2009 Los Angeles Sparks season

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2009 Los Angeles Sparks season
Coach Michael Cooper
Arena STAPLES Center
Attendance 10,387 per game
Record 18–16 (.529)
Place 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost Conference Finals
Team Leaders
Points Leslie (15.4)
Rebounds Parker (9.8)
Assists Quinn (3.5)
Television Fox Sports West

The 2009 Los Angeles Sparks season is the 13th season for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. Lisa Leslie announced that the 2009 season would be her last.[1] On June 5, the Sparks and Farmers Insurance Group of Companies announced a multi-year marketing partnership that includes a branded jersey sponsorship. The Farmers Insurance branded jersey will be worn by the players for the first time on June 6. As part of this alliance, the Farmers Insurance name and logo will appear on the front of the Sparks jerseys and will have considerable visibility in the Staples Center during home games. Los Angeles became only the second WNBA team to finalize such an agreement.[2] The Sparks attempted to reach the playoffs and were successful.


  • On May 13, Sparks star Candace Parker gave birth to a baby girl. It is the first child for the WNBA’s reigning MVP and rookie of the year and husband Shelden Williams of the Boston Celtics. Goodwin Sports Management announced the baby girl was born in Los Angeles. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.[3]

Dispersal Draft[edit]

Based on the Sparks' 2008 record, they would pick 9th in the Houston Comets dispersal draft. The Sparks waived their pick. [4]

WNBA Draft[edit]

The following are the Sparks' selections in the 2009 WNBA Draft.



  • June 5: The Sparks waived Jessica Moore.
  • June 4: The Sparks waived Ashley Paris and Marta Fernandez.
  • May 18: The Sparks waived Britney Jordan.
  • May 7: The Sparks signed Kristi Harrower to a training camp contract.
  • May 5: The Sparks then traded the pick from the Liberty and Rafaella Masciadri to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Noelle Quinn.
  • May 5: The Sparks traded Sidney Spencer to the New York Liberty in exchange for a first round 2010 WNBA Draft pick.
  • April 14: The Sparks signed Betty Lennox.
  • April 14: The Sparks waived Murriel Page.
  • March 26: The Sparks traded Temeka Johnson to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for a first-round 2010 WNBA Draft pick.
  • March 25: The Sparks signed Marta Fernandez.
  • March 12: The Sparks signed Tina Thompson.
  • January 30: The Sparks traded Christi Thomas to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Vanessa Hayden-Johnson.
  • December 17, 2008: The Sparks traded the rights to Chamique Holdsclaw to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for the 13th pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
  • April 21, 2008: The Sparks traded their first-round draft pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft to the Washington Mystics as part of the Taj McWilliams-Franklin/Delisha Milton-Jones transaction.


Free agents[edit]


Los Angeles Sparks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
PG 6 United States Bobbitt, Shannon 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) 130 lb (59 kg) Tennessee
SG 24 United States Ferdinand-Harris, Marie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 153 lb (69 kg) LSU
PG 10 Australia Harrower, Kristi 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) 139 lb (63 kg) Australia
C 55 United States Hayden, Vanessa 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Florida
SG 22 United States Lennox, Betty 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 143 lb (65 kg) Louisiana Tech
C 9 United States Leslie, Lisa 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Southern California
SF 8 United States Milton-Jones, DeLisha 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Florida
F 3 United States Parker, Candace 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Tennessee
F 15 United States Pringle, LaToya 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 162 lb (73 kg) North Carolina
PG 45 United States Quinn, Noelle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) UCLA
F 32 United States Thompson, Tina 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Southern California
F 14 United States Wisdom-Hylton, Lindsay 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Purdue
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach
  • United States Bruce Deziel

  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Phoenix Mercury x 23 11 .676 12–5 11–6 13–7
Seattle Storm x 20 14 .588 3.0 13–4 7–10 13–7
Los Angeles Sparks x 18 16 .529 5.0 11–6 7–10 11–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x 15 19 .441 8.0 10–7 5–12 10–10
Minnesota Lynx o 14 20 .412 9.0 9–8 5–12 7–13
Sacramento Monarchs o 12 22 .353 11.0 7–10 5–12 6–14



2009 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2009 Game Log: Regular Season
Watch all games live on WNBA LiveAccess


2009 Game Log: Postseason

Regular Season Statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Player Statistics[edit]

Team Statistics[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


External links[edit]