New York Liberty Senior Vice President of Business and Basketball Operations Kristin Bernert announced on Monday that the team has acquired two-time WNBA All-Star guard Epiphanny Prince in a trade with the Chicago Sky, in exchange for guard Cappie Pondexter.
“We are thrilled to have Epiphanny join the Liberty and bring another hometown product back to New York City,” said Bernert. “To add a player of her caliber, who is a dynamic talent on both ends of the court, is a great boost to this franchise. She has been a proven winner throughout her career and she gives us a scoring guard to complement the inside game of Tina Charles for a long time.”
Of Cappie Pondexter, Bernert added: “For the past five seasons Cappie has been an important part of the Liberty. We thank her for her contributions to the team, both on and off the court, and we wish her the best in her return to her home city of Chicago.”
“Epiphanny is a great talent and one of the top guards in the WNBA,” said Liberty Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. “She’s a great competitor and possesses a high basketball IQ, which are attributes that will serve her well in the transition into our system.”
Prince, is a two-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013) and was the fourth overall pick of the Sky in 2010. A five-year WNBA veteran, she averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 2014. In her second year in the WNBA, she led the league in steals (79) and posted in the top-10 in three of her five seasons. Prince has appeared in 151 career games, averaging 14.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
“Being able to return to New York and play for the Liberty at Madison Square Garden is a dream come true,” said Prince. “I look forward to playing in front of my friends and family and bringing a championship to my hometown.”
The Brooklyn native starred at Murry Bergtraum High School, where Prince won four-straight Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Championships.
Pondexter was the second overall pick of Phoenix in 2006, winning two WNBA Championships (2007, 2009) with the Mercury. A nine-year WNBA veteran, she joined the Liberty as part of a three-team trade in 2010 and averaged 17.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in five seasons in New York. In 295 career games, Pondexter averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. In 30 career playoff games, including five with the Liberty, Pondexter averaged 21.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest.
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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