|No. 30 – Washington Mystics|
|Born||September 11, 1986|
|Nationality||American / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
|College||North Carolina (2004–2008)|
|WNBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|2011||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
LaToya Antoinette Pringle (born September 11, 1986), a.k.a. LaToya Antoinette Sanders or Lara Sanders, is an American-Turkish professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Sanders is undersized forward/center that is not fazed by trash talking. Sanders played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before getting drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Currently, she also plays for Kayseri Kaski S.K. in Turkey.
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 and has a younger sister named Shanice. Sanders 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. Sanders 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. Sanders 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.
North Carolina statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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 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 Turkish women's national basketball team.
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- "Latoya Sanders Sözleşme Yeniledi" (in Turkish). Türkiye Basketbol Ligleri. September 16, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- "LaToya Pringle - 2004-05 Women's Basketball Roster - UNC Tar Heels Athletics". www.goheels.com. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". tarheelblue.cstv.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- Career Stats and Totals Archived June 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Mercury trade Miller, Pringle for Ohlde". www.azcentral.com. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Favor, Sue (February 16, 2010). "They're Playing Basketball: Sparks sign LaToya Pringle". They're Playing Basketball. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "WNBA 2020 season: Jonquel Jones, Liz Cambage, Tina Charles among players sitting out". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
- "Dünya şampiyonası öncesi karolar açıklandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). May 28, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.