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Kristi Toliver to join Samsun

ANKARA, Turkey -- Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver has agreed to join Turkish club Samsun.

Toliver, a backup on the Sparks, averaged 8.6 points and 2.2 rebounds this past season, her second in the WNBA. She was also a member of Maryland's 2006 NCAA title team.

Samsun spokesman Altan Sokmen says on Friday that Toliver is expected to arrive in Samsun, on the Black Sea coast, next Tuesday and sign a contract.

"She will be one of the best players to come to Samsun," Sokmen says.

Samsun is eighth in the 12-team standings, five points behind leader Fenerbahce, and is hoping for a quick improvement with Toliver.

"We are hoping that with Toliver, we will overcome some playmaking issues," Samsun manager Sait Uzun says.