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Toliver Gets Multi-Year Deal With Sparks

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Kristi Toliver #20 of the Los Angeles Sparks shoots the ball against the Minnesota Lynx during Game One of the 2012 WNBA Western Conference Finals on October 4, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kristi Toliver #20 of the Los Angeles Sparks shoots the ball against the Minnesota Lynx during Game One of the 2012 WNBA Western Conference Finals on October 4, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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 LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks signed guard Kristi Toliver to a multi-year deal coming off a season in which she was chosen the WNBA’s most improved player.

The contract was announced Wednesday.

Toliver has averaged 12.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in three seasons with the Sparks. She won the league’s award after posting team and career-highs in points (17.5), assists (4.9), rebounds (3.2) and minutes (31.5) while starting 33 of 34 games last season.

She also had career-highs in steals (1.3) and field-goal percentage (.491) and was named to the All-WNBA second team while helping the Sparks return to the playoffs.

“I couldn’t be more fired up and humbled to remain with the Sparks for seasons to come,” Toliver said about her re-signing. “Los Angeles is about winning championships and I am determined to help bring another one back to this city. There is an expectation that lives here, and I’m honored to be part of that commitment.”

Toliver has improved in points and steals every year since joining the league in 2009.

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