LOS ANGELES, CA – February 1, 2018 – Penny Toler, Los Angeles Sparks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, today announced the signing Ana Dabovic and Karlie Samuelson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It will be nice having Ana back on the team,” said Penny Toler, General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Sparks. “Her experience, hard work, and knowledge of the team will be a plus for our 2018 team.”
Dabovic is a 6-foot-0 guard and was part of the 2016 Los Angeles Sparks Championship team as well as a member of Serbia 2016 Olympic team where she won the bronze medal. She has a career average 6.0 PPG in her two years with the Sparks and is currently playing in Turkey for Fenerbahce, averaging 11.1 PPG, 2.4 APG and 1.9 SPG.
Additionally, the Sparks have re-signed Karlie Samuelson to a training camp contract, who had attended the Sparks training camp in 2017 but due to injury was unable to continue. The 6- foot-0 guard played for the Stanford Cardinals before joining the WNBA and played the offseason in Italy for Vigarano averaging 14.8 PPG and 4.9 RPG.
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 18 of their 22 seasons. Led by an ownership group directed by 5- time NBA Champion Magic Johnson and Mark Walter, the Sparks are dedicated to ensuring that each home game at Staples Center encapsulates a championship entertainment experience, while also showcasing the best global female athletes on the court. The team plays their regular season from May through September. Please visit LASPARKS.com or call 1-844 GO SPARKS to Purchase 2018 Season Tickets Today!