USA Basketball Women’s National Team Weekly Update
Four 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team members are currently competing in China, 11 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, had an easy time in their first game, 102-43 over UC Davis. However, it was the team’s second game that sent shockwaves through the college basketball world. Everyone expected UConn to have an easy time at Stanford, but the Cardinal, coached by 1996 U.S. Olympic Team head coach Tara VanDerveer, took the Huskies to overtime and came away with an 88-86 victory. Through two games, Mosqueda-Lewis leads the team in scoring (21.0 ppg., 4.5 rpg.), while Stewart is ranked second for points and leads on the glass (19.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 5.0 apg.). UConn has one game over the next week, at home versus Creighton on Nov. 23.
CHINA ROUNDS 6-8
Candice Dupree: After starting out with a 1-4 record, Dupree’s Zhejiang squad picked up another win this week and now stands at 2-6. Dupree is averaging 17.7 ppg. and 13.0 rpg. The week started off with two losses, including a 97-68 defeat at the hands of Jiangsu (5-3) and Guangdong (6-2) ripped off a 102-77 victory on Nov. 18. However, the final game of the week saw Dupree contribute 16 points and 16 rebounds in an 85-73 win over Sichuan (1-7).
Sylvia Fowles: Earned Player of the Week honor for Round 6, her second such honor of the season, after posting 40 points and 15 boards in a 92-82 overtime win over Sichuan (1-7). Her Shanghai squad is in a three-way tie with Shanxi and Beijing at the top of the standings with a 7-1 record. In addition to the OT win over Sichuan, Shanghai defeated Jiangsu (5-3) 79-74 and another close one, 78-74, over Bayi (3-5), in which Fowles added 31 points and 17 rebounds.
Brittney Griner: Playing for Beijing Great Wall (7-1), Griner led her team three victories this week -- 106-69 over Shenyang (5-3), 86-49 over Liaoning (3-5) and 104-46 over Heilongjiang (1-7). She is averaging 22.9 ppg., 6.4 rpg. and 2.1 bpg. in first seven games.
Maya Moore: Averaging 33.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 5.3 apg. and 3.0 spg., Moore is leading two-time defending champs Shanxi Flames (7-1) in its quest for a third-straight title. The team dropped its first game of the season, falling to host Shenyang Golden Lions (5-3) 85-75, despite a 40-point effort by Moore, who went 10-of-10 from the line. The Flames’ loss was sandwiched by a pair of wins -- 82-62 over Heilongjiang (1-7) and 79-61 over Henan (1-7).
|1. Shanxi (Moore)||7-1|
|2. Shanghai (Fowles)||7-1|
|3. Beijing (Griner)||7-1|
|9. Zhejiang (Dupree)||2-6|
USA National Team Members Among Top 10 WCBA Leaders
Points: Moore (1st, 33.3 ppg.), Fowles (2nd, 30.2 ppg.), Griner (4th, 24.0 ppg.)
Rebounds: Fowles (1st, 15.0 rpg.), Dupree (3rd, 12.4 rpg.), Moore (10th, 6.7 rpg.)
Assists: Moore (3rd, 5.3 apg.)
Steals: Moore (2nd, 3.0 spg.), Fowles (3rd, 3.0 spg.)
Blocked Shots: Griner (1st, 2.3 bpg.), Fowles (2nd, 1.8 bpg.), Dupree (10th, 0.6 bpg.)
EUROCUP WEEK 1
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: put up 16 points and nine rebounds to help Russia’s Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje (3-0) remain unbeaten and atop Group C standings with a 66-49 win over Turkey’s Orduspur (1-2). Trailing 18-13 after the first quarter, Spartak got four points from Dolson in the second to help power a 25-9 second-quarter surge to give the visitors a 37-27 halftime lead. Spartak continued to pull away in the second half for the eventual 17-point win.
Bria Hartley and Kayla McBride: helped Hungary’s UE Sopron (3-0) remain unbeaten with an 83-76 victory over visiting Belfius Namur (1-2) of Belgium. McBride powered her team to the win with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Hartley struggled from the field (3-13 FGs) and finished with seven points to go with four assists and two steals.
EUROLEAGUE WEEK 3
Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker’s UMMC Ekaterinburg team (2-0) have 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 has no byes on the schedule.
GROUP A - Week 3
ZVVZ USK Prague 67, Wisla Can-Pack 66
Host ZVVZ USK Prague (1-1) fought back from a 63-55 deficit late in the game and edged out the visiting Wisla Can-Pack (2-1) club 67-66 in the Czech Republic. USA National Team members Jantel Lavender (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Courtney Vandersloot (9 points, 3 rebounds) were outpaced in the end by former USA National Team member Kia Vaughn, who posted 13 points and 13 rebounds for Prague.
Dynamo Kursk 72, Galatasaray 68
Nnemkadi Ogwumike was impressive with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, while Seimone Augustus pitched in an equally-impressive 15 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead Dynamo Kursk (1-1) to a 72-68 win over defending EuroLeague champion Galatasaray (0-3).
GROUP B - Week 3
Nadezhda 78, Bourges Basket 68
Leading 35-33 at halftime, DeWanna Bonner (22 points) and Glory Johnson (14 points, 10 rebounds) helped Nadezhda (2-1) take a 78-68 victory from visiting Bourges Basket (2-1).
Fenerbahce 76, Energa Torun 63
A 31-point (11-15 FGs, 9-9 FTs) outburst from Angel McCoughtry helped Fenerbahce (3-0) remain undefeated in EuroLeague action after the Turkish squad took down Poland’s Energa Torun (1-2) at home, 76-63. McCoughtry teamed with Tina Charles to score 14 points in Fener’s 21-9 first quarter outburst. Ahead 10, 34-24, at halftime, Fener was up by as many as 20 points late in the third and cruised in for the win. Charles finished the night with 14 points and five rebounds.
Beretta Famila Schio 87, BK IMOS Brno 58
Chiney Ogwumike missed a double-double, but her 22 points (10-14 FGs) and eight rebounds were enough to help her Beretta Famila (1-2) team pick up its first EuroLeague win of the year with an 87-58 rout of BK IMOS Brno (0-3).
EuroLeague Stats Leaders
Points: 1. Ogwumike, N. (23.0), 2. McCoughtry, A. (20.3), 4. Ogwumike, C. (19.3), 7. Bonner, D. (17.7), 8. Taurasi, D. (17.0), 10. Lavender, J. (16.0), 18. Parker, C. (14.5), 20. Charles, T. (13.7).
Rebounds: 1. Lavender, J. (13.3), 2. Ogwumike, N. (13.0), 4. Parker, C. (9.5), 11. Johnson, G. (8.0), 16. Ogwumike, C. (7.3), 18. Bonner, D. (6.7).
Assists: 2. Taurasi, D. (6.5 apg.), 20. Augustus (3.0).
2014-15 EuroLeague Standings
|1.||Wisla Can-Pack Krakow||2-1|
|2.||Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration||2-1|
|4.||Good Angels Kosice||1-2|
|5.||VVZ USK Praha||1-1|
|2.||Tango Bourges Basket||2-1|
|3.||Club Baloncesto Avenida||2-1|
|4.||Nadezhda Orenburg Region||2-1|
|5.||Agü Spor Kulübü||1-2|
|7.||Beretta Famila Schio||1-2|
|8.||BK IMOS Brno||0-3|
Cappie Pondexter was called to join the Dandedong Rangers of the Australian WNBL league, where she has played eight games for the 2-6 squad. She is averaging 17.6 ppg. and 4.0 apg. thus far and is playing along former Phoenix Mercury teammate Penny Taylor.
Odyssey Sims and Alyssa Thomas are teaming up for Hanabank, which is currently 2-6 through the first eight games of the 37-round season. Sims is averaging a league second-bests of 17.8 ppg. and 2.1 spg., and a third-best 3.5 apg.; while Thomas is averaging a league fifth-best of 15.0 ppg., third-best 8.4 rpg. and a seventh-best 2.6 apg.