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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.
Sandrine Gruda/Candace Parker -- UMMC Ekaterinburg -- Russia
UMMC wrapped up its EuroLeague slate in disappointing fashion as it fell to Galatsaray 77-70 and failed to reach the finals. Gruda and Parker led the way with eight rebounds apiece in the loss and scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. UMMC bounced back in the third-place game with an 80-60 win over Bourges, though, as Parker led the way with 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Gruda was the only other UMMC player in double figures with 16. Next up are the PBL Playoffs and a date with Kristi Toliver and Dynamo Moscow in the semifinals on April 16. UMMC previously knocked off Dynamo-GUVD in the quarterfinals as Gruda and Parker each hit double digits. The two have led the way in scoring in PBL play, with Gruda averaging 16.3 points and Parker 15.3.
Kristi Toliver -- Dynamo Moscow -- Russia
Toliver returned to the Dynamo Moscow lineup on March 31 in a win over Spartak V MR. The guard scored seven points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and added two steals in the 81-75 win to set up a clash with Sparks teammates Gruda and Parker and UMMC Ekaterinburg on April 16. UMMC swept Dynamo Moscow during the regular season as Toliver scored 13 and six points in the two contests.
Alana Beard -- Shinhan Bank S-Birds -- South Korea
Beard and the S-Birds concluded their season with a hard-fought championship series loss to Woori Hansae on March 29. Woori Hansae was crowned WKBL champions for a second consecutive year with a 67-66 victory to wrap up a four-game series with three decided by four points or less. Beard was productive off the bench in all four games, scoring 14 points in 15 minutes in Game 1, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds in 16 minutes in Game 2, scoring 11 points in 19 minutes in Game 3 and scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds in 19 minutes in the finale. Beard held averages of 9.2 points (.500 shooting), 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in just 14.4 minutes per game on the season.
Jantel Lavender -- Wisla Can-Pack Krakόw -- Poland
First-place Wisla (26-2) returned to BKL play after being ousted from EuroLeague playoff action on March 8, and Lavender and her teammates have not missed a beat. Lavender posted double-doubles in the final three contests of the Second Stage, including 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 45-43 victory over second-place CCC Polkowice (22-6). She went on to average 19 points per game in Wisla's semifinal sweep of Energa Torun and will move on to the finals, where they will once again square off with CCC Polkowice, beginning April 16. Wisla owns a 2-1 edge on the season, with Lavender averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in those contests.
Farhiya Abdi -- Good Angels Košice -- Slovakia
Good Angels dropped its EuroLeague finals series matchup with Bourges in four games. Over the course of EuroLeague action, Abdi averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23.2 minutes per game. She established highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in a February 5 loss to Gruda, Parker and UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Candice Wiggins -- Maccabi Ashdod -- Israel
Maccabi Ashdod is on the brink of a D1 title following two finals wins over top-seeded Elitzur Ramla. Wiggins was instrumental in the Game 2 victory as she scored 19 points (3-of-5 from distance), grabbed eight rebounds and added four assists. Next up is a possibly deciding Game 3 on April 17. A win would cap what has been a well-rounded international campaign for Wiggins, who holds averages of 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting .464 from the field and .921 from the free throw line in 29.3 minutes per game.