Tagged Kia Nurse

Sabrina Ionescu Arrives as New York’s Next Star Athlete

On April 17, the WNBA held its annual draft remotely. Prospects tuned in, along with nearly 400,000 fans, waiting for Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to reveal each successive selection. Except, they weren’t waiting for the No. 1 pick. Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu was not only among the most certain locks for the spot in league history, it’s…

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Hiring Walt Hopkins Ushers in New Era of NY Liberty Basketball

One week before the ever-extended CBA deadline, the New York Liberty introduced Walt Hopkins on Wednesday as its eighth head coach in franchise history. Sitting beside General Manager Jonathan Kolb, Hopkins could hardly withhold an enthusiastic grin through his introduction at the Liberty’s new home arena, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He comes over from…

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Here Are Your WNBA Most Improved Player Candidates

Criteria for the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award can be tough to specify with great detail.  Last season’s winner was clear. Natasha Howard filled every gap for the Seattle Storm as she joined forces with their four returning starters. She ended up being exactly what the Storm needed, and her production helped fuel a one-year…

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All-Star Kia Nurse is Second Scorer NY Liberty Needed

New York Liberty second-year guard Kia Nurse was named a 2019 All-Star starter earlier this week. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick has stepped into a larger scoring role and helped New York to a 7-8 start, capably filling the vacant role as a No. 2 option in support of eight-time All-WNBA forward Tina Charles.…

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NY Liberty Reload Just in Time After EuroBasket 2019

The 2019 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket tournament shouldered its way into the first third of the WNBA season, borrowing players with national commitments from June 27 to July 7 (with some, like the Mystics’ Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh, leaving earlier to prep with their squad, or others delaying their season’s start entirely). The top six…

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Biggest Winners From 2019 WNBA Draft

Jackie Young didn’t have to wait long to hear her name called Wednesday night at the 2019 WNBA Draft in New York after foregoing her final season of eligibility. The Notre Dame alum was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the No. 1 overall pick, though they weren’t the only clear winners on the…

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New York Liberty 2019 Offseason Checklist

The New York Liberty’s three-year run finishing top three in the standings came to a screeching halt. The team that closed 2017 on a 10-game win-streak ran it back and lost its final 13 games of the 2018 season. James Dolan moved the team from Madison Square Garden to the Westchester County Center and still…

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