Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ODU's Ticha an L.A. Spark no more

Ticha Penicheiro is a California girl no more in the WNBA.

ODU's Ticha, who has spent her entire career playing for either the Sacramento Monarchs or Los Angeles Sparks, signed with the Chicago Sky on Wednesday. Her first game in a Sky uniform will be at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Chicago opens at Washington on May 19 (the Sky also visit the Mystics on Aug. 19).

“I’m very excited about the opportunity of playing in the city of Chicago, with an amazing group of talent,” Penicheiro said in a statement. “The mixture of young and veteran players is very appealing and I’m stoked about bringing some of my experience to a franchise that has all the tools to accomplish big things. I know it sounds cliché, but the sky is really the limit. I can’t wait to get the season under way.”

Ticha, 36, signed with Sacramento in 1998 as the second pick in the first round of the WNBA draft. She has played for Los Angeles for the last two seasons. Currently, Ticha is playing in Istanbul with Galatasaray, a team that also includes Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles and Epiphanny Prince. Fowles and Prince are also part of the Chicago Sky, which is coached by Pokey Chatman.

James Madison's Tamera Young re-signed with the Sky on Tuesday.

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