Digest: Mystics deal ex-Terp Coleman to Sparks

February 02, 2012|Sports Digest


Mystics deal ex-Terp Coleman to Sparks

The Washington Mystics acquired guard-forward Noelle Quinn from the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday, general manager and coach Trudi Lacey announced, in exchange for guard-forward Marissa Coleman, a former Maryland star. The 6-foot Quinn has played five seasons in the WNBA, including the past three with Los Angeles. After a distinguished college career at UCLA, Quinn was the fourth overall selection in the 2007 draft by Minnesota, where she spent her first two seasons. Last season Quinn led the WNBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) and averaged 5.1 points, two assists and 1.8 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes per game. She played in 33 of 34 games and started 23. "We are excited to have Noelle join the Mystics as we look toward the upcoming 2012 season," Lacey said in a statement. "She is an experienced combo guard that brings a high basketball IQ and plays multiple positions." Quinn helped the Sparks advance to the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, when she had career highs in points (10.2), rebounds (4), starts (34) and minutes per game (32.5). Quinn is averaging 6.1 points, three rebounds and 2.8 assists over her WNBA career. "D.C. is such a historical city with fans who both love basketball and are very supportive," Quinn said. "I will bring a positive attitude, great work ethic and experience to the team. I am so grateful for this opportunity and in doing so am willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our success." Coleman, meantime, goes back to the West Coast, where she was born. She relocated to Cheltenham and attended St.John's High and Maryland. As a freshman at Maryland, Coleman was a major contributor to the Terrapins' national championship team in 2005-06. Chosen second overall by the Mystics in the 2009 draft, Coleman gets another opportunity to play alongside former Maryland teammate Kristi Toliver, who has been with the Sparks for the past two seasons. "Being able to play with Kristi again is exciting," Coleman said. "She and I accomplished some really great things together at Maryland, and we play really well together." Coleman is averaging 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in her WNBA career, and in 2010, she helped the Mystics win the Eastern Conference title. Last season Coleman set personal single-game highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds, starting 28 games and finishing 11th in three-pointers made (51).

Gene Wang, The Washington Post

Men's pro basketball: Adrian Bowie (Maryland) of the Bay Area Shuckers earned Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League Player of the Week honors for his 43-point performance in the Shuckers 149-148 overtime win over the Beltway Bombers on Saturday.

Men's college basketball

Ex-UM coach Williams to be honored at Dick Vitale Gala

The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced that the seventh annual Dick Vitale Gala will be held May 18 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla., and will honor former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams, Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz and Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright. Net proceeds for the event, hosted by ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale, will help fund pediatric cancer research. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to jimmyv.org/vitale or contact Mary Kenealy at 941-350-0580 or dickvitalegala@jimmyv.org.

Laurel Park

Md. Jockey Club to celebrate Rapid Redux on Feb. 18

The Maryland Jockey Club will honor Rapid Redux on Feb. 18 with a celebration that will include a poster giveaway, a winner's circle presentation and an autograph session with owner Robert Cole Jr., trainer David Wells and primary jockey J.D.Acosta (depending on mounts). Rapid Redux has won 22 consecutive races, including going 19-for-19 a year ago, and took home a pair of national awards last month. Cole, a Towson native, claimed the son of Pleasantly Perfect at Penn National for $6,250 on Oct. 13, 2010. In his next 24 races, Rapid Redux won 23 times with earnings of $266,074. The winning streak began Dec. 2, 2010, at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. During the streak, Rapid Redux won races at seven different tracks at distances from five furlongs to 11/8 miles using seven riders.

More Laurel Park: Toby's Corner, who is trained by Graham Motion and was last year's Kentucky Derby favorite until he came up with a limp just before he was to ship to Louisville, Ky., is being pointed toward the Grade II General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 20. "He worked [Wednesday] morning and is doing well," Motion said. "He could run in the General George. It's what I have in mind for him." It would be Toby's Corner's first race since winning the Wood Memorial in April.

Sandra McKee

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