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WNBA preview: Stars at Sparks

September 15, 2016

Stars (7-25) at L.A. Sparks (25-8)

When, where: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Staples Center, Los Angeles

TV/Radio: NBA TV; KTKR-AM 760

PROBABLE STARTERS

Stars: PG Moriah Jefferson (5-6, 1st year), SG Jazmon Gwathmey (6-2, 1st), SF Monique Currie (6-0, 11th), PF Astou Ndour (6-5, 2nd), C Jayne Appel-Marinelli (6-4, 7th)

Sparks: PG Kristi Toliver (5-7, 8th), SG Essence Carson (6-0, 9th), SF Alana Beard (6-1, 13th year), PF Nneka Ogwumike (6-2, 5th), C Candace Parker (6-4, 9th)

RESERVES

Stars: G Sydney Colson (5-8, 3rd), F Haley Peters (6-3, 1st), F-C Vicki Baugh (6-4, 3rd), G Whitney Knight (6-3, 1st), C Avery Warley-Talbert (6-3, 5th), G-F Alex Montgomery (6-1, 6th)

Sparks: F Evgeniia Belyakova (6-0, 1st), G Ana Dabovic (6-0, 2nd), G Chelsea Gray (5-11, 2nd), F/C Sandrine Gruda (6-4, 5th), C Jantel Lavendar (6-4, 6th), C Ann Wauters (6-4, 9th), Jelena Dubljevic (6-3, 1st)

COACHES

Stars: Dan Hughes

Sparks: Brian Agler

STAT LEADERS (per-game averages)

Stars: Points (Jefferson, 13.7), rebounds (Marinelli, 5.4), assists (Jefferson, 4.1), steals (Jefferson, 1.6), blocks (Marinelli, 1.1)

Sparks: Points (Ogwumike, 19.8), rebounds (Ogwumike, 9.0), assists (Parker, 5.0), steals (Beard 1.8), blocks (Ogwumike, 1.2)

NOTABLE

The Stars try to win back-to-back road games for the first time since defeating Washington and Connecticut on June 29 and July 1, respectively, in 2014.

Terrence Thomas