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The Sparks allowed an average of 81.2 points while allowing teams to shoot 44.2 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range, while getting outrebounded by 4.5 per game.

The Sparks opened last season 3-11, but regrouped in July and August to earn a playoff berth.

“If we started out last season like we finished, just think of what we could’ve accomplished,” Gillom said. “That’s why I put so much emphasis on developing that team chemistry right away. Our goal is to win a championship and it has to start at the beginning of the season.”