170 lb (77 kg)
| 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
American / Turkish
| September 11, 1986 (age 29)
Nuremberg, Germany (1986-09-11) |
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
North Carolina (2004–2008)
Abdullah Gul Universitesi B.K. (#15 / Power forward)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sharon Pringle, Reece Pringle
LaToya Sanders Wikipedia
LaToya Antoinette Pringle (born September 11, 1986), a.k.a. LaToya Antoinette Sanders or Lara Sanders, is an American–Turkish professional basketball player for Kayseri Kaski S.K. in Turkey. She was formerly a member of the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.
Sanders was born in Nuremberg, Germany, where her parents were stationed in the Army. The family later moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Reece and Sharon Pringle. She has a younger sister named Shanice. She is married to former UNC men's basketball player Byron Sanders.
LaToya attended Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sanders was named North Carolina's Miss Basketball for Class 4-A in her junior and senior years. She also was named first-team all-state both years. She led Seventy-First to state titles in 2003 and 2004, winning tournament MVP honors on both occasions. As a senior, she totalled 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in the title game. She set a state championship record with 28 rebounds in the 2003 title game. She also averaged 21.5 points, 14.2 rebounds and nine blocks in her senior season.
Sanders attended the University of North Carolina. As a freshman at UNC she averaged 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. She played in 30 games and ranked fifth in the ACC with 1.5 blocks per game. In her junior year she had a breakout season in her first year as a starter. She started all 38 games for the Tar Heels, establishing a school record for games started and games played in a season. She was second on the team and fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.550) and second in blocks (3.18 per game). Her 3.18 blocks per game were good for fifth in the NCAA. She registered a block in every game and five or more on eight occasions.
Sanders was drafted in the first round of the 2008 WNBA Draft with the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury. While in Phoenix she played in 29 games and started 7 of those games. She averaged 13 minutes and 4.4 points per game. Later she suffered an injury and was traded to the Minnesota Lynx. During the off season the Los Angeles Sparks signed Sanders.
She plays for Kayseri Kaski S.K. in Turkey since the 2010–11 season. After obtaining the Turkish citizenship during the 2012–13 season, she adopted the name Lara Sanders. For the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, she was selected for the Turkey women's national basketball team.