Overseas Update - May 6
Matee Ajavon – Mersin (Turkey): Ajavon ended her overseas season on March 22, scoring seven points with a pair of assists during a 70-63 loss to Canik Bld. In 25 games in the Turkish League season, Ajavon averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Also this season in 10 EuroCup competitions, she averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals.
Nadia Gomes Colhado – Sport Recife (Brazil): Sport Recife was swept in its best-of-three league finals when it fell to Americana by a score of 66-62 in Game 2 on April 19. In the loss, Colhado did not score and had three rebounds in just under 12 minutes of action. In 18 total games this season for Sport Recife, Colhado averaged 8.1 points and was third in the league averaging 8.7 rebounds.
Erika de Souza – Sport Recife (Brazil): Sport Recife was swept in its best-of-three league finals when it fell to Americana by a score of 66-62 in Game 2 on April 19. In the loss, de Souza scored just six points but did pull down a game-high 10 rebounds. In 17 total games this season for Sport Recife, de Souza averaged 11.1 points in addition to 7.7 rebounds, which ranked fifth in the league.
Céline Dumerc – Tango Bourges Basket (France): Dumerc helped Tango Bourges advance to the Finals of the French League playoffs with a two-game sweep of No. 4 seed Villeneuve in the semifinals. Bourges will play Lattes Montpellier in the Finals beginning May 18. In a 62-50 Game 1 victory over Villeneuve on April 24, Dumerc had nine points, 10 assists and five rebounds, and in the series clincher – a 59-49 win on April 30 – she totaled seven points, six assists and three boards. For the French League season, she is averaging 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 28 games for Bourges. She finished the EuroLeague season averaging 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 18 games.
Tiffany Hayes – Sport Recife (Brazil): Sport Recife was swept in its best-of-three league finals when it fell to Americana by a score of 66-62 in Game 2 on April 19. Hayes had five points in the loss while playing just 13+ minutes. Hayes played in 15 games this season, ranking eighth in the league with an average of 12.4 points, while adding 5.2 rebounds per contest.
Aneika Henry – Homend Antakya Belediyesi (Turkey): Antakya finished the Turkish League season with a 10-16 record. Henry averaged 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds – which ranked fifth in the league – in 21 Turkish League games for Antakya. Antakya had also previously finished the EuroCup regular season with a 2-4 mark for third place in Group A, with Henry averaging 12.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Sancho Lyttle – Galatasaray (Turkey): Lyttle helped Galatasaray win its first Turkish League championship in 14 years, as Galatasaray won the deciding Game 5 in a best-of-five series against eight-time defending champion Fenerbahce by a score of 73-54 on May 5. Galarasaray, which also defeated Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague Final in April, won the first two games of the series, before seeing Fenerbahce win the next two to force a winner-take-all Game 5. Lyttle posted her second straight double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the deciding game, while adding four assists and four steals. In 25 Turkish League games this season, Lyttle averaged 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She finished the EuroLeague season averaging 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 14 games.
Angel McCoughtry – Fenerbahce (Turkey): McCoughtry and Fenerbahce saw their eight-year streak of winning the Turkish League title snapped when they lost a best-of-five champinoship series to Galatasaray, three games to two. Fenerbahce dropped the first two games on the road before winning the next two at home to set up a decisive Game 5, but Galatasaray won 73-54 to claim the title on May 5. McCoughtry had seven points, seven rebounds and three steals in the final game, and ended the Turkish League season averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.3 assists in 32 games. In 19 EuroLeague games this season, McCoughtry averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.9 steals.
Jhasmin Player – Uniao Sportiva (Portugal): After finishing fourth in the regular season in the Romanian League with a 14-6 record, Uniao Sportiva is playing in the quarterfinal round of the league playoffs, where it holds a 1-0 lead over Boa Viagem. Player dominated the league during the regular season, averaging a league-best 40.6 points per game, while adding 9.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.0 steals per contest. She only scored fewer than 30 points once in 19 games, including three games with at least 50 points.
Samantha Prahalis – ACS Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania): After finishing fourth in the regular season in the Romanian League with a 19-7 record, Sepsi SIC advanced to the semifinals of the league playoffs before falling to top-seeded ICIM Arad. Sepsi SIC’s season came to an end with a 77-63 Game 2 loss on April 18, despite 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists from Prahalis. In 29 Romanian League games this season, Prahalis averaged 20.0 points (second best in the league), 5.3 rebounds, a league-best 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals. She also played in six EuroCup games, averaging 21.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.