“While Cheryl has been away from the WNBA for the past three years, she is still one of the best rebounders in the world,” said Laimbeer. “She has championship experience and knows what’s expected. It’s great to have her back.”
“I am excited to return to the WNBA and thrilled to have the opportunity to play in New York,” said Ford. “Being able to reunite with former teammates and Coach Laimbeer is an added bonus. I look forward to contributing to building a championship culture with the Liberty.”
Ford, a four-time WNBA All-Star, returns to the league after spending the past four seasons playing internationally. She played in Detroit under current Liberty GM and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer for seven seasons, winning three championships (2003, 2006, 2008). The third pick overall in 2003, she was named Rookie of the Year after averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds-per-game.
She is also a two-time All-WNBA Second Team Selection and earned the All-Star MVP Honors in 2007. In seven seasons, Ford averaged 10.8 points and 9.7 rebounds-per-game. In her 38 WNBA playoff games, she has posted 9.9 points and 9.8 rebounds-per-contest.