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From Liberty to the N.Y. Liberty for Warley

June 18, 2013
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Former Liberty standout Avery Warley has signed a contract with the WNBA's New York Liberty. (Photo by NBAE/Getty Images)

Avery Warley, a 2012 Liberty graduate, will have the opportunity to play for a team with a familiar name, after signing a contract with the WNBA's New York Liberty this week.

Warley will become the first former Lady Flame ever to suit up for the Liberty, after spending her rookie season with Phoenix in 2012. She averaged 3.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg after improbably making the Mercury roster as an undrafted free agent.

Warley played overseas during the offseason, helping Elitzur Holon reach the semifinals of the Israeli league playoffs. For the 2012-13 season, Warley posted 17.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.

Warley participated in the Washington Mystics' 2013 preseason training camp, but was a free agent before signing with the Liberty, coached by Bill Laimbeer. Laimbeer coached Liberty alum Katie (Feenstra) Mattera on the 2007 Detroit Shock, who reached the WNBA Finals.

Led by Cappie Pondexter (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), the Liberty are off to a 4-2 start this season. They will play host to the San Antonio Silver Stars Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Prudential Center.