Los Angeles Sparks sign Anderson, Grant-Allen to training camp deals

The Los Angeles Sparks have added two more players to their training camp roster in Jolene Anderson and Saicha Grant-Allen.

Anderson was selected 23rd overall by the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the 2008 WNBA Draft out of Wisconsin. Anderson is currently playing overseas for Famila Schio in Italy.

“Jolene has continued to develop her skills overseas,” said Penny Toler, executive vice president and general manager of the Sparks in Tuesday’s release. “I‘ve watched her improve over the last couple years into a complete player that can really stretch the defense.”

Grant-Allen was selected 35th overall by the Sparks in the third round of the 2017 WNBA Draft out of Dayton. She is currently playing overseas for Bembibre in Spain.

“We’re bringing Saicha back because she is a hard worker and very aggressive on the boards,” said Toler.

The Sparks have re-signed restricted free agent guard Odyssey Sims and 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Alana Beard. Los Angeles also announced the signings of Ana Dabovic, member of the Sparks’ 2016 championship team, and Karlie Samuelson last week.

The Sparks have posted a 26-8 record in consecutive seasons, earning a double bye into the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs as the second overall seed both times. The Sparks swept the Phoenix Mercury in a best-of-five semifinal series to advance to the WNBA Finals, where they met the Minnesota Lynx once again.

The Sparks have posted a 26-8 record in consecutive seasons, earning a double bye into the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs as the second overall seed both times. The Sparks swept the Phoenix Mercury in a best-of-five semifinal series to advance to the WNBA Finals, where they met the Minnesota Lynx once again.