USA Basketball Women's National Team Weekly Update
February 6, 2014
USA Basketball on Jan. 13 announced the 33-member 2014-16 USA National Team player pool. Most of the athletes are spending the winter competing in Europe, China or the United States in NCAA action.
This Week's Highlights: Maya Moore was named WCBA Player of the Week after leading her team to victory with 40 points, 10 boards, 6 assists and 6 steals in the final game of the regular season. Only three teams for which 2014-16 USA National Team athletes currently compete are undefeated. In EuroLeague action, Angel McCoughtry and Cappie Pondexter have Fenerbache off to a 9-0 mark; while in the NCAA, the trio of Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart have taken the University of Connecticut to a 24-0 record and University of Notre Dame is undefeated at 21-0 thanks in part to Kayla McBride.
|EuroLeague Group A Standings|
|2.||BERETTA FAMILA SCHIO||5/3||13|
|3.||TANGO BOURGES BASKET||4/4||12|
|4.||GOOD ANGELS KOSICE||4/4||12|
|5.||KAYSERI KASKI SPOR KULÜBÜ||4/4||12|
|6.||HAT-AGRO UNI GYÖR||0/8||7|
|EuroLeague Group B Standings|
|1.||FENERBAHCE SPORTS CLUB||9/0||18|
|2.||WISLA CAN-PACK KRAKOW||6/4||16|
|5.||BK IMOS BRNO||3/7||13|
|6.||BASKET LATTES MONTPELLIER AGGLOMERATION||3/6||12|
|7.||UNIQA EUROLEASING SOPRON||3/6||12|
|EuroLeague Group C Standings|
|1.||ZVVZ USK PRAGUE||7/2||16|
|3.||Sparta&K MR Vidnoje||6/3||15|
|4.||PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA SALAMANCA||5/4||14|
|7.||WBC NOVI ZAGREB||2/8||12|
- Due to the EuroLeague rules that allow teams to suit up just two non-Euros a game, Sue Bird is competing in the Russian Premier League, Candace Parker is competing in the EuroLeague and Diana Taurasi is playing in both Russian and EuroLeague contests.
- Ekat (7-1) dropped Good Angels Kosice (4-4) 83-55 as Taurasi (11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) and Parker (10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) played just 28 and 22 minutes, respectively. In fact, minutes were spread after Ekat built a 56-39 lead after three quarters.
- Taurasi, who led the EuroLeague in scoring four seasons, is now ranked second in the competition in assists with a 6.7 dimes per game average to go with 12.7 ppg. and 4.0 rpg.; while Parker is averaging a double-double of 15.4 ppg. and a league third-best 10.1 rpg.
- Ekat has two games remaining on its schedule, versus Kayseri Kaski spor (4-4) and Beretta Famila Schio (4-3), both of which Ekat defeated earlier in the season.
- In Russian League action Ekat is 13-1 and atop the standings with Bird averaging 11.3 ppg., 2.5 rpg. and 5.5 apg.; and Taurasi averaging 11.0 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 4.3 apg.
- In addition to Bird and Parker, Ekat is easily the most well-balanced team in the EuroLeague circuit this season with Latvia's Anete Jekabsone, France's Sandrine Gruda, Spain's Silvia Dominguez, Belgium's Ann Wauters and Poland's Ewelina Kobryn, but also Russia's Maria Stepanova, Tatiana Popova and Deanna Nolan, who secured a Russian passport several years back.
- After a five-game winning streak, Nadezhda (5-5) dropped this week's contest to Angel McCoughtry and Cappie Pondexter's undefeated Fenerbache (9-0), 67-51. DeWanna Bonner was held to eight points, while Glory Johnson was unable to connect with the basket at all.
- Playing in all 10 games, Bonner is averaging 17.7 ppg. and 8.6 rpg., while Johnson, who joined Nadezhda for its final game before the holiday break, is averaging 12.0 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. in five games.
- The team also features Kelly Miller, who has a Russian passport, as well as Spain's Anna Cruz.
- The loss dropped Nadezhda to third place in Group B, but with two games remaining, the team is still in good position to advance. The final two contests are against Sopron (3-6) and Wisla (6-4).
- Nadezhda (11-3) is ranked second in the Russian Premier League standings and Bonner is averaging 17.7 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. with Johnson adding 10.1 ppg. and 6.6 rpg.
Jantel Lavender (Wisla-Can Pack, Krakow, Poland)
- Wisla (6-4) got 20 points, on 10-of-11 shooting from the field, and 8 rebounds from Jantel Lavender in defeating Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron (3-6) 80-56.
- Averaging a league-high of 21.8 ppg. and a fourth-best 10.1 rpg., Lavender has played in all 10 games for Wisla and also ranks No. 2 among EuroLeague leaders with six double-doubles on the season.
- Wisla has two games left on its calendar, against Nadezhda Orenburg (5-5), which could determine which team finishes second in the group, and Lattes Montpellier (3-6).
- Lavender and former DePaul standout Allie Quigley have combined for 341 (34.1 ppg.) of Wisla's 683 (68.3 ppg.) points this season.
- Angel McCoughtry, Cappie Pondexter and Fenerbache sit atop Group B with a 9-0 record, as the only unbeaten team remaining in the league this year.
- McCoughtry posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while also getting seven steals, to lead Fener past DeWanna Bonner, Glory Johnson and Nadhezda. Pondexter, who managed to hit 1-of-6 from the field in an off night, contributed four points and five rebounds.
- McCoughtry is currently averaging team-highs of 16.1 ppg. and 4.2 spg.; while Pondexter is averaging 9.3 ppg. and a team-high 4.7 apg.
- Pondexter, who played for Fener in 2007 and 2008, returned in 2012-13 after a four-year haitus during which time she competed for UMMC Ekaterinburg. McCoughtry, on the other hand, has been under contract with Fener since transferring mid-way through the 2010-11 season.
- Also featured on Fener's roster is Turkish passport holder Quanitra Hollingsworth, Poland's Agnieszka 'Biba' Bibrzycka and Turkey's Birsel Vardarli.
Courtney Vandersloot (Beretta Famila Schio, Italy)
- Scored seven points and had three rebounds, two assists and two steals to help Beretta Famila Schio (5-3) earn an 87-49 victory over her former club Hat-Agro Uni Györ (0-7).
- Averaged a then-EuroLeague fourth-best 19.4 ppg. to go with 5.6 rpg., 3.6 apg. and a league third-best 3.0spg. in the winless Györ's first five games. However, Courtney Vandersloot was picked up by Beretta Famila Schio (5-3), and has helped Beretta go 2-1 since her arrival. The Italian club is currently in second place in Group B standings.
- Beretta Famila Schio's roster features long-time Italian National Team member Laura Macchi, France's Elodie Godin and Hungary's Katalin Honti, and Vandersloot is the lone American.
- Competing in Group A, the victory bumped Schio into second place, ahead of Good Angels and Kayseri, both of which are tied at 3-3.
- Sloot's teammates at Györ's included Joslyn Tinkle, but didn't feature a lot of starpower on the team that was devastated earlier this year when its head coach and general manager were killed in an accident, which also took the leg of promising Serbian star Natasa Kovacevic.
- The duo of Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree helped Dynamo Kursk (9-0) to its first victory in the EuroCup quarterfinals, a 76-66 defeat of Mersin Büyüksehir Bld (5-4). The second quarterfinal game will be played Feb. 13, with the aggregate score deciding which team advances to the semifinals. Dupree had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds to go with five assists, while Augustus contributed eight points and five rebounds.
- Augustus joined the team for its third game and is averaging 14.6 ppg., 3.6 rpg. and 1.6 apg. through seven games; while Dupree has been with the team all season and is averaging 15.4 ppg. and 8.0 rpg.
- The team is currently in fifth place in the Russian league with a 9-4 record and Augustus is averaging 14.6 ppg., 3.6 rpg. and 3.0 apg., while Dupree is contributing 12.5 ppg. and 6.5 rpg.
- Dynamo Moscow (7-1) is into the EuroCup quarterfinals, where it will face Adana Botas Spor (Turkey), which owns a 6-2 record in EuroCup Play.
- Tina Charles is averaging team-highs of 17.6 ppg. and 9.0 rpg.; while Lindsay Whalen is averaging a team-high and EuroCup ninth-best 4.4 apg. to go with 10.4 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in her five games with the club.
- Charles posted three double-doubles in five games, including 22 points and 15 rebounds in a 92-86 overtime victory over previously unbeaten Istanbul Universitesi on Dec. 5.
- There is one more non-Russian on the roster: Ana Dabovic from Serbia.
- The team posted a 10-4 mark so far in the Russian League, good for fourth place. Charles is averaging 12.0 ppg. and 8.4 rpg., while Whalen is contributing 14.9 ppg. and 4.7 apg.
The WCBA finished regular-season play on Tuesday and as expected, Maya Moore's Shanxi squad remained in the top position and in fact the standings remained the same from top to bottom. Moore's 40-point, 10-rebound effort in Shanxi's 119-75 victory over Heilongjiang.
Jayne Appel (Liaoning Hengye)
- Sat out her team's final game of the season, a 90-63 defeat at the hands of Australian Liz Cambage and the Beijing Great Wall (18-4).
- In 19 games this season, averaged a league sixth-best 24.6 ppg., a WCBA third-best 11.5 rpg. and fourth-best 1.4 bpg.
- Liaoning finished the season in 6th place with an 11-10 record.
Sylvia Fowles (Shanghai Octopus)
- Scored 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field and hauled in 17 rebounds to help Shanghai (18-4) to a 87-70 victory over Bayi (9-13).
- Averaged a WBCA third-best 29.2 ppg., and led the league with 12.2 rpg. in her 22 regular-season contests.
Brittney Griner (Zhejiang Far East)
- Has helped Zhejiang (15-7) to fourth place in the standings.
- Most recently had 27 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks as Zhejiang surpassed Jiangsu (9-13) 90-79 to close the season.
- Averaged a WBCA seventh-best 22.3 ppg., sixth-best 9.9 rpg. and led the league with 4.0 bpg. during the regular season.
Maya Moore (Shanxi Fames)
- Named the WBCA Player of the Week after posting 40 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals in Shanxi's (19-3) 119-75 win over Heilongjiang (11-11).
- Finished the regular season leading the WCBA in scoring (39.2 ppg.) and steals (4.2 spg.), and ranked second in assists (5.0 apg.) in aiding Shanxi to the top of the standings with a 19-3 mark.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Guangdong Dolphins)
- Had 41 points and 13 boards as Guangdong (14-8) defeated Shenyang (2-20) 109-87.
- Averaged a league fourth-best 29.0 ppg., eighth-best 8.9 rpg. and third-best 2.1 spg. in the regular season.
- The trio of Stefanie Dolson (11.5 ppg., 8.8 rpg., 2.7 apg., 1.3 bpg.), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (12.3 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 3.5 apg.) and Breanna Stewart (19.4 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2.9 apg., 1.2 bpg.) have aided the Huskies to a perfect 24-0 record and a No. 1 ranking. (stats as of Feb. 5).
- Mosqueda-Lewis injured her elbow in the team's second game and sat out eight games.
Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame)
- Averaging 17.1 ppg., 5.7 rpg. and 3.7 apg., for the 21-0 Irish squad.
- In Notre Dame's last outing, posted a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double in a 88-67 win at Duke.
Odyssey Sims (Baylor University)
- Averaging an eye-popping 30.0 ppg., to go with and 4.6 rpg. and 4.7 apg. for the 19-3 Bears, which saw its first loss come in a four OT 133-130 game against Kentucky and its second to No. 1 UConn.
- Scored 30 or more points nine times this season and reached the 40-point mark three times.
Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland)
- The Terps are 17-4 -- two of the losses came against undefeated Connecticut and Notre Dame -- thanks in part to 18.4 ppg., 11.0 rpg. and 3.7 apg. from Thomas.
- Posted team-highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds against Notre Dame and 21 points and 14 boards against Connecticut.