Los Angeles, CA – May 17, 2018 – The Los Angeles Sparks finalized its roster today as it prepares to open its 22nd season at the Target Center in a 2017 Finals rematch against the defending WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, on Sunday, May 20th.
Nine members of the 2017 team made the final roster, including Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Chelsea Gray, Alana Beard, Essence Carson, Odyssey Sims, Jantel Lavender, Riquna Williams and last year’s first round draft pick, Sydney Wiese. The 2017 team finished the season 26-8 and will look to make another deep run in this year’s playoffs in their quest for the franchise’s fourth title.
New faces to the team include Cappie Pondexter and 2018 first round draft pick, Russian center Maria Vadeeva. Pondexter, a california native, returns home with two WNBA championship rings and 12 years of professional experience to her name. Vadeeva, alongside her Sparks teammate Ogwumike, led the Dynamo Kursk to an undefeated EuroLeague title, and is fresh off of a deep run in this year’s tournament.
The Sparks will tip-off the 2018 season at the Target Center on May 20th vs. the defending WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx before heading back to LA for their season home opener at Staples Center on May 27th vs. the Phoenix Mercury. Please visit LASPARKS.com or call 1-844-GO-SPARKS to Purchase 2018 Season Tickets Today!
Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Western Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016). The Sparks remain one of two active teams in the league to have won back-to-back titles, and have qualified for the playoffs in 17 of their 21 seasons. Led by an ownership group directed by 5-time NBA Champion Magic Johnson and Mark Walter, the Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Staples Center encapsulates a championship entertainment experience, while also showcasing the best global female athletes on the court. The Sparks will tip-off the 2018 season at the Target Center on May 20th vs. the defending WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx before heading back to LA for their first home game at Staples Center on May 27th vs. Phoenix Mercury. Please visit LASPARKS.com or call 1-844-GO-SPARKS to Purchase 2018 SeasonTickets Today!