Free agents Brown, Tillis join depleted Sparks

Updated: June 14, 2007, 1:14 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks signed two free agents, guard Kiesha Brown and center Iciss Tillis Wednesday to replace the retired Chamique Holdsclaw.

Brown played three games with Minnesota before being waived May 25. A five-year veteran out of Georgia, Brown also played in Washington, Houston and New York.

The 6-foot-5 Tillis played last year for New York, where she averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 games.

"I think we picked up two pretty solid players," Sparks coach Michael Cooper said. "Kiesha Brown knows and understands the league, and Iciss Tillis is another long body that we definitely could use to replace some rebounds that Chamique used to get."

Brown and Tillis played their first games on Wednesday night in Sparks' 74-71 victory over the Houston Comets. Brown had nine points and three assists in 16 minutes. Tillis was scoreless in three minutes.

Holdsclaw retired Monday after seven seasons in the WNBA and five games with the Sparks this year.

"It was definitely a surprise," said forward Muriel Page, Holdsclaw's closest friend on the team. "She was excited about getting the opportunity to play for 'Coop.' Even after our game against Minnesota [Friday night], she was still excited.

"Two days later, she's like, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to play anymore. I just kind of want to do other things,"' Page said.

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