Sparks sign free agent Ebony Hoffman

Updated: February 2, 2011, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks have signed forward Ebony Hoffman to a free-agent contract, and guards Ticha Penicheiro and Noelle Quinn have re-signed with the WNBA team.

Also joining the Sparks for the upcoming season are guard Natasha Lacy and forward LaToya Pringle.

Hoffman returns to Los Angeles, where she played collegiately at Southern California, after playing the past seven seasons with the Indiana Fever. She averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 232 regular-season games.

Hoffman is playing this offseason with a team in China, averaging 26.3 points and 9.8 rebounds through 13 games.

Penicheiro, the WNBA's career leader in assists and steals, returns for her second season in Los Angeles. She averaged 6.3 assists last season, her 13th. She is currently playing in her native country of Portugal.

Quinn averaged a career-best 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds while starting all 34 games last season.

Lacy played 16 games as a rookie with the Tulsa Shock last season, while Pringle was on the Sparks' training camp roster last year after previously playing with Phoenix and Minnesota.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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