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New York Liberty Finalize 2013 Training Camp Roster

May 3, 2013 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - New York Liberty News Release

NEW YORK, NY - May 2, 2013 - The New York Liberty finalized its 2013 training camp roster with the additions of Karisma Penn and Loree Moore. The team will open training camp on Monday, May 6 at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.

In addition to signing proven veteran free agents, Cheryl Ford and Katie Smith, New York has a strong returning core of players led by perennial All-Star Cappie Pondexter, Essence Carson, Plenette Pierson, Kara Braxton, Leilani Mitchell, Alex Montgomery and Kelley Cain. Bill Laimbeer makes his return to the WNBA in his first season as head coach and general manager of the Liberty. In eight seasons with the Detroit Shock, Laimbeer led the team to six-straight playoff appearances, including three WNBA Championships (2003, 2006, 2008), and was named 2003 WNBA Coach of the Year.

The Liberty welcome four draft picks to training camp, first round selections Kelsey Bone (fifth overall) from Texas A&M and Toni Young (seventh overall) from Oklahoma State, along with Kamiko Williams (15th overall) from Tennessee, and Shenneika Smith (25th overall) from St. John's.

Penn, a 6-2 forward from Illinois, averaged 15.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 129 games. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, she finished her college career as the all-time leader in blocks (271), and second in rebounds (1,043) and double-doubles (42).

Moore, a five year veteran of the WNBA, played for the Liberty from 2005-09 and in 2007 was named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team. For her career she has averaged 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game during the regular season. Moore also made three postseason appearances with the Liberty, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She last played in the league in 2011, participating in training camp with the Los Angeles Sparks.

The Liberty will tip-off the 2013 season with back-to-back road preseason games on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. against the Connecticut Sun, followed by a trip to Chicago to face the Sky on Wednesday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. Exhibition play concludes on Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Prudential Center against the Sun.

New York opens regular season action against Connecticut on Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Liberty will then host the Tulsa Shock on Opening Night on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Prudential Center.

This will mark the final season that the Liberty will call the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ home. Phase III of the three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation of Madison Square Garden will be completed in fall 2013 and the Liberty will return to The Garden for the 2014 season. Prudential Center is a convenient 15 minutes away from The Garden by train.

Liberty season ticket packages and individual tickets are available at NYLiberty.com.

2013 New York Liberty Training Camp Roster


00 Karisma Penn F 6-2 05/31/1991 Illinois R

3 Kelsey Bone F-C 6-4 12/31/1991 Texas A&M R

4 Kamiko Williams G 5-11 04/06/1991 Tennessee R

5 Leilani Mitchell G 5-5 06/15/1985 Utah 5

6 Shenneika Smith G 6-1 12/09/1989 St. John's R

9 Loree Moore G 5-9 03/21/1983 Tennessee 6

15 Toni Young F 6-2 01/11/1991 Oklahoma State R

17 Essence Carson F-G 6-0 03/21/1986 Rutgers 5

21 Alex Montgomery G-F 6-1 11/12/1988 Georgia Tech 2

23 Cappie Pondexter G 5-9 01/07/1983 Rutgers 7

30 Katie Smith G 5-11 06/04/1974 Ohio State 14

32 Cheryl Ford F 6-3 06/06/1981 Louisiana Tech 7

33 Plenette Pierson F-C 6-2 08/31/1981 Texas Tech 10

45 Kara Braxton C-F 6-6 02/18/1983 Georgia 8

52 Kelley Cain C 6-6 05/16/1989 Tennessee 1

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