By Associated Press - Monday, February 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed guard-forward Alana Beard, the reigning WNBA defensive player of the year.

The 13-year veteran has career averages of 11.6 points and 1.7 steals. She joined the Sparks in 2012 and was a starter on the club’s 2016 WNBA championship team.

Beard is a four-time All-Star and has been named to the league’s All-Defensive Team nine times.



She was drafted second overall by Washington in 2004 after playing at Duke.

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