McCarville suspended for season

Andrew Baker

The WNBA’s New York Liberty suspended former Gophers center Janel McCarville for the entire 2011 season for missing the team’s training camp, the Associated Press reported Friday.

In a statement announcing the news, Liberty coach and general manager John Whisenant said that even without McCarville, his team “is ready to compete for a WNBA championship this season.”

McCarville, along with current Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, was a center on the first Gophers women’s basketball team to reach the Final Four in 2003-2004.

The Charlotte Sting selected her as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft. McCarville has averaged 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in her WNBA career.

While at Minnesota, McCarville twice earned All-America honors and racked up 1,835 career points, good enough for fifth all-time in team history.