Tagged Los Angeles Sparks

EuroBasket Takeaways: Emma Meesseman, Maria Vadeeva Clash

The first day of Women’s EuroBasket 2019 featured a high-profile frontcourt matchup as Belgium defeated Russia 67-54 in group play.  Belgium’s Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics) and Russia’s Maria Vadeeva (Los Angeles Sparks) also happen to be two of the most notable WNBA players participating in the tournament. Meesseman scored a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17…

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What EuroBasket Departures Mean for Rest of WNBA Season

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 begins June 27 and concludes July 7 with the championship game. 13 WNBA players along with several additional players and prospects of interest are competing in the tournament, and WNBA teams must account for the temporary losses of these players as they compete on this international stage. We don’t know how things…

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Chelsea Gray Keeps Rocking Crunch Time for L.A. Sparks

At the age of 26 in just her third season as a full-time starter, point guard Chelsea Gray has already put together an impressive collection of big-time clutch shots for the Los Angeles Sparks. She continues adding to that reel as we start the 2019 WNBA season, especially as fellow All-Star Candace Parker has been…

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Early Effects of WNBA’s Cost-Cutting Roster Moves

WNBA teams operate under a hard cap and only get 12 roster spots. It’s a harsh reality of the league’s current state. Rookies, young players coming off rookie-scale deals and veteran bench players alike are often victims to roster crunches, with talent ranking far down the list of reasons why. The guaranteed contract—referred to in…

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L.A. Sparks Went Big with Chiney Ogwumike Trade

The Los Angeles Sparks made a trade to acquire a high-profile low post threat, just not the one so many fans had eagerly anticipated. The Sparks acquired Chiney Ogwumike, not Liz Cambage of the Dallas Wings, from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for L.A.’s 2020 first round pick. Ogwumike’s camp and the Sun front office…

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Biggest Winners From 2019 WNBA Draft

Jackie Young didn’t have to wait long to hear her name called Wednesday night at the 2019 WNBA Draft in New York after foregoing her final season of eligibility. The Notre Dame alum was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the No. 1 overall pick, though they weren’t the only clear winners on the…

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What International Prospect Alina Iagupova Brings to L.A. Sparks

The Los Angeles Sparks signed Ukrainian guard/wing Alina Iagupova last week. She’s a current teammate of Sparks restricted free agent point guard Chelsea Gray for Cukurova Mersin in Turkey. “I’m excited to sign Alina Iagupova,” Sparks general manager Penny Toler said in a team release. “Alina has played at a high level overseas for several…

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Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is Exactly What Los Angeles Sparks Needed

The Los Angeles Sparks signed unrestricted free agent guard/wing Tierra-Ruffin Pratt one week after losing fellow unrestricted free agent Essence Carson to the Phoenix Mercury. Ruffin-Pratt arrives in Los Angeles after spending the first six years of her WNBA career with the Washington Mystics. Carson had been a key member of the Sparks rotation for…

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Los Angeles Sparks 2019 Offseason Checklist

The Los Angeles Sparks looked like a team that ran out of fuel. A grueling week of travel ended in a second-round, single-elimination contest against the Washington Mystics—a team that had been playing much better to close the regular season and had home court advantage (as well as the accompanying first-round bye) to show for…

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