Heading West II
WNBA All-Star Alana Beard
, a free agent (cut loose by the Mystics
at the end of the 2011 season), signed today
with the Los Angeles Sparks
Alana will join two other former Mystics -- Delisha Milton Jones and Marissa Coleman -- and another player well known to BCs' readers, Kristi Toliver.
Alana, who missed the last two WNBA seasons due to injury, recently returned to the court in Israel. (She scored 13 points in her first game back!)
The BCs are very happy for Alana. She has always been a true competitor . . . frequently playing through a great deal of pain. She's worked extremely hard to come back from her most recent injury, and we think it's great that she's going to have another chance to compete in the WNBA. We never like to see a player's career end because of injury.
There's only one negative we foresee for Alana in L.A. -- her old number, 20, is already taken (by Kristi).
Good luck, Alana!
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