PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 15, 2014) – The 2014 WNBA season kicks off on Friday with five Scarlet Knights featured on four of the league’s franchises.
The New York Liberty feature Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson, Matee Ajavon will be suiting up for her first season with the Atlanta Dream, Epiphanny Prince embarks on her fifth season with the Chicago Sky and Kia Vaughn begins her second season with the Washington Mystics.
Cappie Pondexter returns for her ninth season in the WNBA, her fifth with the Liberty and is one of the league’s most decorated stars. Over the course of her career she has been named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history, is a two-time WNBA champion (Phoenix Mercury ’07 & ‘09), a five-time WNBA All-Star and a three-time All-WNBA First Team selection. She became the 12th player overall and second fastest ever to reach 5,000 career points and currently ranks fourth in WNBA history in scoring average (19.2). Last season, Pondexter averaged 16.9 points, 4.5 rebound and 4.0 assists per game.
Essence Carson begins her seventh season on the Liberty roster after a shortened 2013 season due to an ACL tear. She currently ranks seventh in Liberty history with 1,501 career points and has scored in double figures in 68 games. Prior to her season being cut short, Carson had been averaging 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds through the first four games of last season. In 2011, she played in the WNBA All-Star game. In a preseason meeting with the Connecticut Sun, Carson had led all scorers with 11 points.
NY LIBERTY IN 2013: The NY Liberty missed out on the 2013 playoffs, as they ended the season in fifth in the Eastern Conference and completed the regular season at 11-23 overall.
Matee Ajavon also begins her seventh season in the league and her first with the Atlanta Dream after spending the last five seasons with the Washington Mystics. Last season with the Mystics, Ajavon, who started 27 of her 34 appearances last season, averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 assists per game. She had a career-high eight assists last year against the Connecticut Sun.
ATLANTA DREAM IN 2013: The Atlanta Dream, who have advanced to the WNBA finals in three of the last four years, advanced to the championship round in 2013, falling to the Western Conference’s Minnesota Lynx in three games. The Dream ended the 2013 regular season second in the Eastern Conference at 17-17 overall.
Kia Vaughn enters her sixth season in the WNBA and her second season with the Washington Mystics. Vaughn averaged 6.9 points per game during the 2013 campaign, which including a season-high 21 points against the Chicago Sky. She also hauled in 5.2 rebounds per game, leading the Mystics on the boards in nine games.
WASHINGTON MYSTICS IN 2013: The Washington Mystics advanced to the 2013 WNBA playoffs, falling 2-1 in the first round to eventual Eastern Conference Champions, the Atlanta Dream. The Mystics finished the 2013 season third in the Eastern Conference ending the regular season at 17-17.
Epiphanny Prince begins her fifth season as a member of the Chicago Sky. She is currently the Sky’s all-time career three-point leader having gone 194-504 (.385) during her four seasons with Chicago. Last season, Prince averaged 15.0 points and 3.0 assists per game and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
CHICAGO SKY IN 2013: The Chicago Sky reached the 2013 playoffs, but fell to the Indiana Fever, 2-0, in first round action. The Sky ended the year at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and entered the post-season with a 24-10 mark.
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