Comets sign former L.A. guard Mabika

February 20, 2008 7:35:14 PM PST
The Houston Comets have signed guard Mwadi Mabika to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Mwadi adds another layer of veteran leadership to our team," coach Karleen Thompson said. "An athlete of her caliber strengthens our overall perimeter shooting and she can create opportunities for our post players which is key to our success on the court."

Mabika spent the first 11 years of her WNBA career as a starter for the Los Angeles Sparks, winning WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002. A two-time WNBA All-Star, Mabika has gathered career totals of 3,480 points, 1,290 rebounds and 761 assists. Over her WNBA career, Mabika has averaged 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

"I can't wait," Mabika said. "I've played with the same team for 11 years and now to have a new opportunity with a new team is exciting. Starting from training camp, I want to offer my leadership experience and the mental toughness that I know teams need to be successful."

A native of the Congo, Mabika came to the United States by way of a personal appeal made to Zairian government officials by compatriot and NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and his brother Tshitingo.

The Houston Comets begin their inaugural season in Reliant Arena on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. against the Minnesota Lynx.

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