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WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks claim UB's Cierra Dillard

The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA announced Monday that the organization has claimed Cierra Dillard off waivers from the Minnesota Lynx.

Dillard, a former University at Buffalo guard, joins the Sparks two days after she was cut by the Lynx.

Earlier in the day, the Sparks waived guards Loryn Goodwin and Gabby Green. With the addition of Dillard, the Sparks have 16 players on their training camp roster. WNBA rosters must be cut to 12 players by May 23; the Sparks open the regular season May 26 at Las Vegas.

The Lynx selected Dillard 20th overall in the WNBA draft last month, and she was one of seven rookies in preseason camp with the Lynx. She did not play in the Lynx's preseason exhibition game Friday in Minneapolis.

Dillard became the first UB women’s basketball player to be drafted by a WNBA team, and the first men’s or women’s player from UB to be drafted in the NBA or WNBA.

Dillard was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection. She was second in the nation in scoring at 25.2 points per game in 2019, and she set the school and Mid-American Conference records for points in a season with 856. She’s fifth among UB’s all-time leading scorers with 1,422 points.

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