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Warley Competing in Phoenix Mercury Training Camp

May 8, 2012
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Avery Warley is participating in the Phoenix Mercury preseason training camp. She is pictured here battling with Notre Dame's Devereaux Peters, who was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA Draft.

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After completing her collegiate playing career at Liberty, Avery Warley is now attempting to earn a WNBA roster spot. Warley is currently participating in the Phoenix Mercury's preseason training camp.

One of 18 players battling for 11 roster spots, Warley is already opening eyes with her rebounding ability. The Washington, D.C. native grabbed 18 boards in 27 minutes during a recent team scrimmage.

Warley will get her first chance to play against another team tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern, when the Mercury play an exhibition game against the Japanese Women's National Team at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

Warley is competing against a couple familiar faces in the post in Phoenix, in Christine Flores and Krystal Thomas. Flores, a Missouri graduate, was Warley's teammate during the 2011 Pan American Games. Thomas is the older sister of Liberty volleyball standout Loren Thomas.

Warley is attempting to become the third Liberty graduate to play in the WNBA. Katie (Feenstra) Mattera played in the league for five seasons (2005-09), and Megan Frazee spent two years (2009-10) with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

The Mercury plan to announce their final 11-player roster on May 17, three days before they open the 2012 regular season at Minnesota in a rematch of the 2011 WNBA Western Conference Finals.

Warley finished her four years with the Lady Flames as the leading rebounder in program and Big South Conference history, with 1,282 boards. She also finished No. 1 in Liberty history for games played (132), No. 3 for both blocked shots (166) and double-doubles (47) and No. 5 for points (1,453).

Warley was a three-time first team All-Big South selection and was named MVP of the 2012 Big South Championship. She helped the Lady Flames capture the Big South Championship title and advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship three times (2009, 2010 and 2012).