New York Liberty Senior Vice President of Business and Basketball Operations Kristin Bernert announced on Monday that the team has signed free agent guard Tanisha Wright, center Carolyn Swords and forward Rebecca Allen. Per team policy, the terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
“We are excited to bring these three quality players to our organization,” said Bernert. “Tanisha is known as one of the hardest working players in the league and a proven leader, Carolyn is a solid center and excellent teammate, and Rebecca is a young player that we feel has a high ceiling. Adding these players to our roster is an important step in building a team that will compete for the WNBA Championship.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to coach these new additions to our team,” said Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. “They are three very talented players and I’m excited about what they will bring to our franchise, both on the court and as leaders in our locker room.”
Wright, a 10-year veteran of the WNBA, has spent her entire career with the Seattle Storm, including winning the WNBA Championship in 2010. A four-time WNBA All-Defensive First Team selection, she averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 2014. In 28 playoff appearances, Wright has averaged 10.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Swords, a 6-6 center, is in her fourth season in the WNBA. She was selected 15th overall by the Chicago Sky and averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in 2013. Swords is currently overseas in Italy competing for Umbertide, averaging 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Allen, a native Australian, is in her sixth season in the Women’s National Basketball League, currently playing for the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers. A 6-1 forward, she is averaging 14.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. In 2014, Allen was named the WNBL Defensive Player of the Year. She also represented the Australian National Team at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
The Liberty will open the 2015 regular season on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden against the Atlanta Dream.
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