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Jantel Lavender

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2014 (Los Angeles): Started 27 of 34 games played...Averaged 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.3 minutes per game...Finished ninth in league in field goal percentage (.527)...In 33 minutes at Phoenix (8/16) in regular season finale, scored game-high 22 points, pulled down nine rebounds and added two assists and one block...Scored team and season-high 23 points (including her first career three-pointer) and added four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes versus Washington (7/17)...Posted fourth double-double of season with team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds while adding three assists, one steal and one block in team-high 35 minutes at Minnesota (7/8)...In 33 minutes at Tulsa (6/28), posted a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds (season-high six offensive) while adding a block...Posted her second consecutive double-double this season with 14 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds while adding four assists and a block in 37 minutes versus San Antonio (6/22)...In her fourth start of 2014, posted her first double-double of 2014 with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with two assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes... In her second consecutive start, played 24 minutes, scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds while posting career-highs of five assists and three steals at Chicago (6/6)...In her second start of the season at Atlanta (6/3), scored a then season-high 21 points (10-of-15 shooting) and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes. In the playoffs: Started both games played...Averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.4 minutes per game...Set playoff career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, one steal and 28 minutes at Phoenix (8/22)...Matched playoff career-high with two assists at Phoenix (8/22).

2013 (Los Angeles): Played in all 34 games and started three...Averaged career-high 7.2 points, career-high 4.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in career-high 16.8 minutes per game...Also set career-highs in field goal percentage (.507), free throw percentage (.865), steals (0.6) and blocks per game (0.6)...Ranked third on team in rebounds per game and blocks per game and second in field goal percentage...During six-game win streak from August 4 through August 16, scored in double-figures in each contest, including back-to-back 18-point games at Indiana on August 8 and at New York on August 10...In second start of season at Washington on August 4, posted first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds...Blocked career-high three shots and added 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting in July 4 win versus New York...Played in all three postseason games...Averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game...Tied playoff career-highs with seven points on 3-of-4 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line versus Phoenix on September 19.

2012 (Los Angeles): Played 34 games, starting one contest…Averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists…Scored a season-high 16 points vs. Washington on June 18…Established a new career-high in defensive rebounds (9) and a season-high 11 total rebounds vs. San Antonio on June 16…Played all four postseason games…Averaged 1.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.0 minutes …Set playoff highs in points (7), rebounds (5) and assists (2) in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals at San Antonio.

2011 (Los Angeles): Averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds during her rookie campaign, registering 11 double-digit scoring efforts and making three starts…Pair of double-doubles, 25 points and 10 rebounds at Phoenix on Aug. 12 and 19 points, 12 boards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 9…Second-most double-dips among all WNBA rookies…Nearly tallied a third with 21 points, nine boards during July 9 game at Seattle…Shot an even .500 on the season, second-highest field goal percentage on the team…Selected in the first round, fifth overall of the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Sparks.

College: Lavender attended Ohio State where she was the only player, male or female, to be selected Big Ten Conference Player of the Year four straight seasons (2007-08 through 2010-11)…Scored in double-figures in each of her 136 games as a Buckeye, an NCAA record…Schools all-time career scoring leader (2,818 points), while 1,422 rebounds are a Big Ten record…Holds OSU’s record for most consecutive starts (136), which she obtained while leading the Buckeyes to three consecutive Big Ten tournament championships…Four-year career averages of 20.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game…Led Buckeyes to four straight NCAA Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 her final two years…As a senior in 2010-2011, was Named WBCA/State Farm and USBWA All-America for the third consecutive year ...Associated Press First Team All-America for the second straight season…In 2009-2010, Lavender was named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding player for the second year in a row…First-ever Buckeye to eclipse 2,000 points as a junior…In 2007-2008, became the first Big Ten freshman – male or female – to win Player of the Year honors while averaging 17.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg and shot 51% from the field.


Born Nov. 12, 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio ... Parents are Freddie and Robin Lavender…Has one brother, Freddie, and a twin sister, Jazmine...Brother played college football and basketball.

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Selected in the first round, fifth overall, by the Sparks in the 2011 WNBA Draft.