New faces in ‘players of the week’ spots

Kristi Toliver of the Sparks and Sancho Lyttle of the Dream are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week, respectively.


The University of Maryland product began the week with 21 points, three steals, three assists and four rebounds in a 79-68 win over visiting Indiana that clinched a playoff spot for Los Angeles. She then equaled her season-high of 29 points, distributed six assists, and grabbed two rebounds in a 101-77 home win over conference rival San Antonio. Toliver closed out the week with 26 points (her fourth consecutive game of 20-or-more points and her ninth straight with 19-or-more), four assists, and two thefts as Los Angeles downed New York at Staples Center.


Lyttle opened the week with a season-best 24 points at Chicago, where she also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and recorded one blocked shot. She then notched 14 points, six boards, four assists and three steals at Washington on the first night of back-to-back games, and followed that up with another 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals against Minnesota.

More fun stuff:

Sparks forward Candace Parker talks about her daughter Lailaa Williams, the little world traveler:

Like I said, she has no problems on planes, in hotels or in foreign countries. If you ask her about the Olympics, she will tell you “WE won the gold medal, and I saw a big clock.” Some mornings she wakes up, and asks if we can go to Spain. What 3-year-old asks their parents that?!