The New York Liberty have re-signed veteran guard Rebecca Allen, the team announced recemtly. Prior to the signing, the Liberty placed guard Jazmine Jones and forward Leaonna Odom on waivers.
Allen, 29, returns to New York for her seventh season in Seafoam. In 2021, she recorded career highs in minutes per game (24.2), points per game (9.2), three-point field goals made (48), steals per game (1.6), blocks per game (1.2) and assists per game (1.1), while shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc over 25 contests, 13 of which were starts.
“Bec has an incredible versatility on both sides of the ball, and has provided us with consistent veteran leadership over the years,” said General Manager Jonathan Kolb. “Her return to New York is vital to solidifying our team’s core and I believe that she is poised for another career year in Brooklyn under Sandy’s tutelage.”
An Australia native and member of the Australian women’s national basketball team led by Head Coach Sandy Brondello, the 6-2 guard has totaled 133 WNBA career regular season games with a three-point percentage of 38.4% (119-310). Currently, Allen is competing with Valencia Basket Club in Spain, the reigning EuroCup Champions, where she is averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game on 46.2% (55-119) shooting from deep in domestic and international play.
Jones, the Liberty’s No. 12 overall selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft, averaged 8.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.6 minutes in 47 games over the past two seasons. In 2020, she earned New York’s first spot on the WNBA All-Rookie team since 2015.
Odom was selected No. 15 overall also by the Liberty in 2020. She averaged 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 16.5 minutes while shooting 48.3% from the field in 40 games, 16 of which were starts.
“We would like to thank Jazmine and Leaonna for their contributions to the Liberty organization over the past two seasons,” said Kolb. “Both players were consummate teammates during their time here, and we wish them all the best.”
The New York Liberty return to Barclays Center this summer, tipping off the season on Saturday, May 7 against the Connecticut Sun. For more information, visit nyliberty.com.