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Sandrine Gruda #7 Forward/Center

Sandrine Gruda

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2014 WNBA Season: Played in all 34 games...Averaged 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 12.0 minutes per game...Tallied three points, a season-high 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying two assists and one steal in 23 minutes at Phoenix (8/16) in regular season finale...Scored eight points (all in third quarter) on 4-of-4 shooting and added four rebounds and one assist in nine minutes versus Connecticut (8/3)...Scored season-high 12 points (5-of-6 shooting) and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes at Connecticut (7/13)...Scored six points (4-of-4 from free throw line) and pulled down five rebounds over 21 minutes in Sparks debut, a May 16 win at Seattle. In the playoffs: Played in two games...Averaged 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 22.1 minutes per game...Set playoff career-highs with two assists, three blocks and 25 minutes at Phoenix (8/22)...Set playoff career-highs with six points, five rebounds and one steal versus Phoenix (8/24).

2009 WNBA Season: Missed first eight games of the season while leading France to the European Women Basketball Tournament championship in Latvia...Started 25 of 26 games…Led the Sun in rebounding (6.3 per game)…Was second on the Sun in scoring average (13.5 ppg)…Reached double figures in 20 games…Scored more than 20 points five times…Had 10 or more rebounds four times…Had two double-doubles…Set career marks for points (24) and rebounds (12) against New York (8/21)…Led the Sun in offensive rebounds (66) and blocks (41)…Was second on the team in made field goals (151)…Shot .467 from the field (151 of 323).

2008 WNBA Season: Rookie forward/center appeared in 31 games with one start…Had six double-figure games…Scored a career-high 16 points in 18 minutes at Los Angeles (7/24)…Had her first double-double at Chicago (7/18), finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds…Tied for the team lead in blocked shots (26)…Was fifth on the team in total rebounds (110) and made field goals (79), sixth in scoring average (6.2).
In The Playoffs: Saw limited action in three games against New York…Played a season-high 12:36 in Game 2…Had four points and three rebounds in Game 2.

Other Professional Experience: Honored as the FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year in 2010…Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds while leading France to the gold medal at the 2009 European Women Basketball Tournament in Latvia…Has played professionally in Europe since 2002...Is the starting center for the French National Team...Returned to FIBA Euroleague power UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia for the third straight year during the 2009/10 offseason, averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds…She averaged 14 points and five rebounds through 16 games during the 2008/09 season, and 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 2007/08...Spent the previous two seasons playing with US Valenciennes Olympic in France...Averaged 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds during first 12 games of the year...Named the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year...Selected to the 2007 FIBA Euroleague All-Star Game in Valencia, Spain, where she had 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 24 minutes... Named best French player and best rookie of the French Championship in 2006...Played with Pôle France (INSEP) from 2003-05…Won a bronze medal in the 2005 U18 European Championship, where she averaged 20.6 points and 8.1 rebounds…Was also named to the All-Star Five during the U18 European Championship…Also participated in the 2004 U18 European Championship, where she was named to the all-tournament team…Played with Federal Centre of Toulouse during the 2002/03 season…First basketball clubs were Golden Lion Basket and Pôle Espoirs in Martinique.

Personal

Born in Cannes, France....Is the daughter of Ulysse Gruda, a former center for France who was a National Team selection seven times.

Career Transactions

Acquired by the Los Angeles Sparks from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for the Sparks 2014 first-round draft pick and 2015 second-round draft pick on March 31, 2014...Selected by the Sun in the first round (13th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft.