Sparks sign veteran guard Yang Liwei from China
The Sparks have added veteran guard Yang Liwei to their roster, the team announced on Sunday. The terms of the signing were not disclosed.
Yang, 28, is ending a season with Inner Mongolia of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Assn. in which she averaged 13.5 points, 5.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 19 games. She shot a career-best 61.4% from the field, 40.4% from three-point range and 81.1% from the free-throw line.
The 5’4″ four-time All-Star recently helped China win the silver medal at the FIBA Women’s World Championship, averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds while shooting 46.5% from shots Field and 50% shot from deep.
“Liwei is an outstanding and respected international guard with big-game experience,” Sparks coach Curt Miller said in a statement released by the team. “She will bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the pitch. She is a great leader in the China national team and we look forward to her leadership influencing our dressing room.”
Sparks general manager Karen Bryant added, “She adds speed, athleticism and international experience to our current roster.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/sparks/story/2023-02-19/los-angeles-sparks-sign-chinese-guard-yang-liwei Sparks sign veteran guard Yang Liwei from China