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Warley-Talbert Returns to WNBA's Liberty

June 28, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Avery Warley-Talbert (Photo by NBAE/Getty Images)

Avery Warley-Talbert (Photo by NBAE/Getty Images)

Former Liberty women's basketball standout Avery Warley-Talbert was signed by the WNBA's New York Liberty earlier today and is in uniform for tonight's matchup with the Dallas Wings.

Warley-Talbert appeared in all four preseason games for the Liberty this season but will be looking to make her first WNBA regular-season appearance since 2016 and her first since becoming a mother.

Now 32 years of age, Warley-Talbert previously played in the WNBA for five seasons (2012-16), including stints with the Liberty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Washington, D.C., native began her career with the Phoenix Mercury in 2012 and has also made stops in Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio.

Liberty's career rebounding leader (1,282 boards) has been best known for her prowess on the boards during her professional career. Warley-Talbert has pulled down 407 caroms during her WNBA career, averaging 12.1 rebounds per 40 minutes played.

Liberty alumni have now been part of a WNBA regular-season roster in 12 of the last 15 seasons. The run began when current assistant coach Katie Mattera made her WNBA debut with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2005 and also includes Megan Frazee's two seasons (2009 and 2010) in San Antonio.    

A 2012 Liberty graduate, Warley-Talbert ranks No. 1 in Liberty history for games played (132), helping the Lady Flames go 97-35 during her time on the team. She also sits No. 2 in program history for field goal percentage (60.3), No. 3 for both blocked shots (166) and double-doubles (47) and No. 6 for points (1,453).

Warley-Talbert 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).