2013-14 Storm Offseason Update
Temeka Johnson – Nadezhda Orenburg
Johnson and Orenburg are in the Russian Cup Final Four after defeating Dynamo GUVD on Nov. 24. Johnson had eight points and three assists. Through five games in the Russian League with a 4-1 standing, Johnson is averaging 8.8 points, 3.0 assists and 26.0 minutes per game. With their next EuroLeague match against Fenerbache on Nov. 30, Johnson is averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 33.0 minutes per game in EuroLeague games.
Sue Bird – UMMC
UMMC Ekaterinberg defeated Dynamo Moscow on Nov. 24 to advance to the Russian League Final Four along with Orenburg, Sparta&K Vidnoje and Dynamo Kursk. Bird scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes of play. In five Russian League games, Bird is averaging 12.0 points, 4.6 assists and 28.0 minutes per game. UMMC is 5-0 and tied with Dynamo Moscow for first place in Russian League play. Up next for the Russian powerhouse is a Dec. 1 matchup with Dynamo Moscow.
Tianna Hawkins – UNIQA
Hawkins is continuing a strong overseas campaign. In nine games, Hawkins is averaging 14.1 points (58.8% from the floor), 4.1 assists and 24.2 minutes per game. In the two EuroLeague games that UNIQA has played so far, Hawkins is averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 31.0 minutes. The team fell to Angel McCoughtry’s Fenerbache 71-64 on Nov. 13 in which Hawkins had 17 points and five rebounds. UNIQA next squares off with Wisla-Krakow on Nov. 27.
Joslyn Tinkle – UNI Gyor
UNI Gyor has a 0-2 record in EuroLeague play. In two EuroLeague games, Tinkle is averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.5 minutes. Tinkle is shooting 71.4% (5-7) from long-distance. UNI Gyor faces Familia Schio on Nov. 27 and opens Hungarian League play on Dec. 1 vs. MTK.
Camille Little and Tanisha Wright – Kayseri
With an 8-0 record and tied for first place, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright have Kayseri off to a strong start in the TKBL. Wright is averaging a team-high 19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 32.8 minutes per game. In Kayseri’s last three TKBL games, Wright has scored 20 or more points. Little is averaging 13.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 31.6 minutes per game in TKBL contests. Next up is a Nov. 30 game against winless TED Ankara.
In EuroLeague play, Kayseri is 1-2.
Lauren Jackson – Heilongjiang Shenda
Jackson has Heilonjiang off to a 2-0 start in the WCBA. In her first game against Liaoning, Jackson scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She followed that up with a 30-point, 13-rebound performance against Shenyang on Nov. 23. Jackson and Heilonjiang play on Nov. 26 against Shandong and have a Nov. 30 matchup with Jiangsu.
Noelle Quinn – Woori Hansae
Off to a 7-0 start, Quinn is averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with Woori Hansae. In the team’s most recent win over KB Stars on Nov. 24, Quinn scored a team-high 19 points on 7-10 shooting and had 12 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. Woori Hansae plays Bichumi on Nov. 28 and One FX on Dec. 6 to round out the first quarter of the season.
Ashley Robinson – Samsung
Robinson suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles in a game on Nov. 17.
Tina Thompson – KDB
Thompson joined KDB on Nov. 13 and the team has gone 2-2 since her arrival. Thompson is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 26.0 minutes of play. In the team’s most recent game, Thompson was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 22 points and hauling in nine boards. Currently 2-4 and in fourth place in the WKBL, KDB plays the KB Stars on Nov. 27 and again on Nov. 30.
Shekinna Stricklen – Shinhan Bank S-birds
Averaging near a double-double with a team-high 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, Stricklen has Shinhan off to a 4-2 start in the WKBL. Stricklen’s best game to date came on Nov. 14 with a 23-point, 12-rebound effort as the S-birds defeated Bichumi, and she’s been one rebound short of a double-double two other times (Nov. 10 and Nov. 21). Shinhan plays One FX on Nov. 25 and again on Nov. 29.
Alysha Clark – Assistant Coach, Middle Tennessee State
The Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball team is off to a 1-3 start with a 61-55 win over Miami on Nov. 15. The team suffered an 84-72 loss to No. 7 Kentucky on Nov. 24 and heads to Estero, Fla. for the Gulf Coast Showcase from Nov. 29-Dec.1.