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Liberty trades for center Amanda Zahui B

Tulsa Shock center Amanda Zahui B. and New

Tulsa Shock center Amanda Zahui B. and New York Liberty center Tina Charles battle for a loose ball in a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

The Liberty acquired 6-5 center Amanda Zahui B from the Dallas Wings, the team announced on Wednesday.

Dallas will get the Liberty’s 2017 first-round draft pick. The Liberty receives Dallas’ 2017 second-round pick.

Zahui B was the second overall pick in the 2015 WNBA draft, selected by the then-Tulsa Shock. She averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 31 games in her rookie season for the Shock, which moved to Dallas after the season and was renamed the Wings. Zahui B shot 33.3 percent (12-for-36) from three-point range and also averaged 0.6 blocks per game.

Zahui B played collegiately at Minnesota and was named a 2015 first-team All-American by The Associated Press. She averaged 16.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game during her career at Minnesota.

The addition of Zahui B is the latest move for the Liberty, which has also added veteran guards Lindsey Harding, Shoni Schimmel and Shavonte Zellous and 6-4 center Adut Bulgak in last month’s draft. Zahui B gives the Liberty another frontcourt presence to team with All-Star Tina Charles (6-4), Carolyn Swords (6-6) and Kiah Stokes (6-3).

The Liberty opens its 20th WNBA season Saturday in Washington, D.C., against the Mystics and plays Dallas in its home opener on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.


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