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USA Women’s National Team Weekly Update: Geno Auriemma Notches 900th Victory at UConn

  • Date:
    Feb 5, 2015

Two 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team members currently are competing in China, 11 are in the EuroLeague, three are on EuroCup teams, one is in Australia, two began the season in South Korea and two are still in college. The remaining athletes are staying in the United States during the WNBA offseason.

Every Thursday throughout the 2014-15 season, USA Basketball will report on the progress of the athletes competing overseas and in the NCAA here in the United States.

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 throughout the season. 

NCAA - University of Connecticut

2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach Geno Auriemma hit a very impressive milestone last week, coaching the Huskies to his 900th career victory. Auriemma in December became the women’s NCAA Division I leader for winning percentage, surpassing Leon Barmore’s .8688. Auriemma’s current winning percentage is .8704. He currently ranks tied for fifth, alongside former Texas head coach Jody Conradt (900, 38 seasons), among women’s NCAA Division I head coaches in terms of total victories with 900, and he reached the 900-win mark faster than any other women’s coach. Next on the list ahead of Auriemma is Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer with 944 in her 34th season. At the top is Pat Summitt, who won 1,098 games in 38 years at Tennessee.

In addition to Auriemma, the USA National Team roster includes Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, who have helped the Huskies to a 21-1 record this season, including a 11-0 record in the American Athletic Conference.

Stewart, who is averaging 16.7 points per game this season ranks 16th among all-time Huskie scorers, having scored 1,655 career points. She’s also contributing 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. 

Mosqueda-Lewis, who eclipsed former Husky All-American Diana Taurasi’s record of 318 for all-time career 3-pointers at Connecticut and now has 339 for her career, is averaging 14.2 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 2.7 apg. She has shot 64 3s this season, an average of 3.0 per game and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.508).

One of the Huskies’ upcoming games to circle on the calendar is the Feb. 9 contest versus Dawn Staley’s No. 1-ranked Gamecocks. Played in Storrs, Connecticut, the game is already sold out. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EST.

CHINA: Semifinals Action Heating Up

SEMIFINALS: Four USA National Team members started the season in China -- Candice Dupree, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner and Maya Moore -- but only two remain. Dupree’s team did not advance to the second round, and she? has since moved to Russia to compete for Nadezhda Orenburg. Fowles made it to the quarterfinals, but was ousted last week. Remaining in the title hunt are Griner and two-time defending champion Moore. 

Both Griner’s Beijing team and Moore’s Shanxi squad split their two games last week in the best-of-five semifinals series.

Shanxi opened with an 83-78 win over Bayi on Feb. 3, but dropped its Feb. 5 contest, 76-68. Meanwhile, Beijing lost its opener to Jiangsu 85-77, but picked up a win in the second game, 75-63.


The EuroCup was 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 were seeded and advanced to the knockout stages, beginning with round of 16 and continuing through the finals. The EuroCup first round is complete and the round of 16 games were played Jan. 15 and 22. The quarterfinals are slated for Feb. 4-5 and 11-12, semifinals will be played Feb. 26 and March 5, while the finals will be contested March 19 and 26.


Each playoff round consists 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:  

Dolson and Spartak Moscow Region (6-2) are out of the playoffs, having been dropped in the round of 16. However, while its EuroCup campaign has come to an end for this year, Spartak is very much alive in the Russian League. The club is 8-5 and sitting in fourth place behind undefeated UMMC Ekaterinburg (12-0), Nadezhda Orenburg (10-2) and Dynamo Kursk (10-3). Dolson is averaging 11.0 ppg. and 4.1 rpg. in the 10 Russia League games in which she has competed.

Bria Hartley and Kayla McBride:

Hartley, McBride and Hungary’s UE Sopron (8-1) were handed their first EuroCup loss of the season after being edged 78-77 by host Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (8-1) in the first quarterfinal game of this series. McBride was held to eight points, while Hartley contributed 16 points and four rebounds. Sopron will have a bit of an edge, because the second game of the series will be played next week in Hungary in a must-win situation if it hopes to move to the semifinals.

In EuroCup action, McBride is averaging a team-high of 17.2 ppg. to go with 6.2 rpg., while Hartley is contributing 11.8 ppg. and 3.3 apg.



Bye Week: Jantel Lavender and Courtney Vandersloot with Wisla Can-Pack (4-6).

Diana Taurasi scored 23 points and dished out six assists against her former club and Candace Parker added 14 points and nine rebounds to help lead UMMC Ekaterinburg (9-1) to a 67-56 victory over Galatasaray (4-7). Reigning champion Gala is now teetering on the brink of not making the playoffs.


Trailing by four points, 56-52, heading into the fourth quarter, ZVVZ USK Prague (5-5) outscored host Good Angels Kosice (2-9) 22-14 in the final stanza to take a 74-70 win to keep its playoff hopes alive as Danielle Robinson contributed six points and three assists.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike continued pouring in double-doubles, this time with 20 points and 10 boards, as  Dynamo Kursk (8-2) collected a 69-61 win over Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration (4-6) and is sitting solidly in second place in the Group A standings. Averaging 20.6 ppg. and 1.9 rpg., Ogwumike has a league-leading nine double-doubles in 10 games.



Behind 12 points and five rebounds from Candice Dupree, Nadezhda Orenburg (8-4) took down BK IMOS Brno (0-12) 78-50 and got one step closer to a playoff berth. DeWanna Bonner did not compete against the winless Brno.

Lindsay Whalen posted 14 points, four rebounds and seven assists to help Agu Spor (6-6) earn a much-needed, 80-74, victory over Beretta Famila Schio (5-7).

Fenerbahce (10-2) was handed a rare loss when host Bourges Basket (7-5) ran to a 20-10 lead at the first quarter and managed to pull off a 67-61 upset, despite a 15-point, 11-rebound effort from Tina Charles. Bourges is dangerous at home, having earned 12-straight victories on its own court. Charles added three steals to her haul. Angel McCoughtry scored 10 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

EuroLeague Stats Leaders

Points:  1. Ogwumike (20.7 ppg.); 2.  Charles (17.1 ppg.); 3. Lavender (16.7 ppg.); 4. Taurasi (16.7 ppg.); 5. Bonner (16.5 ppg.); 7.  McCoughtry  (15.8 ppg.); 8. Parker (15.3 ppg.); 18.  Augustus  (12.9 ppg.).

Rebounds: 1. Ogwumike (12.1 rpg.); 3. Parker  (10.6 rpg.); 5. Lavender (10.3 rpg.); 17. Charles (7.1 rpg.); 18. Bonner (6.9 rpg.); 20. McCoughtry (6.3 rpg.).


Assists: 2.  Taurasi (6.4 apg.), 7.  Vandersloot   (4.3 apg.).

2014-15 EuroLeague Standings






UMMC Ekaterinburg



Dynamo Kursk






Galatasaray Odeabank






Wisla Can-Pack Krakow



Good Angels Kosice








Fenerbahce Istanbul



Club Baloncesto Avenida



Nadezhda Orenburg Region



Tango Bourges Basket



Agü Spor Kulübü



Beretta Famila Schio



Energa Torun






After starting the season 2-6, Cappie Pondexter and the Dandedong Rangers (12-7) are on a eight-game winning streak and are sitting in third place behind Townsville (15-4) and Bendigo (14-6). The Rangers, who have two games remaining in the regular season, dropped West Coast (4-16) last week 87-80. Pondexter contributed 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the victory. The Rangers close out the season against Melbourne (9-10) on Feb. 7, Adelaide (5-15) on Feb. 13 and Townsville on Feb. 15.

Playing alongside former Phoenix Mercury teammate Penny Taylor, Pondexter is averaging 16.4 points and a league fifth-best 4.3 assists a game. Taylor is putting up a league second-best 20.6 ppg., as well as 6.5 rpg. and 3.9 apg.


Odyssey Sims and Alyssa Thomas suit up for Hanabank, which is currently 7-21 through its first 28 games of the 37-round season. The team dropped both games last week, falling to S-Birds (18-10) 63-59 on Jan. 30 and 71-66 against Bichumi (13-15). Thomas is averaging league-leading 18.9 ppg. and 10.7 rpg., to go with a third-best 3.8 apg., and ninth-bests of 1.2 spg. and 0.8 bpg. Sims is averaging 11.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg. and 2.3 apg.

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