Keeping Up With USA National Team Members & Staff Around the Globe
Keeping Up With USA National Team Members & Staff Around the Globe
With USA Basketball Women’s National Team members and staff competing worldwide, it can be difficult to keep up with how everyone is faring with their various teams. However, starting today and throughout the 2015-16 season, USA Basketball will publish weekly updates on what the athletes and coaches are doing with their different programs.
Highlights this week include: Nneka Ogwumike posting a 20-point game to lead her team to a EuroLeague victory and Breanna Stewart scoring her 2,000th career point as University of Connecticut remained undefeated. Check back weekly to follow your favorite USA National Team athletes and their teams around the world.
ICYMI: Sue Bird and Candace Parker are not heading overseas this season, Maya Moore is reporting later to her China team and Diana Taurasi headed back to the United States during the recent EuroLeague break in action. All four of them took part in an Olympic promotional shoot with NBC Olympics in Hollywood the week before Thanksgiving. Take a peek at some of the action NBC Olympics has in store for its viewers ahead of the Olympics in this photo gallery.
USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, along with senior All-American Breanna Stewart and the rest of the No. 1 Huskies are a perfect 5-0 on the season (as of 12/2/15). Stewart, who has twice captured American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors this season, eclipsed the 2,000-point mark on Nov. 23 and currently has 2,077 career points (as of 12/2/15). Next up for the Huskies is a game against University of Notre Dame on Dec. 5 as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
USA National Team assistant coach Doug Bruno and his No. 20-ranked DePaul University, which fell to Connecticut 86-70 on Dec. 2, is 5-2 this season after also losing to No. 5/4 Baylor University. Next up for DePaul is Illinois State University on Dec. 5.
Also listing an unbeaten record are USA National Team assistant coach Dawn Staley’s University of South Carolina Gamecocks, who improved to 7-0 last weekend after capturing the Rainbow Wahine Showdown championship in Hawaii. Next up for USC is Duke University on Dec. 6.
Eight USA National Team members are competing on five different EuroLeague teams, including Seimone Augustus and Nnemkadi Ogwumike with Dynamo Kursk (Russia), DeWanna Bonner and Kayla McBride for Nadezhda (Russia), Brittney Griner joined Diana Taurasi with UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia), Jantel Lavender is competing for Fenerbahce (Turkey), and Danielle Robinson returned to defending EuroLeague champs ZVVZ USK Prague (Czech Republic).
DYNAMO KURSK (4-2):
- Seimone Augustus and Nneka Ogwumike helped Dynamo Kursk bounce back from its loss last week for a 98-63 victory over Uniqa Sopron (1-5) to remain unbeaten at home this season. Ogwumike paced her Russian club with 20 points to go with six boards, two assists and a pair of steals; while Augustus had six points, three rebounds and four assists.
- Next Up: Perfumerias Avenida (1-5) in Spain on Dec. 9.
- DeWanna Bonner and Kayla McBride suffered a 70-67 loss to Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (2-4) to drop to 4-2 in Group A. Bonner and McBride scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss, and Bonner also grabbed eight rebounds.
- Notable: Devereaux Peters contributed a double-double for Wisla, which started the season 0-4.
- Next Up: Castors Braine (2-4) in Belgium on Dec. 8.
UMMC EKATERINBURG (5-1):
- Brittney Griner and Diana Taursi had helped Ekat (5-1) to a perfect record through the first part of the season, but were handed a 68-54 loss by Agu Spor (4-2) in Turkey this week. A 15-0 run midway through the fourth quarter gave Agu Spor the energy to run away with the game that also saw Ekat shoot just 4-of-23 from 3-point land. The hosts, which won the third quarter 20-10, took the fourth quarter by 18-8. Griner had 21 points and seven boards. Taurasi had an off night, hit 1-of-10 from the field, and finished with four points.
- UMMC Ekaterinburg remains on top of Group A, while three teams, including Nadezhda and ZVVZ USK, are in a three-way tie for second with 4-2 records.
- Notable: former USA Junior National Team member Janel McCarville had her second-best output of the season with 14 points against UMMC.
- Next Up: ZVVZ USK Prague in Russia on Dec. 9.
- Jantel Lavender and Fenerbahce (5-1) are the top team in Group B after defeating Beretta Famila Schio in Italy by a narrow margin, 64-62. Lavender contributed 10 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
- Notable: Former DePaul standout and sister to 2015 USA U16 National Team assistant coach Samantha Quigley, Allie Quigley poured in 29 points to help propel the Turkish club to victory.
- Next Up: cross-town rival Galatasaray (4-2) at home on Dec. 9.
ZVVZ USK PRAGUE (4-2):
- Danielle Robinson and defending EuroLeague champs ZVVZ USK Prague (4-2) earned its third-straight win after downing Spar CityLift Girona (1-5) 68-43. Robinson saw fewer than seven minutes and scored two points.
- Next Up: UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia on Dec. 9.
- Stefanie Dolson returned to Turkey and is competing for Edirnespor (2-2). She is averaging a double-double of 12.5 ppg. and 10.5 rpg. in EuroCup games. Her squad sits in third place in the Group C standings after a tight, 73-30, loss to Enisey on Dec. 3.
- In EuroCup play this season, Cappie Pondexter is signed with Turkey’s Besiktas JK and leading all EuroCup scorers, and averaging 22.8 ppg. and 4.5 for her 2-2 club midway through the season. Besiktas is ranked tied for second in Group A and dropped its game this week to Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje 109-58. Pondexter scored 13 points and dished out a game-high six assists in the game.
- Also playing in Turkey is Courtney Vandersloot, who is suiting up for Orduspor and averaging 16.8 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and a EuroCup second-best 7.3 apg. Orduspor upped its record to 3-1 after a narrow, 80-78, victory over TTT Riga (3-1) behind 11 points and a game-best 12 assists from Vandersloot. The two teams are tied atop Group B.
The Chinese league is into the second stage and all three teams with USA National Team representation are still alive and in the hunt for the title.
- This marks the first season in China for Tina Charles, who is playing for Xinjiang (4-1) and averaging a league second-best 28.2 ppg., while adding a fifth-best 10.6 rpg. She has captured WCBA Player of the Week honors twice so far this year, on Nov. 7 and Nov. 12.
- Sylvia Fowles played last season for the Shanghai Octopus, returned to China and is competing for Beijing Great Wall (3-2). She is averaging a league fifth-best 19.0 ppg. and fourth-best 10.8 rpg., and has claimed Performance of the Week honors in the sixth week of the season after posting a 17-point, 14-rebound outing in a 66-53 victory over Liaoning.
- On the books for Shanxi Rui Flame (1-4) for her fourth-straight season is Maya Moore, who took the first part of the season off and will soon join her team to help the Flame fight for its fourth-consecutive China championship.
France & Turkey Domestic Leagues
In addition to the athletes listed above in the EuroLeague and EuroCup, there are additional USA National Team athletes competing in the French and Turkish leagues.
- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is suiting up for Charleville-Mezieres in France and has helped her team to a 4-3 mark in French league play. She is averaging 9.0 ppg. and 2.0 apg.
- Bria Hartley and Angel McCoughtry suit up for Mersin (4-2) in Turkey. Hartley is averaging 18.6 ppg. and 3.0 apg., while McCoughtry is contributing a league-best 26.0 ppg. to go with 9.0 rpg., 2.3 apg. and 2.8 spg.
- Odyssey Sims played one game for the top-ranked Abdullah Gul (5-1) Turkish squad, and contributed 20 points and two assists in that game.