Nancy Lieberman Returning to WNBA Court at Age 50

Published: Jul. 24, 2008 at 3:11 PM CDT
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(DETROIT) - Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is leaving ESPN's broadcast booth to return to the WNBA to set one more record.

The Detroit Shock have signed Lieberman, the team's former coach and current ESPN basketball analyst, to a seven-day contract.

That means she will become the oldest player to ever suit up for a WNBA game. She turned 50 on July 1.

Lieberman set the mark as the oldest player in WNBA history with the Phoenix Mercury, at 39 years, 54 days in 1997, the league's inaugural season.

The signing comes in the wake of the Shock losing forward Cheryl Ford for the season with a torn ACL. They will likely lose more players to suspensions stemming from Tuesday's bench-clearing scuffle with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Lieberman won two college national championships at Old Dominion and was a member of two U.S. Olympic teams, winning gold at Montreal in 1976 and joining the roster of the 1980 team that would have gone to the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Games.

She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Courtesy ESPN News Services.