Epiphanny Prince will suit up in a Liberty uniform for the first time on Thursday when New York heads down to Washington, D.C., to face the Mystics, rejoining the Liberty after competing in the Eurobasket Women 2015 Tournament during the month of June.
Prince played the first five seasons of her career with the Chicago Sky. Now, the Brooklyn native is playing for her hometown team and she could not be more excited.
“It feels good to finally be home, get a chance to play with my teammates, try to catch up on everything and get a smooth transition,” said Prince after practice at MSG Training Center on Monday. “I think it’s big (to have several practice days) to get caught up on offense, defensive stuff, just being able to come back and get some reps in practice is great.”
Prince was part of a blockbuster offseason trade that saw New York send guard Cappie Pondexter to the Sky. However, due to previous commitments to compete in the Eurobasket Tournament, Prince’s New York debut was temporarily placed on hold.
She was able to join the team at the start of training camp, spending five days of practice at MSG Training Center before heading back to Europe for international competition.
Prince averaged 13.8 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 10 games of play at the Eurobasket. She even had a Euro career-high of 31 points on June 25 when Russia faced off with France. Prince and her team were knocked out of the tournament on June 27, losing to Turkey 68-66; she had 11 points with 8 dimes (a career high) and 6 boards in her final game.
In the interim, New York posted a 6-4 record through the month of June and trails first-place Connecticut by just one game as all teams approach the first third of the season. But as has been the case often over the past several seasons, the Eastern Conference standings are very congested, with just two and a half games separating first and sixth, so adding a scorer like Prince into the fold figures to be a big boost for the Liberty.
A two-time All-Star, Prince boasts career averages of 14.1 points, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game, and averaged 15.0 ppg last year with the Sky.
A New York City high school legend, she once scored 113 points in a game for Murry Bergtraum High School, and starred collegiately at Rutgers before turning pro in 2009.