Follow the Sparks Abroad
All stats are courtesy of either Eurobasket.com or FIBAEurope.com, and we’ve also included links to players’ Twitter feeds so that you can follow their overseas adventures directly.-- March 4, 2012 --
"Sunshine" is back for her second season with USK Prague, which she helped lead to the Czech League title a year ago. USK has also reached the knockout stage of EuroLeague.
Latest Performance: Milton-Jones led the way with a dominating performance of 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) and 11 boards as USK improved to a perfect 30-0 with a 99-74 victory over second-place Frisco Sika on March 3 (box score). Milton-Jones is tied for the league in scoring at 19.7 ppg.
On Nov. 19, Hoffman signed on with Turkish club Besiktas, her second tour of duty in Istanbul after previously playing with Fenerbahce for two seasons.
Latest Performance: Hoffman scored 16 points and added a team-high 10 rebounds as Besiktas scored a 73-67 overtime win over Optimum TED for its fifth straight win (box score).
In early February Beard signed a contract to play in Israel with Elitzur Ramla, and just days later signed as a free agent to join the Sparks for 2012.
Latest Performance: Beard tasted defeat for the first time in her four games with the club as it suffered a 64-54 home loss to B.C. Habikaa on Feb. 27. Beard had nine points and six boards in 34 minutes of action (box score).
Returning for her third season with Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg, Parker’s squad hopes to repeat as domestic champion in 2011-12 and capture the EuroLeague title, which it fell just short of last year.
Latest Performance:Parker enjoyed a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds as UMMC remained in second place of the Russian League by drubbing Chevakata 88-53 on March 4 (box score). Her 8.2 rebounds per game rank second in the league.
This off-season, Anosike took her talents to the Far East to suit up for Beijing Great Wall and led her squad to the Chinese WBCA title.
Latest Performance: on Feb. 23, Anosike led the way with 24 points and 16 rebounds as Beijing defeated Zhejiang 89-84 on the road to complete a four-game sweep in the WBCA Finals (story). On the season, Anosike led Beijing with averages of 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, the latter ranking her ninth in the WBCA.
Toliver recently joined Dynamo Moscow, her first stint in Russia’s top-flight Superleague after playing in Turkey and Israel in previous seasons. With Dynamo, she’ll compete domestically as well as across the continent in the EuroCup, and play alongside former Maryland teammate Crystal Langhorne.
Latest Performance: Toliver had a rare off-day, scoring just two points on one-of-four shooting as Dynamo fell to Nadezhda 71-64 on March 4. (box score). She remains the Russian League's second-leading scorer at 18.4 points per game, trailing only her teammate Crystal Langhorne at 23.1.
Just two days after being traded to the Sparks on Feb. 1, Coleman hopped a flight to France where she joined Lyon, in an attempt to help the club avoid relegation to the second division.
Latest Performance: Coleman contributed nine points to Lyon's 75-74 upset of fourth-place Mondeville at home on March 3 (box score).
Zoll is in her second season with Poland's CCC Polkowice, where she is a teammate of Sparks center Jantel Lavender. Last year she led the Polish League in assists, and in 2011-12 she has helped lead Polkowice into the knockout stage of the prestigious EuroLeague.
Latest Performance: Zoll tallied 11 points in the Polish Cup Semifinals vs. Wisla Can-Pack, but it in a 70-63 losing effort to Wisla Can-Pack on March 2 (story). Zoll leads the Polish League at 6.0 assists per game.
On the heels of a successful first season with the Sparks - in which she was one of only three WNBA rookies to record multiple double-doubles - Jantel Lavender has taken her game nearly 6,000 miles east of Los Angeles to play for CCC Polkowice, one of the top Polish clubs which also competes in the EuroLeague. Read Lavender's blog from Poland.
Latest Performance: Lavender's stats from the aforementioned Polish Cup Semifinal are unavailable.
O’Hea has returned to her native Australia and is in her second stint with the Dandenong Rangers in Melbourne. She first suited up for the club from 2005-07, and will be gunning for both a WNBL title and her third consecutive selection to the league's "All-Star Five" team. Click here for O'Hea's Guide to Melbourne.
Latest Performance:Behind a game-high 28 points from O'Hea - to go along with nine boards - Dandedong earned a place in the WBCL Finals with a 91-78 road win over Adelaide on March 3. That sets up a meeting with O'Hea's former team, the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers, on March 11. (box score).
2011-12 Sparks Abroad Inreractive Map