February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Sparks have signed guard Elina Babkina of Latvia, giving the WNBA team its fourth new player in recent weeks.

Babkina played in the Russian League last season, helping her team to the league finals.

During the 2012-13 season, she played in Romania, averaging 10.1 points and a team-high 3.9 assists in eight EuroLeague games.

New Sparks coach Brian Agler said Thursday that Babkina can play both guard positions.

The 25-year-old guard also played in Poland during the 2010-11 season, helping her team to the Polish League finals.

Babkina played for her native country in the 2008 Olympics.

She is the fourth international veteran signed by the Sparks this month, including fellow guards Ana Dabovic of Serbia and Erin Phillips of Australia.

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