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Samuelson, Anigwe re-join with LA Sparks

Karlie Samuelson and Kristine Anigwe have both re-joined LA Sparks, the WNBA franchise announced.

The GB international duo have both been signed under the hardship exception with Samuelson set for a fifth stint with the club.

“Kristine Anigwe provided valuable minutes for our team last season with her activity on both ends and ability to rebound,” said General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher, via release. “Kristine will bring physicality and size to our front-court rotation.

“Karlie Samuelson is someone with WNBA experience who can provide outside shooting, has familiarity with our organisation, and is a great teammate.”

Samuelson returns to the WNBA fold after a successful second season with Perfumerias Avenida in Spain, where they won the playoffs title and reached the final of EuroLeague Women.

Meanwhile, Anigwe played out in Turkey with Cukurova and after being cut by the Sparks in pre-season, shortly had another spell with Dallas Wings before being released.

The 24-year-old was a first-round draft pick in 2019 and will team up with another GB team-mate Temi Fagbenle next season.

The LA Sparks currently have a 3-3 record in the 2021 WNBA season having last won the Championship in 2016.

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