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Sparks re-sign Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

The Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt drives against Las Vegas’ Dearica Hamby during a game last season.
The Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt drives against Las Vegas’ Dearica Hamby during a game last season.
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The Sparks re-signed wing Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who started 33 of the team’s 34 games last season and became one of their top defenders.

The 5-foot-11 guard-forward played her first six seasons with the Washington Mystics before she signed with the Sparks last summer. Ruffin-Pratt played a career-high 25.2 minutes per game and averaged 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

“Tierra Ruffin-Pratt joined our organization last year and immediately established an identity for herself as a tough defender and a great teammate,” said Eric Holoman, the Sparks’ managing partner. “We’re happy she’ll be continuing her career here in Los Angeles.”

The re-signing of Ruffin-Pratt comes a day after the Sparks brought back former All-Star guard Kristi Toliver, who helped the club win the 2016 WNBA title and was part of the Washington Mystics’ championship run last year.

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The Sparks also on Monday traded center Kalani Brown, their 2019 first-round draft pick, to Atlanta to acquire guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.


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