The NY Liberty are proud to introduce the Queens native and Archbishop Malloy HS graduate Rosalyn Gold-Onwude as a member of our staff. Ros is a very accomplished local hoops player, even winning an award near and dear to MSGs heart, the 2004 Dave DeBusschere Award. After starring at Archbishop Malloy, she headed West to Stanford where her gritty determination earned her the 2010 PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. As a Cardinal, she won four PAC-10 titles and reached the Final Four three times. No slouch in the classroom, Ros earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and then a Masters of Arts in Sociology of Organizations, Business, and the Economy. Since graduating, she launched a career in broadcast and has done work for ESPN during the College Womens Basketball Tournament.
We asked Ros to introduce herself to our fans, so she wrote you a letter. Please join our team in welcoming her. Youll see a lot more of her all season long!
Hi Liberty Fans!
My name is Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, but everyone calls me Ros. Im joining the NY Liberty this summer as an analyst for games on MSG and a reporter providing you with daily coverage on all things Liberty: practice, behind the scenes, the players, strategy breakdowns, etc, etc. Ill do my best to keep you in the loop with your squad. Actually, OUR squad. Ive been a Liberty Fan since the team was one of the first eight charter teams in the WNBA in 96. I was born and raised in Queens, right off of Queens Blvd and the L.I.E., and having our own WNBA team was big news for my whole family. My mom, Pat, took my little sister, Annie, and me to the games and bought me my first ever pro team jersey- a Rebecca Lobo NY Liberty jersey. She told me one day Id have my own Liberty jersey. I went on to play high school hoops at Archbishop Molloy HS in Queens and then traveled out west to Palo Alto California to attend Stanford University. I did both my undergraduate and graduate work there while playing basketball for Coach Tara VanDerveer. I experienced some of the most thrilling moments of my life playing for Stanford. I played with many current pros and in three Final Fours. I knew that as my senior year was wrapping up I had to stay close to the game.
Since graduating in 2010 Ive begun a career in broadcasting covering womens college hoops primarily for ESPN and have also done work in both basketball and football for Fox Sports, The Pac-12 Conference, S.F. 49ers and Stanford Athletics. This new opportunity with the Liberty is not only professionally fulfilling but also holistically fulfilling as well. Im thankful to the front office, coaches, players, and you fans for taking me in as a part of the team. It means the world to get back home to my family, my hometown, and a team I grew up with. Im especially excited about this years team- the pieces of the puzzle are coming together after last seasons playoff run. There is so much talent, excellent guard play, and newly added size to be pumped about. Some of the players I even know personally or have played against- I grew up playing the Slam Jam tournament and park tournaments in the city with Kia Vaughn, played West 4th Street with Essence Carson, played against Leilani Mitchell, Kelley Cain, and Katelan Redmon in college, reported on Sydney Colson during Texas A&Ms run to a national championship, watched Cappie Pondexter at Rutgers when I was in high school, and of course, Nicole Powell is Stanford family. This team feels like home.
I remember the energy at The Garden in the late 90s, a team that was ours, and a dream that my mom and I shared- that one day Id play for the NY Liberty. Today Im not dropping 20 & 10 for the team but Im still realizing a dream- I have a role with the Liberty through broadcasting. A dream come true for both my family and me. Looking forward to having a lot of fun this season and returning home to New York City.