Baker and Maccabi Ashdod are currently 8-6 and in fifth place in the Israeli Women’s D1 standings. Baker has returned from her wrist injury last summer to become one of Ashdod’s top players. She averages 15.1 points per game and was the league’s MVP of Week 9.
Baker is second on the team in scoring behind Tamara Moore. She averages 3.5 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists and a team-leading 2.9 steals.
For the first time in her professional career, Bevilaqua did not play overseas during the WNBA offseason. Instead, she allowed her 36-year old body to recover from nearly 12 straight months of WNBL (Australia), WNBA and Olympics action. She dabbled in broadcasting and began training for her final years in the WNBA, signing a new contract with the Fever in January. She arrives in Indianapolis on Feb. 9.
TAMIKA CATCHINGS – Lotos Gdynia (Poland)
Venturing to Poland in January, Catchings averaged 22.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in three EuroLeague contests – all during a classic playoff series that resulted in a best-of-three loss to Fenerbahce and Tammy Sutton-Brown. The deciding game was a 79-76 final in which Catchings nearly tied the game with a last-second 3-point attempt. Here is an excerpt from the game story on FIBA.com:
ESMERAL TUNCLUER'S THREE-POINTER FOR FENER WITH 15 SECONDS REMAINING KNOTTED THE EIGHTH-FINALS GAME 3 DECIDER AT 63-63 AND THEN THE HOME SIDE MADE SIX FREE THROWS IN THE FINAL 25 SECONDS OF THE EXTRA PERIOD TO WIN 79-76. EVEN THEN, THE OUTSTANDING USA INTERNATIONAL TAMIKA CATCHINGS ALMOST SENT THE GAME TO A SECOND OVERTIME BUT HER ATTEMPT FROM THREE-POINT LAND AT THE BUZZER STAYED OUT.
THE FINISH COMPLETED A REMARKABLE TIE WITH ALL THREE CONTESTS GOING TO THE WIRE.
CATCHINGS, ARGUABLY THE USA'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AT LAST SUMMER'S OLYMPICS WHEN THEY CAPTURED A GOLD MEDAL, HAD 26 POINTS, EIGHT REBOUNDS AND FOUR STEALS.
CANADA INTERNATIONAL TAMMY SUTTON-BROWN, A TEAMMATE OF CATCHINGS WITH THE WNBA'S INDIANA FEVER, HAD A GAME-HIGH 28 POINTS - 18 IN THE FIRST HALF - AND 11 REBOUNDS FOR FENER WHILE TURKEY INTERNATIONAL NEVRIYE YILMAZ WAS IMMENSE YET AGAIN FOR THE CLUB WITH 17 POINTS AND 11 BOARDS.
KATIE DOUGLAS – CSKA Moscow (Russia)
A disappointing and bizarre season for CSKA Moscow has produced not only a recent coaching change, but also an early-season forfeit after it appeared the club might go out of business until new ownership was found. CSKA qualified for the EuroLeague playoffs, but suffered its earliest exit since 2004 when it fell to Halcon Avenida (Spain) in a double-overtime thriller.
Douglas led the team with 1.6 steals during EuroLeague action, and was third in scoring with 12.7 points per game. Despite its star-studded roster including Anne Wauters, Becky Hammon and Janel McCarville, CSKA finished third in EuroLeague Group B (6-4), before bowing to Halcon Avenida.
ALLISON FEASTER – Familia Schio (Italy)
Playing beside WNBA rivals Kara Braxton and Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Feaster has averaged 7.1 points during 14 games in the Italian League. In 10 EuroLeague games, she averages 8.6 points while shooting 40 percent from the 3-point stripe. Familia Schio finished fifth in Group D of its EuroLeague competition, and did not qualify for EuroLeague Playoffs.
EBONY HOFFMAN – Ramat Hasharon (Israel)
Through 13 games in the Israeli Women’s D1 League, Hoffman averages 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Ramat Hasharon is currently among four teams all tied atop league standings with an 11-3 record. Hoffman was the Israeli MVP for Week 8, netting 21 points with 11 rebounds in a win over Sherill Baker and Maccabi Ashdod. Ramat Hasharon failed to qualify for EuroCup action prior to Hoffman’s arrival.
DONEEKA LEWIS – Liomatic Umbertide (Italy)
Umbertide is 5-11 in the Italian A-1 women’s league, with Lewis as the team’s leading scorer. Lewis averages 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. After playing in Greece in 2005 and Poland in 2006, this is Lewis’ third straight season in Italy.
TAMMY SUTTON-BROWN – Fenerbahce (Turkey)
In her third year starring for Fenerbahce, Sutton-Brown is having one of her best pro seasons. In EuroLeague competition, she currently averages 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game – while helping Fenerbahce to the Final Eight of the EuroLeague Playoffs. She had a game-high 28 points, with 11 rebounds, in Fenerbahce’s overtime win over Lotos Gdynia, to advance to the EuroLeague quarterfinals.
In the Turkish domestic league, Fenerbahce is 12-1 and poised to contend for its third straight title.
TAN WHITE – Elizur Ramla (Israel)
In nine games with defending Israeli champion Elizur Ramla, White averaged 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She was released in January, however, when the team released each of its American players due to apparent financial difficulties.
From the Israeli website Safsal, “Bottom line you can't say White did anything wrong, she played for Ramla the same way she has played her whole career, but Ramla must have expected more from a #2 draft pick with a heavy salary.”
KHADIJAH WHITTINGTON – Lattes Montpellier (France)
In her first season overseas, the Fever rookie is posting all-star type numbers. Starring for Montpellier in France, she was listed on the EuroLeague All-Star Ballot alongside Fever teammate Tammy Sutton-Brown. Through 12 games in the French League, she is averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds during 22.1 minutes per game. In six EuroLeague games, she posted averages of 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.