(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: As the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) “off-season” quickly moves onward, it has also certainly moved homeward for Los Angeles native, former UCLA Bruin, and current WNBA player, a 6’4 power forward, by the name of Monique Billings. The Sparks have made it an emphatic point to bring her home with all of her proven skills, winning attitude, dynamic leadership, and full-time commitment to her new team.
Read more in the Team’s press announcement for quotes by General Manager, Raegan Pebley, Head Coach, Curt Miller, and Billings herself.
Sparks Sign Forward Monique Billings
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Sparks recently announced the signing of free agent forward Monique Billings. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement are not released.
“I am an LA girl, I went to school here, so it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to come back to the city where I grew up. I used to come to Sparks games as a young girl with my parents to watch Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie, so this is very surreal,” said Billings. “I never imagined I would be here and I’m excited to put the work in, get on the floor with my teammates, and compete in the City of Champions.”
The 6-foot-4 forward has played in six seasons with the Atlanta Dream after being drafted 15th overall in 2018 and has since averaged 5.9 points, 5.8 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game. In 39 games last year with the Dream, Billings averaged 16.7 minutes, 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
“The Sparks are getting a total pro in Monique, I know the Los Angeles community is fired up to welcome her back,” said general manager Raegan Pebley. “Her experience and veteran leadership are just two of the many strengths she will bring.”
The California native played collegiately at UCLA and was a two-time All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive Team honoree in 2017 and 2018.
“We are excited to bring Mo back to LA. She is a dynamic athlete that helps address our rebounding and rim protection needs,” said head coach Curt Miller. “Mo’s motor and competitiveness are evident each time she steps onto the court.” ###