FEBRUARY 09, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA: Illinois Fighting Illini forward Karisma Penn (00) is guarded by Ohio State Buckeyes center Ashley Adams (33) during the first half at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ben Woloszyn-USPRESSWIRE

Karisma Penn Signs WNBA Contract With New York Liberty

After not being selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft, former Illinois forward Karisma Penn signed a free-agent contract with the New York Liberty on April 20th.

Penn and the Liberty will begin training camp on May 6th and will begin their regular season on May 25th against the Connecticut Sun.

Karisma Penn had a pretty amazing senior season with the Illinois Fighting Illini this past year. She was named honorable mention All-American, first-team All-Big Ten and Illinois’ team MVP while averaging 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.91 steals and 2.18 blocks per game.

She also led the league in offensive rebounds (3.8 rebounds per game) and ranked 25th nationally in steals per game, 28th in scoring, 29th in blocked shots, 35th in field-goal percentage and 59th in rebounding.

After signing her free agent contract, Penn said:

Having the opportunity to go to New York and learn from him and his staff is exciting. It’s a great opportunity for me to make a team, where if I had been drafted by a lot of the teams, I would have just filled a training camp roster versus having a real chance to make a team.

Although she was not drafted by a WNBA team this year, Penn could be the most overlooked player coming into this season. She was the fuel and the leader for Illinois this past year and led her team to a deep WNIT run in the postseason.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see her earn some serious minutes this season as a rookie for the New York Liberty.

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