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June 16, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Spark rookie point guard Ukari Figgs was doing a lot of the talking during timeouts of the game at Orlando Tuesday night--and she had plenty to convey. She was the point guard on the Purdue team that won the NCAA championship this spring for Carolyn Peck, now the Orlando coach. "I'm sure she had lots to say," Peck said afterward, laughing. "Yes, we were running some Purdue stuff, and I'm sure Ukari recognized every bit of it."
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June 8, 2002 | MIKE TERRY
What I remember most about Ukari Figgs is how calm she was last year, no matter what the situation. Not Prozac calm, but tranquil. And it seemed a terrific trait for the point guard of the Sparks to have. They were being pushed to the title by Coach Michael Cooper, who knew how great his team could be and was not going to let it fall short of its goal. Cooper can be relentless, and I imagine being his point guard can occasionally be thankless.
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July 1, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
vs. Cleveland, 5:30 * Site--Great Western Forum. * Radio--KPLS (830). * Records--Sparks 11-2, Rockers 7-6. * Record vs. Rockers (1999)--2-0. * Update--Hoping to increase their winning streak to eight, the Sparks take on the WNBA's surprise team. Last summer, the Rockers were dead last, finishing 7-25, and prospects seemed dim. But Cleveland led for much of the early Eastern Conference schedule and is tied for second place. Eva Nemcova averages 14 points.
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August 31, 2001 | Bill Plaschke
Loosely translated in the Nigerian dialect of her godparents, her first name means "Unto us God has given grace." Not to mention, eight ungodly good minutes Thursday that probably gave the Sparks the WNBA championship. In a 75-66 victory in the finals opener against the Charlotte Sting, the game's most famous name was overshadowed by the one most misunderstood.
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March 28, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
* About Duke: It's likely Coach Gail Goestenkors will have her best defender, Hilary Howard, guard Purdue's talented Ukari Figgs. If the matchup is as successful as it was Friday, when Howard held Georgia's Kelly Miller to 13 points--she had averaged 23 in the NCAA tournament--Duke will have a good chance at victory. Figgs had an 18-point first half against Louisiana Tech Friday and Lady Techsters never recovered in losing 77-63.
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July 31, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Does the WNBA discriminate against women? That's one not-so-serious spin in the aftermath of the Sparks' game at Phoenix on July 17. Both coaches--the Mercury's Cheryl Miller and the Sparks' Orlando Woolridge--ripped the officials afterward. Miller, ejected after her second technical foul in the game, was fined $5,000 for making a delayed exit after being tossed, for later calling the officiating crew "rent-a-refs," and for implying the league office has a vendetta against her.
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June 3, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
The best professional point guard in town speaks with a Kentucky twang and will earn her mechanical engineering degree in the fall. The best point guard in town has won a collegiate national championship and so can talk about winning big games from her own experience instead of from watching others. The best point guard in town never thinks about her own shot first and always watches to see where her teammates are.
SPORTS
June 8, 2002 | MIKE TERRY
What I remember most about Ukari Figgs is how calm she was last year, no matter what the situation. Not Prozac calm, but tranquil. And it seemed a terrific trait for the point guard of the Sparks to have. They were being pushed to the title by Coach Michael Cooper, who knew how great his team could be and was not going to let it fall short of its goal. Cooper can be relentless, and I imagine being his point guard can occasionally be thankless.
SPORTS
August 31, 2001 | Bill Plaschke
Loosely translated in the Nigerian dialect of her godparents, her first name means "Unto us God has given grace." Not to mention, eight ungodly good minutes Thursday that probably gave the Sparks the WNBA championship. In a 75-66 victory in the finals opener against the Charlotte Sting, the game's most famous name was overshadowed by the one most misunderstood.
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July 22, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Saturday vs. New York, 1 p.m., Great Western Forum--The Liberty, leading the Easter Conference, is 8-2 at home but 2-4 on the road. Guard Ukari Figgs, sidelined since July 1 because of a sprained ankle, might return.
SPORTS
July 1, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
vs. Cleveland, 5:30 * Site--Great Western Forum. * Radio--KPLS (830). * Records--Sparks 11-2, Rockers 7-6. * Record vs. Rockers (1999)--2-0. * Update--Hoping to increase their winning streak to eight, the Sparks take on the WNBA's surprise team. Last summer, the Rockers were dead last, finishing 7-25, and prospects seemed dim. But Cleveland led for much of the early Eastern Conference schedule and is tied for second place. Eva Nemcova averages 14 points.
SPORTS
July 31, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Does the WNBA discriminate against women? That's one not-so-serious spin in the aftermath of the Sparks' game at Phoenix on July 17. Both coaches--the Mercury's Cheryl Miller and the Sparks' Orlando Woolridge--ripped the officials afterward. Miller, ejected after her second technical foul in the game, was fined $5,000 for making a delayed exit after being tossed, for later calling the officiating crew "rent-a-refs," and for implying the league office has a vendetta against her.
SPORTS
June 16, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Spark rookie point guard Ukari Figgs was doing a lot of the talking during timeouts of the game at Orlando Tuesday night--and she had plenty to convey. She was the point guard on the Purdue team that won the NCAA championship this spring for Carolyn Peck, now the Orlando coach. "I'm sure she had lots to say," Peck said afterward, laughing. "Yes, we were running some Purdue stuff, and I'm sure Ukari recognized every bit of it."
SPORTS
June 3, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
The best professional point guard in town speaks with a Kentucky twang and will earn her mechanical engineering degree in the fall. The best point guard in town has won a collegiate national championship and so can talk about winning big games from her own experience instead of from watching others. The best point guard in town never thinks about her own shot first and always watches to see where her teammates are.
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March 28, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
* About Duke: It's likely Coach Gail Goestenkors will have her best defender, Hilary Howard, guard Purdue's talented Ukari Figgs. If the matchup is as successful as it was Friday, when Howard held Georgia's Kelly Miller to 13 points--she had averaged 23 in the NCAA tournament--Duke will have a good chance at victory. Figgs had an 18-point first half against Louisiana Tech Friday and Lady Techsters never recovered in losing 77-63.
SPORTS
July 25, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
Tuesday vs. Orlando, Great Western Forum, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West--The Sparks play the expansion Miracle in the fourth game of the six-game homestand. Rookie point guard Ukari Figgs played three minutes Saturday--her first action since spraining an ankle July 1.
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July 17, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
TODAY at Phoenix, 1 PDT Channel 4 * Site--America West Arena, Phoenix. * Records--Sparks 10-5, Mercury 4-10. * Record vs. Mercury--2-0. * Update--Today's matchup is the third Los Angeles-Phoenix meeting in 11 days. Spark Coach Orlando Woolridge is still down to 10 players. Starting point guard Ukari Figgs tried to practice Friday for the first time since she sprained her ankle July 1, and couldn't jump. Gordana Grubin probably will start for her, Woolridge said.
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