April 2, 2013: In Israel where the top four teams qualify for the two-round playoffs, Karima Christmas and Maccabi Ramat Hen were tied for fourth place in the standings but missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker. Ramat Henís season is over. Briann January and Ramat Hasharon, meanwhile, were the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and currently are tied 1-1 in their semifinal series with Elitzur Ramla. In Game 1, a 79-70 win for Hasharon, January had game highs of 25 points and 10 assists, with three 3-pointers. Teammate Jessica Breland, who will join the Fever training camp in May, tallied 20 points with five rebounds. In Game 2, a 61-52 loss, Breland paced Hasharon with 13 points and 12 boards, while January struggled with just four points and four assists, shooting 2-of-8 from the floor. A decisive Game 3 is April 3.
March 13, 2013: In Israelís second round of competition, both Karima Christmas (Maccabi Ramat Hen) and Briann January (Ramat Hasharon) have remained active among the top tier of teams in the Israeli League. On Monday though, Christmas and Ramat Hen fell 76-69 to Elitzur Ramla while January and Hasharon fell 78-63 to top-ranked and unbeaten Maccabi Ashdod.
January had 21 points, three rebounds and three assists for Ramat Hasharon (9-11) which remained in third place while losing to the defending champs. Christmas had a double-double for 5th-place Ramat Hen (8-12), finishing with 17 points, 13 boards and four assists. Christmas averages 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in her second season overseas. January, second in the league in assists, averages 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.
March 8, 2013: Maccabi Ramat Hen lost its fourth straight contest and fell to 8-11 overall, despite 12 points and six rebounds from Karima Christmas. Ramat Hen lost 76-49 against visiting Maccabi Ashdod (18-0) who took advantage of 23 Ramat Hen turnovers to remain unbeaten.
Ramat Hasharon won its third straight game to raise its record to 9-10 and remain in third place in the Israeli League standings. Battling Elitzur Holon, with whom Hasharon was tied entering the contest, Briann January had 15 points and nine assists to help her team to an 87-65 win. With January at the helm, Hasharon dished 25 assists on a total of 33 baskets. Hasharon took a lead in the opening minutes and never looked back, extending its lead while controlling the entire game. Fever free agent Jessica Breland was one of five double-figure scorers, adding 10 points and five rebounds.
January 24, 2013: Maccabi Ramat Hen and Ramat Hasharon both were upset on their home courts Monday night. Already tied for third place in the Israeli League, both teams fell to 6-7 to join Hapoel Petah Tikva in a three-way deadlock. For Ramat Hen, Karima Christmas contributed nine points and five rebounds during a 75-71 loss to Elitzur Netanya. In 13 appearances, Christmas is her teamís top scorer and rebounder with 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She ranks fourth in the league in rebounds. For Hasharon, Briann January returned to play after missing a game on Jan. 14. January shot just 2-of-10 from the floor and contributed six points with three rebounds and two assists as Hasharon fell 76-54 to Elitzur Holon. In 11 games, she averages 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists which ranks third in the Israeli League.
January 17, 2013: Maccabi Ramat Hen lost twice last week and Ramat Hasharon lost its only game of the week on Jan. 10 as Karima Christmas and Briann January remained in a third-place deadlock with their respective teams in the Israeli League. January did not play in Ramat Hasharonís four-point loss to last-place Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion last Thursday. Christmas, meanwhile, scored 19 points with 12 rebounds in a 76-75 loss to Elitzur Holon. Against Elitzur Ramla on Monday, Christmas totaled 11 points and eight boards in a 68-63 defeat. Four regular season games remain prior to Israelís postseason tournament.
December 12, 2012: Briann January and Karima Christmas are sharing second-place in the Israeli League with their respective teams. Both Ramat Hasharon and Maccabi Ramat Hen got wins this week.
Five Ramat Hasharon players finished in double-figures to defeat Elitzur Holon 108-64 on Dec. 10. January finished the game with a double-double recording 10 points and 17 assists. She was two rebounds away from a triple-double, with eight rebounds.
Christmas finished with a team-high 19 points to help lead her team to an 81-74 win over Elitzur Netanya. She finished shooting 8-for-12, including 1-for-2 from behind the arc. Christmas added six rebounds and two assists.
Both teams are 3-2 on the season and will back in action on Monday, Dec. 17.
December 7, 2012: Despite solid performances from Briann January and Karima Christmas, both of their respective teams fell last week in the Israeli League.
Christmasí team, Maccabi Ramat Hen, fell 79-69 to Elitzur Ramala. Maccabi Ramat Hen had a slow start and could never fully recover, despite cutting the deficit to three points in the second quarter. Christmas led her team with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added a team-high eight rebounds.
January played 34 minutes in Ramat Hasharonís 75-66 loss to Hapoel Petah Tikva on Nov. 29. January scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting. She added five rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Maccabi Ramat Hen and Ramat Hasharon are both tied for fourth place in the Israeli League.
November 23, 2012: Fever stars Karima Christmas and Briann January battled head-to-head on Monday evening in Israel, despite the threat of war looming between Israel and neighboring Gaza. Whatís more, the player of the game and the Israeli player of the week, Jenna Smith, was in the Feverís training camp last spring. Smith tallied 21 points with 20 rebounds to outshine her Maccabi teammate and Fever star Christmas who finished with 20 points and nine boards. It was January, though, with nine points, five boards and five assists, who sparked Ramat Hasharon to an 86-83 victory over Maccabi Ramat Hen. Each team now is 1-1.
November 16, 2012: Karima Christmas and Briann January are both playing in Israel. Christmas has played in one game for Maccabi Ramat Hen. She finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Januaryís team, Ramat Hasharon has had one game, but no stats are yet available.