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Thursday, April 13

2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks Select Sydney Wiese 11th Overall in 2017 WNBA Draft

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 13, 2017 – The Los Angeles Sparks selected guard Sydney Wiese with the 11th pick overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft, announced Executive Vice President and General Manager, Penny Toler.

“Sydney is one of the best point guards in the country,” said Penny Toler, LA Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager. “She is a very good passer, penetrator, and 3pt shooter that has shown that she can affect the outcome of a game be either her scoring or passing ability.  She will be a great addition to our team now and for years to come.”

A 2016-17 All-American, Wiese averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior at Oregon and ranked 16th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (42.6). The 6-foot-1 guard set the Pac-12 record for career three-pointers (373) the OSU record for career assists (626), and ranks fifth on the Beavers’ all-time scoring list (1,824).

“We are excited to get Sydney as a part of our team,” said Brian Agler, LA Sparks Coach. “We like her ability to play the point guard spot, shoot the 3 point spot and distribute to her All WNBA teammates.” 

A highly decorated player, Wiese was named the 2016-17 women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award winner, All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Wooden Award, four-time All-Pac-12 honoree, WCBA All-Region team, Academic All-American and Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year.


Monday, June 19
Candance Parker Named Player of the Week

NEW YORK, June 19, 2017 Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 12-18.

Jones earned Player of the Week honors for the first time in her two WNBA seasons.  In leading the Sun to a 2-0 week, Jones paced the Eastern Conference in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and blocks (2.5 bpg) and shared the lead in steals (2.0 spg).  She also ranked sixth in scoring (17.5 ppg) and third in field goal percentage (.737, 14-of-19).

The 6-6 forward/center opened her week with 19 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and three assists in a 96-76 home win over the New York Liberty on June 14.  Three days later, the former George Washington University star helped Connecticut hand the WNBA-leading Minnesota Lynx its first loss of the season.  In the Sun’s 98-93 road victory, Jones finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and four steals as Connecticut improved to 5-5 for the season with its fifth win in six games.

Parker earned Player of the Week honors for the 19th time in her 10-year career.  Behind the 6-4 forward/center, the Sparks went 3-0 for the week and improved to 8-3 overall, the second-best record in the WNBA.  Among West players, the two-time WNBA MVP was seventh in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).  She also tied for second in blocks (2.0 bpg) and for third in assists (5.0 apg).  Parker was eighth in three-point shooting (.417, 5-of-12) and made 13 of her 14 attempts from the free throw line (.929).

On June 13, the former University of Tennessee standout tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Sparks defeated the Dallas Wings 97-87 in Los Angeles.  Two days later, Parker contributed 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks to help guide the host Sparks past the San Antonio Stars 80-75.  Parker closed the week with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks as Los Angeles beat the Phoenix Mercury 90-59 on June 18 in a game that also saw Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi become the WNBA’s career scoring leader.

Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas, Dallas’ Skylar Diggins-Smith, the Indiana Fever’s Tiffany Mitchell, Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray and Nneka Ogwumike, New York’s Tina Charles and Shavonte Zellous, and the Washington Mystics’ Tayler Hill.


Thursday, October 20



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Candace Parker and the Sparks jumped with joy on the court, joined in celebration by a guy named Magic Johnson who once made basketball championships a habit in Los Angeles.

Parker's old college coach, the late Pat Summitt, was there in spirit too.

Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night for the franchise's first title in 14 years.

Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the Finals and her first WNBA title, capping a trying year marked by the death of the beloved Summitt, with whom she won two NCAA championships at Tennessee. Parker also was left off the U.S. Olympic team after helping them to a gold medal in the previous two Games.

''The journey to get here I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anybody else,'' Parker said. ''It's amazing when you surround yourself with good people how fun it is.''

Sparks coach Brian Agler started his postgame news conference by playing a recording of the Tennessee fight song, ''Rocky Top,'' from a phone in front of him at the podium. Parker cried as she leaned over to hug her coach.

''I've never been around somebody that has been critiqued so hard,'' Agler said, ''and I've never been around anyone I'm happy for than Candace.''

Said Ogwumike: ''She's been through so much. She's probably the most misunderstood person in the league. I told her I wanted her to get one.''

Parker heard Summitt's voice in her head, recalling the time-worn advice to focus on defense and rebounding.

''You can't control if shots go in or shots don't, but what you can control is defense and rebounding,'' Parker said.

Rebekkah Brunson made one of two free throws with 23.4 seconds left to give the Lynx a 74-73 lead. Parker answered with a layup on the other end that Maya Moore countered with a jumper. Then Ogwumike hustled her way over to the loose ball after Sylvia Folwes blocked her first attempt. She coolly swished it.

Lindsay Whalen's heave from just inside halfcourt bounced high off the backboard, setting off the celebration for the Sparks and silencing the sellout crowd of 19,423.

Moore had 23 points and 11 assists for the Lynx, who fell short of matching the WNBA record of four championships. The Houston Comets won four straight titles from 1997-2000. The Lynx played in the finals for the fifth time in the last six years. They won three.

''The team that won this game deserved to win the game,'' Moore said, ''so it's just hard to have it come that close.''

Chelsea Gray reeled off 11 consecutive points for the Sparks, capping that run with a smooth up-and-under layup to put them in front 60-59 early in the fourth quarter. Parker's putback with 3:06 left gave L.A. a 71-63 lead, putting the Lynx in trouble.

But Moore seized the moment with a 3-pointer that brought Minnesota within four points, and Parker forced an off-balance 3 on the other end. Whalen stole the ball from Kristi Toliver and finished the fast break with a layup to tie the game at 71, setting up the final flurry.

On the next play, Ogwumike hit a jumper that appeared to come after the shot clock expired. The officials signaled for a review but never looked at the basket. Los Angeles led 73-71 with just over a minute left. Seimone Augustus answered with a jumper, but those points proved to be critical.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, making sure to credit the Sparks for their performance was livid about the non-call afterward.

''It's not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league. Because it is not fair to these great players that we have,'' Reeve said.

The WNBA's new postseason format with the field ordered by overall record regardless of conference sure worked well, leading to this classic matchup between the two teams that fought all summer for the top seed and featuring several of the league's biggest stars.

''I hope that we gained a lot of fans from around the world and around this country,'' Augustus said.

The game was remarkably close, with 24 lead changes and 11 ties with no team ever leading by double digits.


The sea of green T-shirts donned by almost everyone in the crowd produced a deafening soundtrack from start to finish befitting a game for the trophy.

Even Johnson was there, wearing all black while sitting courtside to root for the Sparks team he's a part-owner of and spoke to after the loss at home in Game 4 on Sunday. His presence was all the more impressive considering the Dodgers, the other pro club he's invested in, were playing baseball in Los Angeles at the same time in Game 5 of their National League championship series.

''They had to believe they could do it on a tough home court. This team Minnesota is tremendous,'' Johnson said. ''We just beat the champions so I give them a lot of credit to.''


The Lynx had celebrity backing, too, with Timberwolves players including Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Cole Aldrich and Nemanja Belica in the seats to support the women they share an arena with.


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Thursday, July 7
Tina Charles And Nneka Ogwumike Named Players Of The Month


NEW YORK – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Samsung, respectively, for games played in June. Charles earned her second consecutive Player of the Month honor and her seventh overall, tying Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx for the most since the award’s inception in 2010. For Ogwumike, the Player of the Month award is the first of her career.

The Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Month awards, as well as the WNBA Rookie of the Month, are presented by Samsung and are part of the larger WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung program. This marks the third consecutive season that Samsung, an official WNBA marketing partner, will present the WNBA’s highest individual honors, including the WNBA Most Valuable Player, WNBA Most Improved Player, WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Charles, the 2012 WNBA MVP and a four-time WNBA All-Star, led the WNBA in scoring (21.7 ppg) and ranked second overall – tops in the Eastern Conference – in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and assists (5.1 apg) in June. Charles guided New York to a 9-2 mark during the month, second in the league only to Los Angeles (10-1), by tallying 20 or more points in each of her final seven games, including two 30-point outings.

The University of Connecticut product began the month with 14 points and nine rebounds in a 91-59 win over Indiana on June 3, followed by 19 points and 13 boards in an 86-78 victory at Seattle two days later. She then began her stretch of 20-point scoring efforts on June 11 in a 90-75 win at San Antonio, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and followed that with a game-high 28 points in a 91-88 win over Dallas on June 14.

Charles scored a season-high 32 points in an 80-72 win at Connecticut on June 16. She then recorded a double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds, to go along with six assists, in a 78-75 road win over Indiana. Three days later, Charles came within one rebound of posting a triple-double as she tallied 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 90-79 win at Atlanta.

Additional highlights of Charles’ play in May included:
• June 24 vs. Chicago: 21 points and 13 rebounds in an 80-79 victory
• June 26 vs. Phoenix: 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 104-97 overtime loss

Ogwumike, the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time WNBA All-Star, led all WNBA players in field goal percentage (.733, 85-of-116) and guided Los Angeles to a league-best 10-1 mark during June. She also paced all Western Conference players in scoring (19.7 ppg), was second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and ranked fourth in blocks (1.36 bpg).

During the month, Ogwumike set two WNBA records for consecutive field goals made. After opening June with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-61 win vs. San Antonio on June 2, she posted a record-setting performance in a 97-73 win at Dallas on June 11. Ogwumike recorded game highs of 32 points and 10 rebounds while setting a WNBA mark for most field goals made without a miss (12, topping the previous record of 11 set by Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus on June 8, 2007). Three days later, Ogwumike recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 98-85 defeat of Chicago. It was during that game that Ogwumike set a WNBA record for consecutive made field goals overall, hitting her 23rd straight over a span of three games that began June 7 against New York.

The Stanford University product closed out the month with a pair of game-high scoring efforts over her final three contests, first tallying 27 points and seven rebounds on June 26 in an 80-73 home win against Connecticut. She then posted a career-high 38 points to go along with 11 boards in an 84-75 defeat of visiting Atlanta on June 30.

Additional highlights of Ogwumike’s play in June included:
• June 24 at Minnesota: 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists in a 94-76 victory
• June 7 vs. New York: 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in a 100-77 win.


Tuesday, June 28
Tennessee Mourns Loss Of Iconic Coach


Born Patricia Sue Head on June 14, 1952 in Clarksville, Tennessee, Summitt arrived at the University of Tennessee for her first job as a 22-year-old physical education teacher and coach in 1974. As it turned out, the move to Knoxville would be the only one she'd make in her career. She leaves a legacy of greatness and grace that will never be forgotten.

Famous for her intensity, Summitt's competitive fire was reflected in her steely blue eyes and an icy stare that often connected with, and strengthened the resolve of, her student-athletes. Conversely, she possessed warmth and humor that demonstrated, in a motherly way, that her critiques were from the heart of someone who truly cared. They were simply methods of coaxing the very best she could get out of young women for whom she was responsible and preparing them for the rigors of the game and life.

More than once, she reflected, "they don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Summitt served as head coach of the Lady Volunteers for 38 seasons and recorded an astounding overall record of 1,098-208 (.840). She made the UT program known and respected worldwide for its standard of excellence.

Her incredible body of work in that regard earned her the title "Naismith Women's Collegiate Coach of the Century" for the 1900s. It was a hallmark achievement for a leader who received a plethora of national (seven times) and SEC coach of the year (eight times) accolades during her career.

So respected as a women's college coach was Summitt, she was viewed as being equally capable of coaching men and was occasionally mentioned as a candidate to do so. UT and NFL great Peyton Manning told Summitt he always wished he could have played for her. He alluded, if she had pursued that path, that she had the traits necessary to be a successful football coach as well.

Summitt's passion, though, was developing young women into champions, graduates and successful citizens, and she did it better than anyone ever had. Her example served as motivation that girls could do anything they put their minds to if they were willing to put in the work. The growth in the game of basketball is just one area where her influence is evident.

The first NCAA basketball coach to reach the 1,000-win plateau, her victory total still stands as the most in NCAA Division I women's or men's hoops history. She accomplished that feat despite early retirement from the game on April 18, 2012, after revealing she was suffering from early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, less than a year earlier on Aug. 23, 2011.

Summitt served as head coach emeritus since 2012 and also devoted her time to raising awareness worldwide about Alzheimer's disease through the Pat Summitt Foundation and its highly-successful "We Back Pat" campaign. Her willingness to bravely share her fight against the illness allowed Summitt a platform where her courage impacted fund-raising efforts and gave hope to millions who are affected directly or through a loved one.

The uncommon valor Summitt demonstrated while facing her toughest foe earned her even greater admiration than she had attained as a hall of fame coach. President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The tributes continue to this day and will for some time to come.

During her illustrious career, Summitt's teams made a record-setting 31-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, winning eight NCAA National Championships and finishing second five times while playing in 22 NCAA or AIAW Final Fours. UT recorded the very first three-peat in NCAA Division I women's basketball, seizing national titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998, with the third of those squads cruising to a school-best 39-0 record.

She also guided the Big Orange to 16 SEC regular-season titles and 16 SEC Tournaments, including victories in the first-ever SEC tourney in 1980 and her final one as head coach in 2012. Tennessee was a dominant 458-69 (.869) vs. SEC opponents during her tenure, including 69-17 (.795) during tourney play.

Summitt, who won silver as a player at the 1976 Olympics and coached the 1984 U.S. team to gold, directed 14 players at UT who made Olympic Teams. She developed 21 WBCA All-Americans and 39 All-SEC players. She sent 39 Lady Vols to the WNBA, including 15 drafted in the first round and three picked No. 1 overall.

Using the attributes of discipline, hard work and sacrifice she learned while doing chores as a child on her family's farm, Summitt taught her players to embrace and embody those traits and, along the way, established a code of conduct she called her "Definite Dozen."

They are: Respect yourself and others. Take full responsibility. Develop and demonstrate loyalty. Learn to be a great communicator. Discipline yourself so no one else has to. Make hard work your passion. Don't just work hard, work smart. Put the team before yourself. Make winning an attitude. Be a competitor. Change is a must. Handle success like you handle failure.

Those tenets weren't tailored solely for the basketball court. Summitt knew they were applicable to the classroom and for the rest of the players' lives, ensuring that she was developing educated, self-sufficient young women to send into the world.

Furthermore, she empowered her players by providing a strong parental presence and creating a family atmosphere where student-athletes from all backgrounds felt at home.

As a result, not only was Tennessee highly successful on the hardwood, the program was perfect in graduating players. All 122 Lady Vols under her watch who completed their eligibility at UT earned degrees.

At the time of her retirement, 78 individuals who were mentored in the UT program by Summitt occupied basketball coaching or administrative positions. Among them is Tennessee's current head coach, Holly Warlick, who played for Summitt from 1976-80 and coached beside her from 1985 to 2012.

Summitt's accomplishments as one of the game's greatest teachers resulted in basketball courts being named in her honor (at Tennessee and her alma maters UT Martin and Cheatham County H.S.). She was named to no fewer than eight halls of fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Streets bear her name in Knoxville and Martin. A statue and plaza were constructed near Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena in 2013.

Just up the street on the UT campus from Pat Summitt Plaza resides another statue, the Torchbearer, whose outstretched arm grasps a torch perpetually aflame. The iconic monument in Circle Park symbolizes the university's Volunteer Creed, which states "One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others."

As a coach, mentor, mother-figure, ambassador, trailblazer and role model, Pat Summitt was a living torchbearer. Hers is a light that also cannot be extinguished.

Monday, May 23
Nneka Ogwumike is 'Glue' for Los Angeles Sparks


Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds this season, including 25 points and 15 rebounds Saturday at Madison Square Garden. 



LOS ANGELES -- Nneka Ogwumike is not on summer vacation. Even if it sometimes seems a little like that to her.

"I guess when I come from overseas, it feels less like a job," the Los Angeles Sparks forward said of her WNBA season. "It's enjoyable, and I look forward to it. It's the highlight of my year."

Ogwumike's other job is in Russia, where she plays for Dynamo Kursk. The switch back home to the United States is understandably pleasant. Especially so now, with the Sparks off to a 3-0 start. They're one of two unbeaten teams (along with Minnesota) as they head into Tuesday's game at Chicago (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).


But Ogwumike was just as upbeat in 2015 about her "summer job," even though the first several weeks of the Sparks' season then were anything but fun for her or the team.

A year ago right about this same time, we checked in with Ogwumike and she was very optimistic about the Sparks' potential, despite forward Candace Parker sitting out the first part of the season. But then Ogwumike suffered a sprained ankle in an exhibition game in late May. (The season started in June then, with no major international competition to have to fit in like this year with the Olympics.)

And very little went right for L.A. for nearly two months. Ogwumike missed the first four games as the Sparks lost their first seven. They finally "celebrated" their first win on July 2, Ogwumike's birthday. But the victories remained sparse until both Parker (who was resting) and guard Alana Beard (foot injury) returned in late July.

In August, Ogwumike was out six more games because of a concussion. Still, she finished the regular season averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"I thought last year was sort of unfair to her, with all the injuries we had and with her missing 10 games," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "And then trying to play her at the 3 [spot] so much. Now, she'll defend out on the perimeter, but we're going to primarily keep her playing the 4 spot offensively."

L.A. ended up making the playoffs last season but had to face eventual champion Minnesota in the first round. So just as the 2014 season had been tumultuous with Sparks firing coach Carol Ross at the All-Star break, 2015 under Agler had plenty of challenges for L.A., too.

But 2016 -- yes, it's very early -- seems different. In tangible ways -- the Sparks didn't get their third victory last year until July 21 -- and in more intangible ones.

"I really feel like the chemistry has been established," Ogwumike said, even though she and other key players such as Jantel Lavender and Kristi Toliver were late arrivals just before the Sparks' opener. "That doesn't mean we're going to just automatically come in and play well on the court, but it means we get better in practice because we understand each other."


Tuesday, April 26
Candace Parker Disappointed, Will Not Be On US Hoops Roster

Candace Parker was shocked when the two-time Olympic gold medalist learned that she will not be on the U.S. women's basketball roster for the Rio Games.

 'I was surprised and disappointed,' Parker said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'Having gone to last two Olympics, I know what it means to represent the USA. I wish everybody on the team good luck. The USA is going to win a sixth gold medal.'


Parker received a call from national team director Carol Callan last week informing her of USA Basketball's decision.

'I was surprised, very surprised, but it's tough on her,' Parker said. 'I was looking forward to this summer. I played well up until this point. Played well in both camps. I felt like my game is still in its prime.'

USA Basketball declined to comment on Parker not being on team, but is expected to announce the Olympic roster on Wednesday.

Parker helped the U.S. win gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She was the team's leading rebounder in the London Games four years ago. She is a two-time WNBA MVP and was fifth in the voting for the award last year despite sitting out the first half of the season to rest injuries. When Parker did return, she averaged 19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists.

She'll miss wearing the red, white and blue uniform.

'You feel it's bigger than yourself, representing your entire country,' Parker said. 'It means a lot to put that USA across your chest. I wore it with a lot of pride, didn't carry it lightly.'

Parker had 21 points and 11 rebounds against France in the gold medal game in the London Games.

With Parker off the team, it is likely that Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart, who play the same position as Parker, will make their first Olympic rosters.

Delle Donne won the WNBA's MVP last year and Stewart helped UConn win a fourth straight national championship earlier this month. She was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft and also has helped USA Basketball win gold medals at nearly every level she's played.

'I feel like any 12 of our top 25 players on the USA team, you put them out there and they'll win a gold medal,' she said. 'I'm disappointed because this is one of the best teams to play USA basketball that I can remember. It hurts a little bit not to be part of it.'

Parker is perhaps the most accomplished player in her prime to not make a U.S. Olympic roster. Los Angeles Sparks co-owner Magic Johnson tweeted out his support of his star player Monday night.

'I'm very disappointed (at)Candace-Parker wasn't selected to the USA Basketball Women's Olympic Team,' he tweeted. 'I feel (at)Candace-Parker is the best all around women's basketball player in the world!'

The U.S. has won without Parker in the past, winning both the 2010 and 2014 world championships. The Los Angeles Sparks star player missed both of those tournaments because of injuries.

The Americans will be trying for a sixth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Parker, a former All-American at Tennessee, could still potentially make the team as an alternate. With the WNBA season set to begin on May 14, there is a chance that one of the 12 members of the team could get injured before the Olympics.

'I'll cross that bridge when it happens,' she said. 'I'm older and more mature and feel like I take things as they come. They made their decision and I have to respect it.'


Wednesday, March 18

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed center Jantel Lavender, executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very excitedý that Jantel is returning to the Sparks to continue her career,” said Sparks head coach Brian Agler.  “She is a player who has greatly improved throughout her WNBA days and has proven her ability to play at an All-Star level. She will be a significant contributor to the future success of the Sparks and I'm looking forward to seeing Jantel continue to grow as a player.”

Lavender was selected fifth overall by the Sparks in the 2011 WNBA Draft and has played an increased role in each of her four seasons in Los Angeles. Last season, she started a career-high 27 games and posted career bests of 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.3 minutes per game.  She had four double-doubles on the season, two of which came from consecutive career-high 13-rebound games on June 19 (vs. Tulsa) and June 22 (vs. San Antonio).

She holds career averages of 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 18.6 minutes per game in 135 games (34 starts) played and ranks second in Sparks history in field goal percentage (.513) among all qualified players.  She heads into the 2015 season with a streak of 106 consecutive games played, ranking in the top five in Sparks history.  


Thursday, February 26
Alana Beard Re-signs with Sparks

LOS ANGELES -- Alana Beard has re-signed with the Los Angeles Sparks after spending the past three seasons with the WNBA team.

The guard-forward averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds while starting all 33 games last season. She was named to the league's all-defensive team for the fifth time last year.

Beard first joined the Sparks as a free agent in February 2012. She averaged 8.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 98 games over that time.

The four-time All-Star began her career with Washington, playing six seasons with the Mystics before missing 2010 and 2011 with injuries.


Monday, February 9
Sparks Sign C Marianna Tolo

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks have signed Australian center Marianna Tolo, bringing the international veteran to the WNBA.

Tolo is averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 games with French league team Tango Bourges Basket, where she has played the past three seasons.

She played with the WNBL Canberra Capitals from 2008-12, helping the Australian team win two league titles. Tolo was a member of the Australian national team last year, helping it to a bronze medal at the world championships.

New Sparks coach Brian Agler said Tolo is a versatile post player who will help the team immediately.

The deal was announced Monday.


Tuesday, January 6

Brian Agler

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Sparks Executive Vice President and general manager Penny Toler today named veteran coach Brian Agler the 12th head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

The all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball history, Agler is a veteran of the WNBA, bringing 11-years of head coaching experience and a WNBA title to the Sparks organization. He became the all-time winningest coach in 2012 when he earned his 212th career win (ABL and WNBA) to move past Van Chancellor (211), former coach of the Houston Comets. Following the 2014 WNBA season, he stands at 262 career wins (78 ABL, 184 WNBA).  

“In what was a very extensive search to find a talented leader and winner to be our head coach, Brian stood out as the right person to lead the Sparks,” said Toler.  “A proven winner, Brian’s experience and leadership will energize our offense and challenge our defense to return the Sparks to a championship caliber team.”

Agler joins the Sparks after an impressive seven-year stint leading the Seattle Storm. During his seven seasons as head coach and director of player personnel, he compiled a 136-102 record (.571) leading the team to six consecutive postseason berths (2008-2013).

“I am excited about the possibilities with the Sparks,” said Agler.  “I appreciate the opportunity provided to me from Penny Toler, and of course the ownership group led by Magic Johnson, Mark Walter and Stan Kasten. I am joining a franchise that has a championship heritage, a world-renowned ownership group and an internationally known brand.

“The Sparks roster is comprised of MVP’s, Olympians and All-Stars who have won championships. WNBA titles do not come easy, but as Sparks head coach I am confident that together with our talented roster we will position ourselves to compete for another WNBA championship for the city of Los Angeles.”

In 2010, he led the Storm to its second championship title in team history with an impressive 28-6 regular season record and undefeated 7-0 run through the postseason. His championship and record-setting season earned him the 2010 WNBA Coach of the Year award.

Agler added,  “I truly appreciate my days, friendships and experiences with the Seattle Storm. I am leaving a first class organization and wish the Storm and its fans all the best.”

His WNBA experience also includes serving as head coach of the Minnesota Lynx (1999-2002) and two stints as an assistant coach with the then San Antonio Silver Stars (2005-2007) and the Phoenix Mercury (2004). 

Prior to the WNBA, Agler served as head coach of the Columbus Quest of the ABL (1996-1999) where he compiled an 82-22 overall record. During his first two seasons with the Quest, he guided the team to back-to-back ABL championships (1997,1998) and was named the ABL Coach of the Year following his first title run.

His coaching experience includes 15 seasons coaching among the collegiate ranks, including 13 seasons as a head coach. From 1993-96 he served as the head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State. In 1988, Agler took over as the head women’s coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In five seasons at UMKC, Agler was 85-54 and took the Kangaroos from a 9-16 record in 1988-89 to four straight winning seasons with 17 or more victories. Under his direction, UMKC led the NCAA in scoring defense three consecutive seasons from 1990-93. In 1991, UMKC set an NCAA team record, allowing 51.8 points per game.

As the head women’s basketball coach at Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College from 1984-88, Agler compiled a 124-42 record (.747 winning percentage). In 1985-86, NEO A&M was ranked second nationally and posted a 30-2 record.

Agler attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he led the Tigers to its only NCAA Division III Championship in basketball as a freshman. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor. He received his master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) in 1985. Agler and his wife Robin, have two children: Bryce and Taylor.


Wednesday, October 3

Candace Named Player of the Month, Nneka Named Rookie of the Month

Parker and Ogwumike Both Win Fourth Respective Monthly Awards

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker was named the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile, and forward Nneka Ogwumike was named the for games played in the month of September.

Parker is being honored with the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile distinction for the fourth time this season (May, June, July and September). Led by Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks have swept this honor for the 2012 season, with Kristi Toliver receiving the honor in August.

The five-year veteran from the University of Tennessee led the Sparks (24-10) to a 5-3 record in the final weeks of the regular season, seeding them second in the West going into the postseason. For the month, Parker ranked second in the league in rebounds per game (9.5), fourth in the West in shooting percentage (.523) and third in the West in scoring (16.9 ppg).

Parker was the first player in league history to receive both the WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year (2008). A standout in the 2012 Olympics where she helped the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team win her second and the team’s fifth-straight gold medal, an Olympic record for traditional women’s team sports.

Highlights of Parker’s month included:
- Sept. 7 at Washington: Recorded a season-high eight assists
- Sept. 9 at New York: Double-double with 15 rebounds and 14 points
- Sept. 14 vs. Connecticut: Double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds
- Sept. 18 vs. Phoenix: Double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds
- Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota: Double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds

Ogwumike paced all rookies in points (15.1 ppg), rebounds (7.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.598). Overall, Ogwumike ranked 10th in rebounds and 14th in points. Ogwumike scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds in an 86-77 win over the Chicago Sky on Sept. 13. She finished out the regular season with a double-double (22 points and 11 rebounds) in a 92-76 win over the 2011 defending champion Minnesota Lynx on Sept. 20.

The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Sparks. She also earned Rookie of the Month honors in May, July and August.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included: - Sept. 13 vs. Chicago: Double-double with 30 points (career high) and 11 rebounds
- Sept. 14 vs. Connecticut: 17 points, eight rebounds in 34 minutes
- Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota: Double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds


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