White Plains – The WNBA team the New York Liberty have announced that the Westchester County Center in White Plains will be their new home for the 2018 season. This will be the first time in over two decades that a professional sports league has called the county home.
County Executive George Latimer said, “I am excited to have the New York Liberty play here in Westchester at the County Center. The games will not only benefit our economy, but also provide great entertainment for the people of Westchester. Personally I can’t wait to head over to the County Center and cheer them on.”
New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas said, “MSG has had a very positive experience at the Westchester County Center, and believes it is a venue where the Liberty can extend our fan base while maintaining our roots at The Garden.”
Westchester County Commissioner of Parks Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the young women of Westchester to see the Liberty team as strong female role models.”
The 2018 New York Liberty season tips off on Sunday, May 20, when it faces the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena 7 p.m. (ET). The 2018 home opener at Westchester County Center will follow on Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m., when the Liberty welcomes the defending champion Minnesota Lynx to Westchester County Center.
New York will play 15 home games at Westchester County Center, and two games at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty will host the Phoenix Mercury at The Garden on Tuesday, June 5 at 11 a.m., and the Seattle Storm on Monday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. Click here to see schedule for 2018 season.
Liberty Re-Signs Kia Vaughn and Bria Hartley
The New York Liberty has re-signed restricted free agent guard Bria Hartley and unrestricted free agent center Kia Vaughn, team President Isiah Thomas announced Friday. Per team policy, the terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
“We are excited to have a pair of native New Yorkers in Kia and Bria re-sign with the Liberty,” said New York Liberty head coach Katie Smith. “Kia Vaughn continues to be one of the most consistent centers in the WNBA and was a solid veteran presence in our locker room last season. Bria put her versatility on display every night, playing multiple positions, spending time at both the one and the two, and developing into one of our most consistent scoring threats.”
Vaughn and Hartley will enter their second seasons with the Liberty after being acquired by New York from the Washington Mystics last January. For Vaughn, it is her second stint with her hometown team after playing her first four WNBA seasons with the Liberty, who drafted her No. 8 overall in 2009.
Last year, Vaughn averaged 5.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, appearing in 28 games with 22 starts. She scored a season-high 13 points in a win over the Seattle Storm, a game in which she also hauled in a season-best 11 rebounds for her 1st double-double since 2014.
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