PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers women’s basketball standout Tasha Pointer (’01) has signed as a free agent with the WNBA’s New York Liberty, the team has announced.
The Liberty will begin training camp on April 25, and will play two preseason games -- May 8 at Los Angeles and May 15 against the Sparks at Madison Square Garden. Final roster cuts will be made in mid-May.
Pointer, a 5-6 guard, spent this winter playing with the NWBL’s Chicago Blaze, averaging 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Named to the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team this March, Pointer (1997-2001) posted career totals of 1,456 points (eighth all time at Rutgers), 839 assists (first), 292 steals (first), 257 free throws made (third) and 531 free throws attempted (tied-third), playing in 129 games (tied-third) during her four-year career “On the Banks.” She recorded four triple-doubles during her career, the most in BIG EAST history, and ranks third in assists (460) and 14th in steals (154) on the BIG EAST regular-season charts.
Pointer led RU to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round in 2001, the Sweet Sixteen in 1998, the Elite Eight in 1999 and the Final Four in 2000. She was named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 2000 and 2001, earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors 1999 and 2001, and was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 1998.
Another former Scarlet Knight, Tammy Sutton-Brown (’01), is preparing for the beginning of training camp with the Charlotte Sting. Sutton-Brown has averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during her three-year WNBA career, earning a selection to the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game and helping lead the Sting to the 2001 WNBA Finals. A teammate of Pointer’s for four years, the 6-4 center averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during her career “On the Banks,” and ranks third in field-goal percentage (.577), fourth in blocked shots (148), sixth in free throws attempted (494), seventh in free throws made (304), 12th in rebounding (685) and 15th in scoring (1,246) on the RU career charts. Sutton-Brown spent the winter playing in the Korean League, leading her team to the title.