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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Parker and Toliver Meet in SuperCup
The first meeting of two Sparks players this offseason came in the FIBA Europe SuperCup on October 29, when forward/center Candace Parker and guard Kristi Toliver led their respective teams in matchup of EuroLeague and EuroCup Champions. With eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks, Parker led UMMC Ekaterinburg to a 72-63 victory and their first SuperCup after winning the EuroLeague Championships last May. Toliver finished as the game’s top scorer, leading Dynamo Moscow with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Parker is one of four Sparks players competing in the EuroLeague this season (along with Farhiya Abdi and A’dia Mathies of Good Angeles Košice and Jantel Lavender of Wisla Can-Pack Kraków) but she will meet Toliver on the court again as both teams also compete in the Premier League, Russia Championship and Russia Cup over the next several months.
Farhiya Abdi/ A’dia Mathies — Good Angels Košice — Slovakia
Good Angels begin EuroeLeague play on November 6 and are now 10-0 in the Middle European League. In a 76-56 win on October 24, both Abdi and Mathies contributed four points. Abdi followed up with nine points on October 26, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.
Marissa Coleman — KB Stars — 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 continues to lead Wisla Can-Pack with 18.5 points per game through four contests. She was once again the team’s leading scorer with 20 points in Wisla’s 65-51 win on October 27. Lavender and company begin EuroLeague play on November 11 against Rivas Ecopolis.
Jenna O’Hea — Dandenong Rangers — Australia
The Rangers are 5-0 after a 90-36 rout of the West Coast Waves on October 26. Hoping to lead her team to another WNBL Championship, O’Hea is averaging 24.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game through four contests, adding another 17 on October 25. The Rangers take the floor again on October 31.
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.
Candace Parker — UMMC Ekaterinburg — Russia
Parker played her first game of the season in the SuperCup, starting exactly where she left off after being named EureLeague MVP in May, with a performance of eight points, seven rebounds and four assists. UMMC Ekaterinaburg’s next game is on November 4 before they begin their journey towards another EuroLeague championship on November 7 against Uni Györ.
Kristi Toliver —Dynamo Moscow— Russia
In back-to-back games against UMMC Ekaterinburg, one in PBL action and one in the SuperCup, Toliver shined with performances of 10 and 21 points, respectively. Dynamo’s next PBL game is on November 4 and their quest for a second consecutive EuroCup Championship starts on November 6 against Olimpia Grodno.