Sparks Sign Kristi Toliver To Multi-Year Contract

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have signed guard Kristi Toliver to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Sparks Executive Vice President and general manager Penny Toler. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased with Kristi’s continued growth over the past few seasons in Los Angeles,” said Toler. “She is committed and dedicated to improving both herself and the team. Kristi is a core piece of the puzzle that we need to lead us to our next WNBA Championship.”

In three seasons with Los Angeles, Toliver has appeared in 100 games (54 starts) and registered averages of 12.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game. She earned the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year award after pacing the Sparks with team and career-highs in points (17.5 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), rebounds (3.2 rpg), and minutes (31.5 mpg) in 34 games (33 starts) last season.

"I couldn't be more fired up and humbled to remain with the Sparks for seasons to come,” said Toliver. “Los Angeles is about winning championships and I am determined to help bring another one back to this city. There is an expectation that lives here, and I’m honored to be part of that commitment.”

Toliver also marked career-highs in steals per game (1.3 spg) and field goal percentage (.491) and finished the season ranked sixth in the league in scoring, fourth in assists and second in free-throw percentage (.901). In addition to being named Most Improved Player of the Year, Toliver was named to the 2012 All-WNBA Second Team.

Originally selected by the Chicago Sky in the 2009 WNBA Draft, she has improved in total points and steals every year since being in the league. Last season, she helped the Sparks to a 24 -10 record and a return to the WNBA Playoffs after missing the 2011 postseason. In six postseason contests with the Sparks, she has recorded averages of 16.0 points, 2.5 assists and 30.3 minutes per game.

Sparks individual tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 15 and start at $15. Season and group ticket plans, in all lower-bowl sections of STAPLES Center, are available now by calling 877-44-SPARKS (772757) or visiting LASparks.com.

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