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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.
Nneka Ogwumike— Guangdong Dolphins —China
Ogwumike’s season ended in China on February 13 with a 83-67 loss against Brittney Griner and the Zhejiang Far East in the second round of the WCBA Quarter Finals. Despite the loss, Ogwumike contributed 11 points, 5 rebounds and went 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. She wrapped up the 2013 season averaging a team-high 27.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 23 games. To view stats from the 2013 Dolphins season, click here.
Candace Parker — UMMC Ekaterinburg — Russia
Parker and UMMC head into the month of March atop the PBL and EuroLeague standings. Following an impressive 5-1 run in February, Parker continues to lead the reigning champs toward its quest for another title. April allowed the star to reunite with Sparks teammates Kristi Toliver and Farhiya Abdi, two meetings in which Parker’s team delivered victories over her overseas rivals. Through 12 games in Russian League play, she leads Ekaterinburg in rebounds (9.3 rpg) and blocked shots (0.8 bpg) and is second on the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) through 12 games. In EuroLeague play, she leads the team in points (15.3 ppg), rebounds (9.2 rpg), blocks (1.2 bpg) and is second on the team in steals (1.3 spg) through 10 games played.
Kristi Toliver —Dynamo Moscow— Russia
The Dynamo played three PBL games (2-1) and two EuroCup games (2-0) in February, with one final Euro game scheduled for February 27 to wrap up the month. Toliver played in two of the team’s five games and heads into March averaging 11.3 points, 2.9 assists and a team-high 2.1 steals through 15 PBL games. The Dynamo posted a 2-1 Russian League record for the month and dominated in EuroCup play, celebrating two impressive wins over Adona Botas. The first win came during the first leg of the quarterfinals on February 6, with a 72-64 victory over Bota. The two teams met again on Feb. 12, when the Dynamo claimed the EuroCup Semifinal ticket with a 79-53 win to head to the next round on Feb. 27.
Marissa Coleman – KB Stars – Korea
Through 30 games in the WKBL, Coleman’s KB Stars sit third in League standings with a 16-14 record. The Sparks veteran has played in all 30 games with the Stars, averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and shooting 53% (62-of-117) from the field. Despite a 71-64 loss to Winnus on February 9, Coleman had her best game of the month adding 16 points (second-best scoring outing this season) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. The KB Stars next game is March 1st in another contest vs. Winnus.
Jantel Lavender — Wisla Can-Pack Kraków — Poland
Wisla sits first in the Polish League with a 21-2 record heading into the month of March. The team recorded only its second loss on February 22 with a 62-55 defeat to CCC Polkowice. The loss ended Wisla’s four-game win streak. In the loss, Lavender led her team with 15 points, 4 blocks and a game-high 11 rebounds. On February 26, Wisla cruised past Montpellier with a 72-48 win in the final regular season game in EuroLeague play. Lavender again led all rebounders with 17 boards and added 14 points to seal the win and Wisla’s third place standing in EuroLeague Group B standings. Wisla returns to Polish League play on March 1 against third-ranked Energa Torun. Lavender is putting up impressive numbers through 21 Polish League games played, averaging team-highs in points (17.1 ppg), total rebounds (9.8 rpg) and defensive rebounds (6.7 rpg) per contest and continues to rank atop the EuroLeague, leading all scorers with 20.4 points per game.
Farhiya Abdi/A’dia Mathies— Good Angels Kosice — Slovakia
The Good Angels sit atop the Middle European League (MEL) standings with an 18-2 record. The team recorded just its second loss of the season on February 1 with a 77-69 defeat to second-ranked MKB Euroleasing, putting a halt to its eight-game win streak. In the loss, Farhiya Abdi had five rebounds and two points. With one more regular season game scheduled in MEL play (March 6), the Good Angels head to the next round in EuroLeague play on March 11 after wrapping up the regular season with a tough loss to Bourges on February 26 (69-57). The Good Angels hold steady in fourth place with a 5-5 record in EuroLeague Group A. Abdi had her two best games of the season in February, posting back-to-back 20-point performances in EuroLeague games. On Feb. 5 vs. Sparks teammate Candace Parker and her Russian UMMC team, she had a game-high 22 points and a team-high 9 rebounds in the 83-55 loss. On Feb. 19, she again tallied double-digits with a game-high 21point performance to lead the Angels to a 71-67 OT win.
Jenna O’Hea — Dandenong Rangers — Australia
The Rangers have made it to the preliminary finals in the WNBL race and this Sunday will battle it out vs. Townsville to position to play Bendigo in the WNBL Grand Final on March 9. Sunday’s game vs. Townsville is crucial to advance, and Sparks guard Jenna O’Hea is a key factor in the game. The last time the two teams met in the regular season on Jan. 19, O’Hea led Dandenong to a 103-83 pounding over Townsville on a team-high 23 points and game-high 6 assists. The Sparks guard leads the Rangers in scoring this season, averaging 20.4 points per game. She had three 29-point scoring outings during the regular season and posted her best scoring night of the year on February 7 vs. Melbourne with a 32-point surge on 12-of-16 shooting from the field.