm of the youngest roster in franchise history, during a rebuilding season, Head Coach Pat Coyle stressed game in and game out that the Liberty’s main goal of 2007 could best be summed up in four words: “get better every day.” The progression that the team made throughout the regular season led to a thrilling finish, followed by a memorable Playoff series and thus established a true testament to the young squad’s work ethic and commitment.

Each player headed overseas in the fall with Coyle’s words still embedded in the back of their minds. Despite the uniforms, faces and even the language being different over there, by glancing through the overseas stat lines thus far, it’s clear to see the infamous four words still echo in each player's ears. There’s quite a distance between them during the off-season, however, nothing can hinder the collective goals of the Liberty.

With the overseas seasons in full swing and the 2008 WNBA season in sight, NYLiberty.com can’t help but be curious about what might come back with the players when they report to Training Camp in New York in a few months. Eight of the 11 players participating in overseas play are currently posting double figures in points, a feat only accomplished by three Liberty players in the 2007 WNBA regular season.

We have to wonder: will those foreign stat lines translate to the WNBA court?

STARTING FIVE
With 31 games played in FIBA action, the combination of starters Loree Moore, Erin Thorn, Shameka Christon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Janel McCarville would amount to a better average than the numbers they posted collectively in 31 games of the 2007 WNBA regular season. Check this out:

SEASON

GAMES

2P FG%

3P FG%

FT%

PPG

2007-08 Overseas

31

48%

43%

86%

79.1

2007 WNBA

31

42.7%

37.7%

76.3%

50.6

TEAM
The following is a statistical breakdown of the 11 Liberty players currently in overseas action on the hardwood.

 

GAMES

MIN

2P FG%

3P FG%

FT%

O

D

TOT

AS

ST

BS

PTS

MOORE

Russia

3 25.0 55 0 100 7 10 17 6 5 0 5.0

EuroCup

2 25.5 60 0 0 2 6 8 6 5 0 3.0
THORN

Greece

7 35.0 46 37 90 8 32 40 36 12 2 19.9

EuroCup

5

35.6

49

57

94

3

35

38

20

11

2

25.0

WILLIS

Greece

11

32.0

43

28

72

17

37

49

32

26

1

11.9

BATTLE

Spain

13

22.9

33

27

89

9

32

41

12

20

0

5.5

EuroCup

7

25.7

39

29

89

11

25

29

5

12

0

7.9

DORON

Israel

11

25.5

57

44

73

6

31

37

31

16

0

13.4

EuroCup

10

24.0

46

42

87

8

14

22

22

17

4

12.1

CHRISTON

Spain

13

35.2

38

34

86

19

57

76

17

18

0

18.6

EuroCup

7

35.7

44

30

85

6

36

42

15

10

3

20.0

KRAAYEVELD

EuroLeague

9

35.0

49

52

100

12

45

57

10

8

11

14.4

JACKSON

France

11

30.5

44

38

s68

25

60

85

17

31

4

13.8

EuroCup

7

30.3

54

50

62

17

35

52

14

10

2

13.3

DAVENPORT

France

12

29.3

63

0

72

14

60

74

13

19

1

15.3

EuroCup

8

34.0

55

0

76

19

54

73

8

12

7

15.1

MCCARVILLE

Slovakia

11

25.8

76

67

86

16

71

87

21

35

11

12.7

EuroLeague

8

32.9

49

0

77

16

53

69

9

24

4

16.6

WEBER

Russia

8

15.6

42

0

73

11

24

35

2

5

3

6.9

EuroCup

6

16.7

47

0

57

16

12

28

9

3

1

9.8

TOTALS

20

28.6

49%

36%

79%

242

729

959

305

299

66

260.2

Should the individual successes of the overseas play of the Liberty make its way into Coyle’s system, there’s no doubt that we have yet another exciting summer to look forward to.


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