FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks’ Maria Vadeeva passes the ball during the team’s WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in Seattle. While she’s a rookie to the WNBA, Vadeeva has been playing professionally in Russia since she was 16. The 6-foot-4 center is on the Russian league powerhouse Dynamo Kursk that features her Sparks teammate Nneka Ogwumike and won the EuroLeague title in 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks’ Maria Vadeeva passes the ball during the team’s WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in Seattle. While she’s a rookie to the WNBA, Vadeeva has been playing professionally in Russia since she was 16. The 6-foot-4 center is on the Russian league powerhouse Dynamo Kursk that features her Sparks teammate Nneka Ogwumike and won the EuroLeague title in 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Elaine Thompson AP
FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks’ Maria Vadeeva passes the ball during the team’s WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in Seattle. While she’s a rookie to the WNBA, Vadeeva has been playing professionally in Russia since she was 16. The 6-foot-4 center is on the Russian league powerhouse Dynamo Kursk that features her Sparks teammate Nneka Ogwumike and won the EuroLeague title in 2017. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Elaine Thompson AP

Russian star Maria Vadeeva enjoying time in WNBA with Sparks

August 10, 2018 11:56 PM