Liberty Hosts Sun in Preseason Tilt at Columbia University


NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Liberty will wrap up its 2017 preseason schedule with a game against the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, May 7, at Columbia University’s Levien Gymnasium at 3 p.m.

The game is open exclusively to Liberty season ticket holders, who once again will get to preview the new squad up close in the intimate atmosphere of Levien Gym.


The New York Liberty opened the 2017 preseason by splitting a pair of games at Mohegan Sun Arena earlier this week. The Liberty beat the LA Sparks, 81-65, and fell to the Chicago Sky 86-75.

In her re-debut for the Liberty against the Sparks, center Kia Vaughn scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and hauled in 6 rebounds.

Tina Charles led the way against Chicago, dominated in her 19 minutes on the floor, finishing with 14 points and 3 rebounds, getting to the line 6 times. The Liberty also shot 8-of-13 (.615) from 3-point range against the Sky.

Center Amanda Zahui B is set to make her preseason debut on Sunday against Connecticut. She practiced for the 1st time on Friday after rejoining the team from her club team in Orenburg, Russia.


  • New York finished with the best record in the WNBA Eastern Conference for the 2nd-straight season, going 21-13 overall, earning the No. 3 seed in the WNBA Playoffs.
  • The Liberty posted back-to-back seasons with at least 20 victories for just the 2nd time in franchise history (New York was 23-11 in 2015), and the 1st time since the 2000-01 seasons.
  • New York lost to Phoenix in the 2nd Round of the WNBA Playoffs, falling in a single-elimination game at Madison Square Garden 101-94.
  • Tina Charles finished the season averaging 21.5 ppg and 9.9 rpg, becoming just the 3rd player in WNBA history (Lauren Jackson, Chamique Holdsclaw) to lead the league in both categories in the same season.
  • Charles was named 1st Team All-WNBA for a 2nd-straight season, becoming the 1st Liberty player to earn the accolade in back-to-back seasons.
  • Some changes to the Liberty lineup – Swin Cash retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Tanisha Wright has announced she will take time to rest during 2017, and Shoni Schimmel announced she will not play during the 2017 season.