Sparks players have traveled all across the globe to join their respective international teams during the WNBA off season and LASparks.com wants to make sure Sparks fans don’t miss a beat of the action. Currently, eight Sparks players are playing in six different countries, but the recaps, updates and important information will be available on one central location: LASparks.com.
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Farhiya Abdi/ A’dia Mathies — Good Angels Košice — Slovakia
The rookies are spending another season as teammates with the Good Angels Košice in Slovakia. In preparation for their EuroLeague opener on November 6, the Good Angels are competing in the Middle European League and are 4-0 since the arrival of the Sparks tandem. After four games, Abdi is averaging 12.8 points per game, including 21 points in her debut, a 106-65 victory over Rücon Spišská N. Ves on October 12. Mathies, in three games, has scored eight points a night after combining for 20 points in her first two games. Plenette Pierson of the New York Liberty is also a member of the Good Angels.
Marissa Coleman — KB Stars — Korea
Coleman will be playing with the KB Stars in the Women’s Korean Basketball League in South Korea. Coleman and the KB Stars are awaiting their first game, a matchup with One FX on October 30, to kick-off the 36-game regular season.
Jantel Lavender — Wisla Can-Pack Kraków — Poland
Lavender has head back to Poland to chase another Polish League championship and trip to the EuroLeague Final Eight, except this season with Wisla Can-Pack Kraków. Wisla Can-Pack is 11-1 and 3-0 since the arrival of Lavender, who has been the leading scorer in two of the three games she has played, including 22 points in 74-37 win over Basket ROW Rybnik on October 12. Lavender and Wisla Can-Pack will next take on Riviera Gdynia on October 27 and start their EueroLeague season on November 11 against Rivas Ecopolis.
Nneka Ogwumike— Guangdong Dolphins —China
Ogwumike will be playing her first year with the Guandong Dolphins of the Women’s Chinese Basketball League when the season begins later this month.
Jenna O’Hea — Dandenong Rangers — Australia
O’Hea has returned home for the offseason to rejoin the Dandenong Rangers in the Women’s National Basketball League. After leading the Rangers to a championship in 2012, O’Hea is off to a tremendous start putting up scoring performances of 29, 29 and 22 in three wins. So far, she leads the league in points per game (26.7) and total free throws made (20) and is second in three point field goal percentage (.500) and total three pointers made (10). O’Hea and the Rangers will take on the West Coast Waves on October 26.
Candace Parker — UMMC Ekaterinburg — Russia
Parker has yet to play for UMMC this season, but when she does her goal will no doubt be to lead UMMC Ekaterinburg to a second consecutive EuroLeague championship. In 2012, Parker was named Final Eight MVP, an even more impressive feat considering the stacked talent of her team that included the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird. UMMC is 2-0 in PBL play this season and will begin its run towards another EuroLeague championship on November 7 against Uni Györ. Parker’s season debut may come in the SuperCup, a matchup against the reigning EuroCup champ-Dynamo Moscow-on October 29. Dynamo Moscow’s starting point guard? Teammate Kristi Toliver
Kristi Toliver —Dynamo Moscow— Russia
Toliver returned to Russia for her second season with Dynamo Moscow and is looking for another EuroCup championship. In two PBL wins so far this season, Toliver has chipped in performances of 16 (October 12) and eight (October 20) as Dynamo Moscow’s starting point guard. After the SuperCup, Dynamo Moscow begins the EuroCup season on November 6 against Olimpia Grodno. The Connecticut Sun’s Tina Charles and the Minnesota Lynx’s Lindsey Whalen will join Toliver this season.