More home cookin’, and a reunion, too:
Los Angeles Sparks Sign Free Agent Point Guard Loree Moore
Former New York Liberty Starter Returns Home and
Reunites with High School Teammate Ebony Hoffman
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks continue to make moves in the free agent marketplace, adding point guard and Southern California native Loree Moore to their roster, General Manager Penny Toler announced Thursday.
The 5’9″ Moore reunites with her former high school teammate Ebony Hoffman, who joined the Sparks as an unrestricted free agent earlier this week from the Indiana Fever. In 2000, the duo led Harbor City’s Narbonne High School to a California state title and USA Today No. 1 national ranking.
Moore was a member of the New York Liberty from the 2005 through 2009 seasons, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008. A starter at point guard in 123 of her 155 league regular season games, Moore averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds, and was a 2007 WNBA All-Defensive Team selection. That year she also posted a career-high 9.8 points and 4.8 assists per contest for the Liberty.
“Adding Loree Moore as a compliment to Ticha Penecheiro gives the Sparks one of the best point guard tandems in the league,” Toler stated. “She’s a proven winner at all levels of the game, and possesses exceptional court vision and toughness.”
Moore enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols reach the NCAA Final Four in each of her four seasons (2001-02 through 2004-05). She is currently a member of Vologda-Chevakata in Russia, averaging 5.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 steals through 12 league games and 4.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals in EuroCup play.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to play with the Sparks organization in 2011,” Moore said. “Growing up in Southern California, I have followed the Sparks since their first season and am looking forward to adding onto the history of success the organization is known for. Plus, it’s great to be back home!”
…….very cool indeed – Moore is awesome.
Still waiting for a center, though.