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Los Angeles Sparks Acquire Kristine Anigwe From Dallas Wings

Sparks Acquire Kristine Anigwe from Dallas Wings

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks acquired center Kristine Anigwe and a 2021 third round pick from the Dallas Wings and sent back the 2021 second round pick LA received from the Wings in exchange for Marina Mabrey, the team announced today. Anigwe was drafted ninth overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2019 WNBA Draft after a decorated career at the University of California, Berkeley.

“We’re excited to add Kristine Anigwe to our organization,” Managing Partner Eric Holoman said. “She is a talented young player who showed tremendous leadership in college and who fits with the identity of our team.”

“Kristine Anigwe is a versatile, two-way post player who will provide additional athleticism and rebounding to our frontcourt rotation,” Head Coach Derek Fisher added. “She was an efficient and prolific scorer at the collegiate level, and our coaching staff is looking forward to working with her.”

In her rookie season, Anigwe appeared in 27 games for the Sun and Wings, averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in limited minutes. She was traded from Connecticut to Dallas prior to the 2019 playoffs for Theresa Plaisance.

“I’m really excited to join the Sparks organization,” Anigwe said. “I look forward to competing for a championship and filling any role asked of me. I can’t wait to play alongside teammates who have been role models throughout my basketball career.”

As a senior at Cal, Anigwe averaged 22.5 points and 16.2 rebounds per game, leading the nation in rebounding. She received the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award and led Cal to the NCAA tournament.

Prior to the 2019 season, the Sparks acquired two-time All-Star Chiney Ogwumike from the Sun in exchange for a 2019 first round pick. Connecticut used that pick to draft Anigwe, who now joins Ogwumike in Los Angeles.

The Sparks also acquire a 2021 third round pick from Dallas in the trade, and will send back the second round pick the Sparks acquired from Dallas in exchange for Marina Mabrey.

Wings Trade Anigwe, Waive Karlie Samuelson

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ARLINGTON, TX – The Dallas Wings have traded Kristine Anigwe and the team’s 2021 third round pick to the Los Angeles Sparks for a second-round pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft. The pick, originally owned by Dallas, was sent to the Sparks for Marina Mabrey on Feb. 21. Additionally, the Wings waived Karlie Samuelson.

Anigwe, the No. 9 pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, was originally selected by the Connecticut Sun and acquired by the Wings on August 6, 2019. She appeared in 27 games during her rookie season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Samuelson appeared in four games for the Wings last season, averaging 12 minutes a game. The California native last played for Perfumerías Avenida of the Spanish Liga Femenina de Baloncesto.

The Dallas Wings are entering its fifth season in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Playing games at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, the Wings have made the playoffs two of its four seasons in Dallas and look to push further during the 2020 season with Head Coach Brian Agler at the helm.