Free agents Brown, Tillis join depleted Sparks

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks signed two free
agents, guard Kiesha Brown and center Iciss Tillis Wednesday to
replace the retired Chamique Holdsclaw.

Brown played three games with Minnesota before being waived May
25. A five-year veteran out of Georgia, Brown also played in
Washington, Houston and New York.

The 6-foot-5 Tillis played last year for New York, where she
averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 games.

"I think we picked up two pretty solid players," Sparks coach
Michael Cooper said. "Kiesha Brown knows and understands the
league, and Iciss Tillis is another long body that we definitely
could use to replace some rebounds that Chamique used to get."

Brown and Tillis played their first games on Wednesday night in Sparks' 74-71 victory over the Houston Comets. Brown had nine points and three assists in 16 minutes. Tillis was scoreless in three minutes.

Holdsclaw retired Monday after seven seasons in the WNBA and
five games with the Sparks this year.

"It was definitely a surprise," said forward Muriel Page,
Holdsclaw's closest friend on the team. "She was excited about
getting the opportunity to play for 'Coop.' Even after our game
against Minnesota [Friday night], she was still excited.

"Two days later, she's like, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to
play anymore. I just kind of want to do other things,"' Page said.