2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
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May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

USA National Team Weekly Update: China, EuroCup Teams In Midst of Playoffs, EuroLeague Coming to a Close

February 13, 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: All four players in EuroCup action -- Seimone Augustus, Tina Charles, Candice Dupree and Lindsay Whalen -- have punched their tickets to the semifinals after sweeping their respective competition in the two-game quarterfinals. Also advancing to the semifinals of their league championship were Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner and Maya Moore, all of whom are currently competing in China. Jayne Appel, also playing in the WBCA, split the best-of-three series and will try to advance to the semifinals in Game 3 on Saturday.

In EuroLeague play, Group A, which only has six teams as compared to the seven in Groups B and C, had the week off, meaning there are no EuroLeague updates for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi) or Beretta Famila Schio (Courtney Vandersloot). Meanwhile, Angel McCoughtry and Cappie Pondexter heve kept Fenerbache undefeated with a 10-0 mark and at the top of Group B standings.

EuroLeague Group A Standings
1. UMMC EKATERINBURG 7/1 15
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 8
EuroLeague Group B Standings
1. FENERBAHCE SPORTS CLUB 10/0 20
2. NADEZHDA ORENBURG 6/5 17
3. WISLA CAN-PACK KRAKOW 6/4 16
4. RIVAS ECOPOLIS 5/5 15
5. BK IMOS BRNO 3/8 14
6. BASKET LATTES MONTPELLIER AGGLOMERATION 3/7 13
7. UNIQA EUROLEASING SOPRON 3/7 13
EuroLeague Group C Standings
1. ZVVZ USK PRAGUE 8/2 18
2. Sparta&K MR Vidnoje 7/3 17
3.
GALATASARAY ODEABANK
6/4 16
4. PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA SALAMANCA 6/4 16
5. CCC POLKOWICE 4/7 15
6.
WBC NOVI ZAGREB
2/9 13
7. KIBIRKSTIS-VICI VILNIUS 3/7 13

EuroLeague

Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi & Candace Parker (UMMC Ekaterinburg, Russia)

  • 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, while Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi are playing in both Russian and EuroLeague contests. That said, Bird competed in UMMC's first EuroLeague game, which Taurasi sat out.
  • EuroLeague Group A did not play this week.
  • Taurasi, who led the EuroLeague in scoring four seasons, is currently 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 14-1 and sits atop the standings with Bird averaging 11.6 ppg., 2.4 rpg. and 5.3 apg.; Parker is averaging 16.2 ppg., 9.2 rpg. and 2.9 apg., while Taurasi is averaging 10.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and 4.5 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.

DeWanna Bonner and Glory Johnson (Nadezhda Orenburg, Russia)

  • Nadezhda (6-5) has won five of its past six games, including this week's 70-52 victory over UE Sopron (3-7), thanks in part to 18 points, four rebounds and three steals from DeWanna Bonner.
  • Playing in all 11 games, Bonner is averaging 17.7 ppg. and 8.2 rpg., while Glory Johnson, who was moved into the EuroLeague spot by Nadezhda for its final game before the holiday break, averaged 12.0 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. in five games. She did not compete this week as Nadezhda played Temeka Johnson as the second non-European in the game.
  • 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 (12-3) is ranked second in the Russian Premier League standings and Bonner is averaging 16.4 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. in 11 games, with Glory Johnson adding 10.1 ppg. and 6.6 rpg. in 14 contests.

Jantel Lavender (Wisla-Can Pack, Krakow, Poland)

  • Wisla had a bye this week and its 6-4 record is good for third place in Group B.
  • In its last game, 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.
  • Lavender is 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 (6-5), which could determine which team finishes second in the group, and Lattes Montpellier (3-7).
  • 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 (Fenerbache, Turkey)

  • Angel McCoughtry, Cappie Pondexter and Fenerbache sit atop Group B with a perfect 10-0 record, as the only unbeaten team remaining in the league this year.
  • Fener, which had seven players score between nine and 12 points in a 78-50 victory over Lattes Montpellier (3-7), saw McCoughtry and Pondexter notch nine apiece in the win.
  • McCoughtry is currently averaging team-highs of 15.4 ppg. and 3.8 spg.; while Pondexter is averaging 9.3 ppg. and a team-high 4.4 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)

  • EuroLeague Group A did not play this week.
  • 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.

EuroCup

Seimone Augustus & Candice Dupree (Dynamo Kursk, Russia)

  • The duo of Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree helped Dynamo Kursk (10-0) advance to the 2014 EuroCup semifinals with a 66-46 victory over Mersin Buyuksehir to complete the two-game quarterfinals sweep. In a well-rounded team effort, Augustus posted six points, 11 rebounds and two steals; while Dupree finished with four points, two rebounds, one block and one steal. Courtney Paris posted a huge double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds for the losing side.
  • Augustus joined the team for its third game and is averaging 13.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 1.5 apg. through eight games; while Dupree has been with the team all season and is averaging 14.3 ppg. and 7.4 rpg.
  • The team is currently in fourth place in the Russian league with a 10-4 record and Augustus is averaging 14.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg. and 3.1 apg., while Dupree is contributing 12.2 ppg. and 6.5 rpg.

Tina Charles & Lindsay Whalen (Dynamo Moscow, Russia)

  • Dynamo Moscow (8-1) is into the EuroCup semifinals after downing Adana Botas Spor (Turkey) in both of its quarterfinals games, most recently this week's 79-53 victory. Tina Charles led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Lindsay Whalen finished with four points four boards, two assists and two steals.
  • Charles is averaging team-highs of 17.1 ppg., which ranks sixth among all EuroCup competitors, and 9.6 rpg., seventh in the EuroCup; while Whalen is averaging a team-high and EuroCup 10th-best 4.1 apg. to go with 10.0 ppg. and 3.6 rpg. in her seven games with the club.
  • Charles posted four double-doubles, which ranks sixth in the EuroCup this season.
  • There is one more non-Russian on the roster: Ana Dabovic from Serbia.
  • The team posted a 10-5 mark so far in the Russian League, and sitting in fifth place. Charles is averaging 13.0 ppg. and 8.2 rpg., while Whalen is contributing 12.3 ppg. and 4.5 apg.

China

WCBA Standings
  1. Shanxi 19-3
2. Shanghai 18-4
3. Beijing 18-4
4. Zhejiang 15-7
5. Guangdong 14-8
6. Liaoning 11-10
7. Heilongjiang 11-11
8. Bayi 9-13
9. Jiangsu 9-13
10. Yunnan 4-17
11. Shenyang 2-20
12. Shandong 1-21
No. 1 Shanxi  vs. No. 8 Bayi      
No. 2 Shanghai vs. No. 7 Heilongjiang       
No. 3 Beijing  vs. No. 6 Liaoning      
 No. 4 Zhejiang  vs. No. 5 Guangdong      
           

Game 1 (Feb. 11)

  • Shanxi 98, Bayi 76
  • Shanghai 88, Heilongjiang 72
  • Liaoning 73, Beijing 71
  • Zhejiang 76, Guangdong 69
     

Game 2 (Feb. 13)

  • Shanxi 93, Bayi 76
  • Shanghai 82, Heilongjiang 67
  • Beijing 85, Liaoning 54
  • Zhejiang 83, Guangdong 67
     

Game 3 (Feb. 15)

  • Beijing vs. Liaoning
     

The WCBA playoffs tipped-off on Feb. 11 with the best-of-three quarterfinals. Three teams booked their ticket to the semifinals, including, Maya Moore's Shanxi, the defending champs, Sylvia Fowles' Shanghai and Brittney Griner's Zhejiang; while Jayne Appel's Liaoning squad upset Beijing in the first game, fell in the second and on Saturday will play in a final game to determine which of the two teams will advance to the semifinals.

Griner and Zhejiang knocked Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Guangdong out of the playoffs.

The semis will pit Moore and Griner against each other, while the other side of the bracket will see Fowles go up against either Appel or Liz Cambage's (Australia) Beijing side.

Jayne Appel (Liaoning Hengye)

  • Jayne Appel 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, but was back in action when it mattered -- for the quarterfinals games against Beijing. Appel scored 15 points and and grabbed six rebounds to help her team upset Beijing 73-71 in the first game, and scored 12 points in the 85-54 loss in Game 2.
  • Averaging a league sixth-best 23.7 ppg., a WCBA third-best 11.3 rpg. and fifth-best 1.4 bpg.
  • Liaoning finished the season in 6th place with an 11-10 record.

Sylvia Fowles (Shanghai Octopus)

  • Sylvia Fowles and her Shanghai squad downed Heilongjiang, which was without the services of Aussie Lauren Jackson, 88-72 and 82-67 to advance to the WCBA semifinals.
  • Fowles posted a monster stat line in the first game -- 44 points on 21-of-25 shooting from the field, 17 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and three steals -- and then contributed 29 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocked shots in the second victory.
  • Scored 20 points in the 2014 WCBA All-Star Game to help the South squad defeat the North 107-95.
  • Averaging a WCBA third-best 29.9 ppg., ranks first for rebounds at 12.2 rpg., and sixth for blocks with 1.1 bpg.

Brittney Griner (Zhejiang Far East)

  • Brittney Griner's Zhejiang team knocked Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Guangdon out of the playoffs by taking a 76-69 victory in the first game and winning 83-67 in the second.
  • Griner contributed 33 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1 and followed that up with 30 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots in the second contest.
  • Threw down four dunks and posted 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Southern team to a 107-95 victory over the Northern squad in the 2014 WCBA All-Star Game, earning MVP honors in the process.
  • Helped Zhejiang (15-7) to fourth place in the regular season standings.
  • Averaging a WBCA seventh-best 22.9 ppg., fifth-best 10.3 rpg. and is leading the league with 3.9 bpg.

Maya Moore (Shanxi Fames)

  • Maya Moore aided Shanxi to the semifinals with a pair of victories, 98-76 and 93-76 versus Bayi. She posted 23 points, 18 boards and five assists in the first game and followed that up wtih 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the second.
  • After sitting out the 2013 WCBA All-Star Game, scored 10 points and dished out a game-high eight assists for the Northern team.
  • Leads the WCBA in scoring (38.4 ppg.) and steals (3.9 spg.), and ranks second in assists (5.0 apg.).

Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Guangdong Dolphins)

  • Brittney Griner's Zhejiang team knocked Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Guangdon out of the playoffs by taking a 76-69 victory in the first game and winning 83-67 in the second.
  • Ogwumike contributed 14 points, three assist and four steals in the opening quarterfinals game and 13 points and five boards in the second.
  • Closed out the year averaging 27.5 ppg,. 8.4 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 2.1 spg.

NCAA

Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut)

  • Despite being hampered by injuries, including the recent loss of four-time USA Basketball gold medalist Morgan Tuck for the remainder of the season, the trio of Stefanie Dolson (12.6 ppg., 9.3 rpg., 3.5 apg., 2.4 bpg.), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (12.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.4 apg.) and Breanna Stewart (19.4 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 3.1 apg., 2.6 bpg.) have aided the Huskies to a perfect 25-0 record and a No. 1 ranking. (all stats as of Feb. 12).
  • Mosqueda-Lewis injured her elbow in the team's second game and sat out eight games.

Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame)

  • Averaging 17.0 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 3.7 apg., for the 23-0 Irish squad ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Odyssey Sims (Baylor University)

  • Averaging an eye-popping 30.2 ppg., to go with and 4.5 rpg. and 4.5 apg. for the No. 7 Bears (21-3), 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 11 times this season and reached the 40-point mark three times.

Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland)

  • The Terps are ranked No. natioally with a 19-4 record -- two of the losses came against undefeated Connecticut and Notre Dame -- thanks in part to 18.6 ppg., 10.7 rpg. and 3.9 apg. from Thomas.
  • Posted team-highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds against Notre Dame and 21 points and 14 boards against Connecticut.