SPARKS SIGN FREE AGENT GUARD ARMINTIE HERRINGTON

LOS ANGELES –Los Angeles Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler today announced the team has signed free agent guard Armintie Herrington. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Armintie is a veteran guard with a winning mentality,” said Toler. “She will be a solid addition who will strengthen our defensive presence in the backcourt and enhance our transition game. She is one of the top defenders in the league and will make an immediate impact on our drive to the WNBA Championship.”

A seven-year veteran, Herrington has played with the Atlanta Dream (2009-2013) and Chicago Sky (2007-2009) since being drafted third overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Sky. The 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year, she was traded to Atlanta from Chicago near the end of the 2009 season. Upon joining Atlanta with 11 games remaining in the 2009 regular season, she helped guide the team to playoff appearances in each of her five seasons with the team, including three Eastern Conference Championships (2010, 2011, 2013).

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Sparks and my college coach (Carol Ross),” said Herrington. “While I am very grateful for my time in Atlanta, I hope to bring that extra ‘spark’ to Los Angeles and help take the Sparks to the WNBA Finals and win the WNBA Championship. I am looking forward to the Magic era and am ready to get to work.”

The 5-9 guard has played in all 34 regular season games in five of her seven WNBA seasons, including 34 starts as a rookie (Chicago). Last season, she was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team and is a two-time WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2011, 2012).

“I am so excited to get the opportunity to play with Armintie again,” said Sparks guard Lindsey Harding. “She will bring additional athleticism and defense to our team and we are lucky to have her in Los Angeles.”

Last season, she had a career-best 65 steals to rank fourth among league leaders in steals per game (2.3). Leading the Dream to the 2013 WNBA Finals, Herrington played in all eight playoff games and averaged 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals before falling to the eventual WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx.

Herrington played collegiate ball at Mississippi under current Sparks head coach Carol Ross. As a senior, she led the NCAA and SEC in steals (3.7 spg) and was the second leading scorer in the conference, averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game. She earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005 and 2007, becoming the first player in conference history to win the award twice.

Sparks 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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