Shock match Sparks’ offer and keep Kara Braxton

Ah, the Sparks’ quest to fill Candace Parker’s shoes isn’t going to be easy. Their first coup has failed:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Shock announced Friday they have matched the offer sheet Kara Braxton signed with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Coach Bill Laimbeer said in a release that Detroit’s philosophy “is not to allow other teams to steal our players away with money.”

Details of Braxton’s contract were not released. She is a native of Jackson, Mich.

The 24-year-old former Georgia star was selected by Detroit with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2005 WNBA draft. She has averaged of 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 131 games.

Braxton averaged 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games last season, helping the Shock win their third WNBA championship, and second in three years.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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