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WNBA: Free agent Loree Moore signs with Sparks

February 3, 2011 |  4:11 pm

It's official. 

One day after re-signing free-agent point guard Ticha Penicheiro, the Sparks signed Loree Moore, giving the team "one of the best point guard tandems in the league," according to General Manager Penny Toler.

Moore averaged six points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds from 2005-09 with the New York Liberty and was a 2007 WNBA all-defensive second-team selection. She was cut by the Liberty last spring and signed with the Seattle Storm for the 2010 season but was released after tearing her left meniscus two weeks into training camp. 

The 5-foot-9 guard is from Los Angeles and played alongside Sparks recent signee Ebony Hoffman in high school, leading Harbor City Narbonne to a California state championship in 2000.

"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," Moore said in a news release. "Plus, it's great to be back home."

Moore attended Tennessee and played for the Lady Vols as they reached the NCAA Final Four in each of her four seasons with the team, from 2001-02 through 2004-05. However, she missed playing with Candace Parker, who redshirted the 2004-05 season at Tennessee because of injury.

--Melissa Rohlin