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Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Landon Buford

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Los Angeles Sparks Add Alina Iagupova

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LOS ANGELES – Sparks, Executive Vice President, and General Manager Penny Toler announced today the signing of Ukrainian guard Alina Iagupova.

Iagupova is currently playing for Cukurova Mersin (Turkey) alongside Chelsea Gray, where she’s averaging 18.2 points, 6.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 steals and shooting 63.8 percent from the field in Turkish league play.

“I’m excited to sign Alina Iagupova,” Toler said. “Alina has played at a high level overseas for several years and can contribute on both ends of the floor. I’m really happy she’s decided to bring her talents to the Sparks and the WNBA.”

Iagupova has also played well in international competition, averaging 23.5 points and 6.0 assists in Euroleague and 20.1 points and 6.4 assists in Eurocup action this season. In 2018, she was named to the Eurobasket.com All-European First Team.

In addition to her time in Turkey, Iagupova has played professionally in Kazakhstan, Belgium, and France. She is originally from Dnipro, Ukraine.


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