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Third-year center Kia Vaughn could see increased playing time, and the Liberty also have rookie forward Jessica Breland (North Carolina) in camp. In the backcourt, New York has added rookies Sydney Colson (champion Texas A&M) and 6-foot-1 guard-forward Alex Montgomery (Georgia Tech), along with fourth-year forward Crystal Kelly.

“I’m very excited. I’m anxious to get started,” Vaughn said. “I’m healthy, strong, mentally prepared. I just have to go out there and play and be myself.”

The Liberty were officially welcomed to Newark during a news conference Thursday that included Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Devils owner and Prudential Center chairman and managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek and MSG Sports President Scott O’Neil.

Afterwards, Pondexter beat Booker 4-0 in a brief game of 1-on-1.

New York will host Washington in its preseason opener on Wednesday.