USA Women’s National Team Overseas and NCAA Weekly Update
Four 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team members are currently competing in China, 12 are in the EuroLeague, three are competing in the EuroCup, one is in Australia, two are in South Korea and two are still in college. The remaining athletes are either staying in the United States during the WNBA off-season or have not yet reported to an overseas team.
Every Thursday throughout the 2014-15 season, USA Basketball will report on the progress of the athletes competing overseas and in NCAA action.
Below are recaps (in order) from the NCAA, China, EuroCup, EuroLeague, Australia and South Korea. Check back weekly to see how each player is progressing through the season.
NCAA - UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach Geno Auriemma and his Huskies, including USA National Team members Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, open play on Nov. 14 at UC Davis. They defeated Auriemma’s alma mater, West Chester, 115-26 in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2 and downed Post University 117-44 in a second exhibition on Nov. 9.
The Huskies season opener (10 p.m. EDT) will be streamed live on ESPN3.
CHINA ROUND 4 & 5
Candice Dupree: Despite averaging 18.8 ppg. and 11.3 rpg., Dupree’s Zhejiang squad is near the bottom of the rankings with a 1-4 record. The team picked up its first victory this week, however, a 91-79 win over Bayi (2-3) and an 88-64 defeat to Sylvia Fowles’ Shanghai team.
Sylvia Fowles: Earned Player of the Week honor for Round 4 after posting a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds in a 75-82 loss to Guangdong (3-2). Helped Shanghai (4-1) bounce back from that loss with an 88-64 victory over Dupree’s Zhejiang (1-4) team with another double-double, this time with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Brittney Griner: Playing for Beijing Great Wall (4-1), Griner led her team to a split this week, defeating Henan (0-5) 96-73 in Round 4, but falling to Maya Moore’s Shanxi (5-0) 70-62 in Round 5. Griner posted 24 points and seven rebounds against Shanxi and 27 points against Henan this week.
Maya Moore: Averaging 34.8 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 5.2 apg., Moore is leading two-time defending champs Shanxi Flames in its quest for a third-straight title. The team, undefeated in its five games,
defeated Liaoning (2-3) 77-61 and Brittney Griner’s Beijing Great Wall team 70-62.
USA National Team Members Among Top 10 WCBA Leaders
Points: Moore (1st, 34.8 ppg.), Fowles (3rd, 27.8 ppg.), Griner (5th, 22.5 ppg.), Dupree (10th, 18.8 ppg.)
Rebounds: Fowles (1st, 15.0 rpg.), Dupree (4th, 11.3 rpg.), Moore (7th, 7.2 rpg.)
Assists: Moore (3rd, 5.2 apg.)
Steals: Moore (2nd, 3.4 spg.), Fowles (3rd, 2.5 spg.)
Blocked Shots: Griner (1st, 2.3 bpg.), Fowles (3rd, 1.5 bpg.)
EUROCUP WEEK 2
The EuroCup is comprised of seven first round groups of four teams and one group of three. Following a double round-robin (home and away) in each group, the top two finishing teams will be seeded and advance to the knockout stages, beginning with round of 16 and continuing through the finals. Each playoff round will consist of a home and away game, with the aggregate score between each pair of teams determining the winner for advancement to the next round. The champion will have an opportunity to contend as a wildcard entry to the 2015-16 EuroLeague competition.
Stefanie Dolson, competing for four-time EuroLeague champion Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje (RUS), Dolson put up 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Spartak up its record to 2-0 with an 85-77 win over Mersin (TUR) at home. Former USA National Team member Michelle Snow packed in a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds for Mersin. (Spartak leads Group C)
Bria Hartley and Kayla McBride teamed up to aid UE Sopron (HUN) to a 2-0 mark as the team notched a narrow 65-62 win over Basket Landes (FRA). Sopron held a 10-point lead, 55-45, after a Hartley 3-pointer with 6:35 left in the game. However, Basket Landes outscored the visitors 17-10 over the remainder of the game, but time ran out and Sopron went home with the win. Hartley contributed 15 points and six rebounds, while McBride added 13 points and eight boards.
EUROLEAGUE WEEK 2
Danielle Robinson’s ZVVA USK Prague (0-1) had a bye this week. With just seven teams in Group A, one team will have a bye each week. Group B features eight teams and will have no byes on the schedule.
GROUP A - Week 2 Recaps
UMMC Ekaterinburg 74, BLMA 58
With the help of of Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker, 2013 EuroLeague champ UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS) stormed past BLMA (FRA) 74-58 in France. Following a close first quarter, which saw Ekat take a 20-16 lead late in the period, the Russian club outscored BLMA 22-15 in the second quarter for a 42-31 halftime lead. Ekat continued to pull away in the second half for the win. Taurasi finished the night with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Parker added seven points and eight boards.
Wisla Can-Pack 77, Dynamo Kursk 62
Making her 2014-15 EuroLeague debut, Nnemkadi Ogwumike put up 24 points and 15 rebounds en route to earning EuroLeague Player of the Week honors. While she shined for Dynamo Kursk (RUS), it was Jantel Lavender and Courtney Vandersloot’s Wisla Can-Pack (POL) squad that took the victory. The hosts, behind 18 points and four assists from Vandersloot and 16 points and 12 rebounds from Lavender, defeated Kursk 77-62. Seimone Augustus saw limited minutes for Dynamo Kursk and did not score.
Good Angels Kosice 68, Galatasaray 67
Trailing most of the game, Good Angels Kosice (SVK) outscored host Galatasaray (TUR) 21-13 in the fourth quarter and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the contest to earn the narrow 68-67 victory. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member Asjha Jones scored eight points and pulled in six boards to help Good Angels pick up the win.
GROUP B- Week 2 Recaps
Fenerbahce 85, BK IMOS Brno 52
Fenerbahce (TUR) jumped to a 47-27 halftime lead and cruised through the second half for an eventual 85-52 victory over BK IMOS Brno (CZE). Angel McCoughtry, 12 points, and Tina Charles eight points, saw limited playing time, most likely due to the lopsided game, which saw Fener up its record to 2-0.
CB Avenida 61, Nadezhda 50
CB Avenida (ESP) remained unbeaten after dropping visiting Nadezhda Orenburg (RUS) 61-50. Nadezhda outscored the hosts 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 32-28 lead at the half. However, Avenida came back in the second half and held a 43-40 edge heading into the final stanza, which saw the hosts outscore the Russian club 18-10 for the win. The Spanish squad, made up of many of Spain’s national team atheltes, was led by Marta Xargay, while DeWanna Bonner (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Glory Johnson (11 points, 6 rebounds) finished as Nadezhda’s top two scorers and rebounders.
Energa Torun 83, Agu Spor 78
There are no USA National Team players on either team. Energa Torun (POL) was led by Tijana Ajdukov’s 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Agu Spor (TUR) saw Lara Sanders post 23 points and 10 boards.
Bourges Basket 79, Beretta Famila 67
Despite 12 points and six boards from Chiney Ogwumike, and an additional 11 points from former USA Junior National Team member Jolene Anderson, Beregga Famila (ITA) fell to Bourges Basket (FRA) 79-67 in France. Beretta dropped to 0-2 in EuroLeague action.
2014-15 EuroLeague Standings
|1.||Wisla Can-Pack Krakow||2/0|
|4.||Good Angels Kosice||1/1|
|6.||VVZ USK Praha||0/1|
|1.||Tango Bourges Basket||2/0|
|3.||Club Baloncesto Avenida||2/0|
|5.||Nadezhda Orenburg Region||1/1|
|6.||Agü Spor Kulübü||0/2|
|7.||Beretta Famila Schio||0/2|
|8.||BK IMOS Brno||0/2|
Cappie Pondexter was called to join the Dandedong Rangers of the Australian WNBL league, where she has played seven games for the 2-5 squad. She is averaging 18.9 ppg. and 3.7 apg. thus far in the season and is playing along former Phoenix Mercury teammate Penny Taylor.
Odyssey Sims and Alyssa Thomas are teaming up for Hanabank, which is currently 2-4 through the first six games of the 37-round season. Sims is averaging a league second-bests of 18.7 ppg. and 2.0 spg., and a fifth-best 2.8 apg.; while Thomas is averaging a league fourth-bests of 15.0 ppg. and 8.4 rpg. and a ninth-best 2.6 apg.