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Background

2008: In games played before the Olympic Break averaging 1.4 ppg and 1.3 rpg in seven games after struggling with a fractured toe.

2006: Averaged 4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 0.4 apg in 26 games played... got her only double-double of the season while scoring a season-high 20 points and grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds at Charlotte on May 23.

2003: Averaged 5.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 0.4 apg while playing in only five games... surpassed career highs in points during pre-season opener against San Antonio with 16... she is among the Top 20 rebounders in WNBA history... she ranks No. 6 in the WNBA all time field goal percentage (.510)... she had an impressive game, setting season highs in field goals (10) and assists (4) in 29 minutes to give her 1 points, along with four blocks, four assists and one steal against Detroit on June 11... had a career high two blocks and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes against Phoenix on August 13.

2002 Playoffs: In 16 minutes versus the Storm, Byears scored eight points, pulled down one offensive rebound, served up one assist and grabbed three steals (8/15/02)… In 11 minutes off of the bench for the Sparks’ Byears scored four points along with one rebound (8/17/02)… In 17 minutes of action for the Sparks’, Byears scored eight points and added four rebounds and one steal (8/22/02)… In 19 minutes of action against Utah, Byears scored six points and tallied one offensive rebound, three assists and two steals (8/24/02)… In 34 minutes of action against the Liberty, Byears scored six points, pulled down game-high 11 rebounds, and added three steals (8/29/02)… In 31 minutes of action against the New York Liberty, Byears scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, grabbed one assist and had one blocked shot (8/31/02)

2002: Missed the first game of the year due to suspension (5/25/02)…Scored one point, but pulled down seven rebounds, and dished out one assist against the Comets (5/27/02)… Tallied 10 points, shooting 0.714 (5-7) from the floor while contributing four rebounds in the Sparks’ victory against the Sol (5/30/02)… Contributed 15 points and eight rebounds against Sting (6/1/02)… Hustled for 25 minutes, finishing with six defensive rebounds while scoring four points (6/3/02)…Saw 24 minutes of action versus Minnesota and pitched in ten points and seven rebounds (6/8/02)… Had an impressive game, setting season highs in field goals (10) and assists (4) in 29 minutes to give her 12 points, along with four rebounds, four assists and one steal against Detroit (6/11/02)… Scored four points, and added two rebounds in 15 minutes of play in Sacramento (6/15/02)… Played a season-high 30 minutes against the Storm, and offered 10 points, seven rebounds and one steal (6/18/02)… In 22 minutes of action, scored 12 points and added seven rebounds and one steal versus Minnesota (6/21/02)… Scored 12 points, and shot (6-8) from the line, to match her career high in free throws (6/25/02)… Grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes of play against the Washington Mystics (6/27/02)… Provided 20 minutes of relief against Phoenix, and contributed 12 points, six rebounds and one steal (6/28/02)…Only scored three points in 22 minutes, but did not hold back from setting her season high in rebounds (11) against Houston (6/30/02)… Played a total of 16 minutes in the Sparks’ victory over Sacramento, scoring six points and adding three rebounds, and two steals (7/5/02)… Went four of six from the field, and scored 10 points in 20 minutes against Utah (7/7/02)…Was limited to three points in 19 minutes against the Storm (7/11/02)…Did not play against Portland and Indiana while serving a suspension… Did not play while nursing fractured right knee (7/18/02)… Did not dress – Stress Fracture Right Knee (7/20/02)…Grabbed nine rebounds and added one assist and a steal versus the Fire (7/24/02)…Hit four of six from the field for nine points and seven rebounds against the Fever (7/28/02)… In 17 minutes off of the bench, scored 12 points and tallied five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot (7/30/02)… Shot perfect from the free throw line to total eight points in 32 minutes for the Sparks’. She also tallied eight rebounds, and one steal (8/3/02)… Contributed six points and added one rebound versus the Comets (8/8/02)… Scored three points off the bench and hustled for 11 minutes at Utah (8/9/02)… Added six points, and five rebounds in 18 minutes against Minnesota. (8/11/02)…Set her career high with two blocks, and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes versus Phoenix (8/13/02).

2001 Playoffs: In two games of the 2001 Western Conference playoffs, averaged 17 minutes, 5.5 rebounds, one steal and five points against the Houston Comets ... During the Western Conference Finals, averaged 15 minutes, 4.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.33 steals, 0.67 blocks and six points per game ... In the two game sweep over the Charlotte Sting during the WNBA Finals, averaged, 11.5 minutes, 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, one block and 8.5 points per game ... Along with fellow teammates, became 2001 WNBA Champion.

2001: Offered 12 points with .714 shooting from the field and 1.000 from the line against the Fire (8/14)... Four points and three rebounds in 12 minutes against the Starzz (8/13)...Tied career high and set a new Sparks season high in rebounds, also nine points by shooting .500 (4-8) from the field against the Comets (8/11)...Six points by shooting .666 (2-3) from the field and 2-for-2 from the line against Mercury (8/8)...Shot .600 (3-5) from the field to contribute six points and one rebound against the Fever (8/6)...Scored 10 points off the bench, by shooting .800 (4-5) from the field and also grabbing five rebounds vs. Seattle (8/4)...Was one of four Sparks in double digits, bringing 10 points off the bench vs. Sacramento (8/2)...Provided five points and five rebounds vs. Minnesota (7/30)...Came off the bench to score eight points and tied career high in assists with six at Portland (7/28)...Made first start at the center position, to tie in points with Milton and Figgs for 15 points, while also grabbing a career-second best and season-high 16 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive vs. former team, the Monarchs (7/25)...One of six Sparks players in double digits with 12 points, six rebounds vs. Seattle (7/ 21)...Shot .875 (7-8) from the field, yielding 14 points vs. Sacramento (7/19)...Grabbed 10 rebounds, (eight defensive) against the Mystics (7/14)...Offered nine points and tied season-high in assists (2), as well as, tying her career-high in blocked shots (3) against the Mercury (7/11)...Tied season-highs in assists (2) and steals (3), offering seven points at Utah (7/10)...Tied season-high in minutes and field goal attempts vs. the Lynx (7/8)...Played 19 minutes, adding four points, five rebounds against Phoenix (7/7)...Set season-high in points at 17 and tied season-highs in field goals made (8) and attempted (12) vs. Utah (July 3)...Played a season-high 33 minutes and set season-high in rebounds with a total of 11 against Miami (7/1)...Made 5th start of the season, shooting .857 (6-7) from the field against the Shock (6/26)...Tied season-high in three-point field goals made, banking one against the Liberty (6/ 24) ... Landed 4-of-4 from the field, while pulling four rebounds and sending one assist against Cleveland (6/22)...Tied free throws for the season with four vs. the Comets (6/21)...Played 12 minutes and offered three points and three rebounds against Charlotte (6/19)... Scored eight points and seven rebounds against the Fire (6/17)...Scored 13 points and eight rebounds vs. the Storm (6/16)...Tied season-high three steals against the Miracle (6/14)...Played 17 minutes posting two points against the Lynx (6/9)...Tallied nine points in 27 minutes versus Cleveland (6/5)...Played 12 minutes scoring six points against Charlotte (6/2) ... Scored a game-high 16 points, 8-of-9 from the field and was second in Sparks scoring vs. Orlando (6/1) ... Posted first double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 10 rebounds and 15 points in season opener vs. Houston (5/28)...Averaged eight points, five rebounds and two steals in three preseason games.

2000 Playoffs: Averaged five minutes per game and one rebound per game for the Sacramento Monarchs in their series against Houston. 2000 Regular Season: During her time with the Monarchs she averaged 5.7 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game, 0.94 steals per game and 16.3 minutes per game playing in all 32 games ... Ranked second on the team in field goal percentage ... Recorded 10-plus points seven times ... Led the team in scoring once, rebounding three times and assists once ... Tallied a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds vs. Seattle in the season opener (5/31/00). 1999 Post Season: Started and tallied one point, a team high 10 rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes at Los Angeles in the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs (8/24/99). 1999 Regular Season: Averaged 9.2 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 1.0 assist per game, 1.13 steals per game, 0.19 blocks per game and 22 minutes per game in starting all 32 games played ... Ranked fourth in the WNBA in field goal percentage ... Scored in double figures 15 times ... Grabbed a season high 10 rebounds twice vs. Houston (7/8/99) and at Cleveland (7/16/99) ... Recorded one double-double (18th in career) with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Cleveland (7/16/99) ... Led the team in rebounding twice and scoring once (6/10/99). 1998 Regular Season: Led the Monarchs in scoring with 14.2 points per game along with a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game, one assist per game, 1.43 steals per game, 0.43 blocks per game and 27.6 minutes per game in 30 games played (started 26) ... Increased scoring average in second season by 5.5 points from the first season ... Ranked eighth in the WNBA in scoring, 11th in rebounding 16th in field goal percentage and tied for 18th in steals ... Scored in double figures 25 times with 20 or more points four times, including a career-high 28 points at Phoenix (7/20/98) ... Recorded six double-doubles. 1997 Regular Season: Led the Monarchs and ranked sixth in the league in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game ... Averaged 8.7 points per game (team high .459 field goal percentage), 1.7 assists per game, 1.39 steals per game and 23.4 minutes per game in 28 games played ... Posted a team-best 11 double-doubles ... Pulled down a then team –record 17 rebounds in back-to-back games (7/21/97 vs. Phoenix and 7/25/97 vs. Houston).

Additional Basketball Experience: Has played overseas in Turkey, Israel, Poland, Russia, Spain and Bulgaria for CSKA Sofia.

College: Enjoyed stellar senior season in 1995-96, averaging 22.8 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game for DePaul ... Named First-Team AP All America in 1995-96 and Second-Team All-America in 1994-95 ... ranked eighth in scoring and 14th in rebounding in the nation as a senior and named First-Team All-Conference USA after leading conference in scoring and rebounding ... Eighth leading scorer in DePaul history with 1.256 points ... Shot 56% from the field over collegiate career ... Scored career-high 38 points against Notre Dame (1/16/95) ... Played two seasons at NE Oklahoma A&M Junior College (1992-94) ... Named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball All-Century Team.


Personal

  • Full name is Latasha Nashay Byears
  • Grandmother gave her the nickname “Tot”
  • Credits high school coach Cecil Dowell for her development, because “He stayed on me, he was a big inspiration for me.”
  • Graduated from DePaul with a degree in physical education
  • Would like to go into the restaurant/nightclub business when playing days are over
  • Lists defining moment as visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King Museum in Memphis
  • Enjoys volleyball, bowling and tennis in her spare time
  • Favorite movie “The Color Purple”

  • Career Transactions

    Signed as a developmental player and assigned to Sacramento on May 27, 1997... Acquired by the Los Angeles Sparks from the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for La’Keshia Frett in November 2000... Picked up after being out for two years by the Washington Mystics... First signed by Houston on March 5, 2007.

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