2013-16 USA Basketball Women's National Team Hopefuls Update: Early Season Recap
December 5, 2013
Now that the EuroLeague, EuroCup, China Women's Basketball League and NCAA seasons are underway, USA Basketball will post weekly updates on how atheltes from the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp are faring in their various leagues around the world. While some like Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins have opted to remain in the States all winter, others will be heading over to Europe in the coming months. As the seasons continue, we'll add more informtation, especially as it pertains to standings and playoff hopes. But for now, check out how some of the 2013-16 USA National Team hopefuls are faring around the world.
Sue Bird (UMMC Ekaterinburg, Russia)
- Scored 13 points, dished out eight assists in her one EuroLeague game so far this season. Due to EuroLeague rules, only two non-Euros are allowed to play in league matches and Ekat (4-0) must chose between Bird, Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi. Bird has helped UMMC go 6-0 in the Russian league.
DeWanna Bonner (Nadezhda Orenburg, Russia)
- Posted 15 points, five rebounds and two assists to help Nadezhda (1-4) capture its first victory in EuroLeague action, a 71-49 defeat of UE Sopron in Week 5 action. Averaging 17.2 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. in five games, but her club has to pick up the pace if it has a chance of advancing to the second round.
- Playing alongside Temeka Johnson and Kelly Miller, who has a Russian passport, as well as Spain's Anna Cruz.
Jantel Lavender (Wisla-Can Pack, Krakow, Poland)
- Averaging a EuroLeague-best 23.5 ppg. and fifth-best 9.3 rpg. for the 2-2 Wisla team.
- Playing alongside Allie Quigley, the two have combined to score 142 (35.5 ppg.) of the team's 263 (65.8 ppg.) points through three games.
Angel McCoughtry (Fenerbache, Turkey)
- Averaging a EuroLeague fifth-best 19.3 ppg. to go with 7.3 rpg. in leading Fener to a 4-0 mark.
- Also featured on Fener's roster is Cappie Pondexter, Turkish passport holder Quanitra Hollingsworth, Poland's Agnieszka 'Biba' Bibrzycka and Turkey's Birsel Vardarli.
Candace Parker (UMMC Ekaterinburg, Russia)
- Paced Ekat to its 4-0 start with EuroLeague-bests of 14.0 rpg. and 73.3 percent shooting from the field, while also contributing 19.3 ppg., good for No. 4 among all EuroLeague competitors.
- Won EuroLeague Week 4 MVP honors on Nov. 29 after posting 35 points and 16 rebounds in a 72-68 victory over Prague.
Cappie Pondexter (Fenerbache, Turkey)
- Averaging 8.8 ppg. and and a team-best 5.0 apg. for her 4-0 club.
- 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.
Diana Taurasi (UMMC Ekaterinburg, Russia)
- Ekat is off to a 4-0 start, which saw Taurasi suit up starting with its second game.
- Averaging a EuroLeague second-best 7.0 apg., while adding 10.3 ppg. and 3.7 rpg.
- 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.
Courtney Vandersloot (HAT-AGRO Uni Györ)
- Averaging 18.3 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 3.5 apg. and 2.5 spg. for Györ (0-4), which is still looking to pick up its first win. .
- The team includes Joslyn Tinkle, but doesn'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.
Seimone Augustus (Dynamo Kursk, Russia)
- Playing alongside Candice Dupree for Dynamo Kursk, which has a perfect 5-0 record.
- Joined the team for its third game and is averaging 14.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 2.7 apg. through three games.
Tina Charles (Dynamo Moscow, Russia)
- Charles is averaging team-highs of 18.4 ppg. and 9.8 rpg. in helping lead Dynamo to a 4-1 record to start the season.
- With its victory on her 25th birthday, Charles and Dynamo earned a slot in the EuroCup Eighth-Finals.
- 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.
- In addition to U.S. Olympic teammate Lindsay Whalen, there is one more non-Russian on the roster: Ana Dabovic from Serbia.
Candice Dupree (Dynamo Kursk, Russia)
- Aided Dynamo Kursk to a perfect 5-0 record and a berth in the EuroCup Eighth-Finals.
- Averaging team-highs of 17.0 ppg. and 7.4 rpg.
Lindsay Whalen (Dynamo Moscow, Russia)
- Playing alongside Tina Charles, is averaging 10.4 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 4.4 apg. in leading Dynamo to a berth in the EuroCup Eighth-Finals and a 4-1 record. .
Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Maya Moore and Nneka Ogwumike are all playing in China. Moore and Shanxi are currently tied with Beijing atop the standings with a perfect 5-0 record, Fowles' Shanghai and Ogwumike's Guangdong teams are both 4-1, while Griner's Zhejiang squad is 2-3.
- The trio of Dolson (14.1 ppg., 10.6 rpg.), Mosqueda-Lewis (10.5 ppg.) and Stewart (17.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) have aided the Huskies to a perfect 9-0 record and a No. 1 ranking. (stats as of Dec. 1)
- Mosqueda-Lewis injured her elbow in the team's second game and has sat out since then.
Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame)
- Averaging 15.1 ppg. and 6.1 rpg. for the 7-0 Irish squad.
Odyssey Sims (Baylor University)
- Averaging an eye-popping 27.6 ppg. and 5.1 apg. for the 6-0 Bears.
Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland)
- The Terps are 8-1 -- its only loss coming against Connecticut 72-55 -- thanks in part to 17.0 ppg. and 11.2 rpg. from Thomas.