Sparks re-sign C Lavender

Los Angeles, CA ( - The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed center Jantel Lavender to an undisclosed contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Lavender, 26, averaged 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season -- all career highs.

She has played four seasons for the Sparks since they picked her No. 5 overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft but had never started more than three games in a season until last year, when she started 27.