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Toliver transformation translates into award

Updated: October 6, 2012, 11:17 PM ET
By Michelle Smith

LOS ANGELES -- Sparks coach Carol Ross never doubted that she had a scorer on her team in point guard Kristi Toliver. Whether Toliver could put the ball in the basket was never the issue.

But Toliver marked the 2012 season by rounding out her game in a few more very important ways.

The fifth-year player from Maryland shook off previous disappointments. She became a distributor and a defender. And on Thursday, as the Sparks were preparing to open the WNBA playoffs against ...

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