SPARKS SELECT A’DIA MATHIES WITH 10th PICK IN 2013 WNBA DRAFT

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks selected University of Kentucky guard A’dia Mathies with the 10th pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. 

The 5-9 guard helped led Kentucky to one of its most successful seasons in school history, having won a school record 30 games as a senior, finishing her career as the winningest class with 111 victories and advancing the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament a school-record four consecutive seasons.  She leaves Kentucky as the first Wildcats’ player (male or female) to post 1900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in a career, totaling 2014 points, 670 rebounds, 349 assists and 320 steals in four seasons.

“We are excited to add A’dia to our already talented backcourt,” said Sparks Executive Vice President and general manager Penny Toler. “She is an all-around talented player who can run, shoot and defend and will be a solid force off the bench for us. With our diverse and deep roster, A’dia will be able to come in and play her game while sill developing and learning from veteran guards Kristi (Toliver), Lindsey (Harding) and Alana (Beard).” 

The Kentucky standout also ranks atop the school’s leader board in career steals and sits second in career points.  She appeared in 140 games, averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals, while shooting .422 (207-487) from the field, .368 (177-481) and .700 (413 – 590) from the foul line.

“I am very thankful to the LA Sparks organization for brining me into the WNBA,” said Mathies.  “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and it’s exciting to have it come true in Los Angeles.  I am looking forward to starting a new life and basketball career with the Sparks and my new teammates.”

A two-time SEC Player of the Year, she became the first SEC player since LSU’s Seimone Augustus (’05-’06) to win back-to-back conference Player of the Year honors from coaches; voted Co-Player of the Year as a senior (along with Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons) and Player of the Year as a junior (coaches and AP).  

Mathies was also named All-SEC First Team as a junior and senior, SEC All-Defensive Team as a sophomore and junior, and All-SEC Second Team as a freshman and sophomore.  She became Kentucky’s first SEC Freshman of the Year and first All-American since Valerie Still in 1980, after averaging a team-high 32.0 minutes and second-best 13.6 points per game and starting all 36 games.

The Sparks will tip-off the 2013 WNBA season on Sunday, May 26 vs. the Seattle Storm at 5:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center. Individual tickets are on sale now 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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