May 11, 2010
Four returning starters from the Indiana Fever’s 2009 WNBA Finals team concluded play in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday when Fenerbahce claimed its fourth straight Turkish championship by beating cross-town rival Galatasaray, 82-78. Fenerbahce swept the best-of-five game series with three straight wins.
A pair of Fever stars appeared in both lineups – Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown for victorious Fenerbahce; Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas for Galatasaray. After Tuesday’s clinching victory for Fener, all four players will return to the United States where they will join the Fever for Saturday’s WNBA opener against the Washington Mystics. Saturday’s tipoff is 7:00 p.m., at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Overseas Update #33
May 9, 2010
Hello Fever fans!! It’s Ronald Cass again and it was another great game yesterday! Galatasaray lost to Fenerbahce, 61-56 in overtime, in what was the second game of the finals series from Caferaga Sports Hall on Saturday.
It was standing-room only again and was just as exciting as the first game, from beginning to end. This game started better for the Fener girls who jumped to a quick lead and led most of the first half. The first half was dominated by Fenerbahce on the defensive end. Penny Taylor hit a 3-point shot just before the half to put Fener up by six with momentum going into the second half.
The second half began just like the first – physical and with players from both teams bumping and fighting for every point. I must have seen Tamika Catchings on the floor 20 times yesterday, and thanks to that effort, Gala started to pull back toward the end of the fourth quarter.
With the score tied and about 27 seconds left in the game, Catchings drove to the basket and did a jump stop into contact and the refs blew the whistle ---- CHARGE! Penny Taylor was sent to the line and could have put Fener ahead for the win, but she missed! Regulation ended in a 56-56 tie, but Gala never scored a basket during the overtime and Fener won by five to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 of the series will be played on Tuesday evening, May 11, at the Abdi Ipekci Arena at 8:00 p.m., Istanbul time. If Fenerbahce wins on Tuesday, our Fever ladies will be heading home to begin the WNBA season next week!
Overseas Update #32
May 8, 2010
Fenerbahce is within one victory of claiming its fourth consecutive Turkish League championship.
Penny Taylor paced the defending champs with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday to help Fenerbahce down Galatasaray, 61-56, in overtime. Fenerbahce took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five game series which shifts across town to Galatasaray's home floor next Tuesday, May 11.
Ebony Hoffman contributed eight points for the home team winners, and Tammy Sutton-Brown added seven. For Galatasaray, Tamika Catchings played all 45 minutes and had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four steals in a losing effort. Sophia Young had 12 points, Katie Douglas added six.
Fenerbahce built a six-point lead at intermission, 32-26, but Gala fought back for a 56-all tie at the end of regulation. It was all Fener in the extra session, however, as the home team shutout visiting Galatasaray 5-0 to clinch the series advantage.
Overseas Update #31
May 7, 2010 FeverBasketball.com has invited Ebony Hoffman’s husband, Ron Cass, to write about the Turkish Finals taking place this week in Istanbul. Ron maintains the Cass-Hoffman residence in Indianapolis, but travels frequently between Indianapolis and Turkey to spend time with his lovely wife. He has traveled throughout the country with her Fenerbahce team, and is knowledgeable of most teams and players in the Turkish League, including Fenerbahce teammate Tammy Sutton-Brown, and this week’s Galatasaray opponents – Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas.
Ironically, Catchings was the maid of honor in Ron and Ebony’s wedding, and it was Douglas who helped Ebony select her wedding dress while the two were teammates in Lithuania. Ron is indeed very much a part of the large family of friends, but this week, they are opponents in the Turkish Finals. Ron will tell us about his week in Turkey with daily updates from Istanbul. Today, Ron blogs about an opening game win for Fenerbahce.
Hello, Fever fans, it’s Ronald Cass again. Last night’s game was truly a battle of wills. The game was amazing from the first jump ball and I don’t think the fans sat down once. The gym was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. You can compare the crowd with a live rock concert. It was truly a great sight to see all the support the ladies get from the local community here. As the game started, Galatasaray jumped to a big lead thanks to the play of Tamika Catchings and San Antonio Silver Star Sophia Young. Gala had the Fener crowd in total shock. I had fans coming up to me saying, “You think we are going to win? It doesn’t look good for Fenerbahce!”
Galatasaray’s ball-hawking defense started to take its toll on Fener the first six minutes of the game, causing turnovers and unforced errors. The ball pressure for Gala created easy baskets and by the end of the first quarter, Fener was still trying to figure out what was going on.
As the second quarter began, you would have thought Fener was ahead based on crowd support, though. It was just as loud in the second quarter as it was at tipoff. At the start of the second quarter, Ebony Hoffman hit a quick 3-point play to pull Fener within six points and the crowd went crazy after that. For the most part, the first and second quarter was still dominated by KT and Tamika on the defensive end of the court, with their ball pressure creating an endless amount of turnovers. As the first half ended, a brief “WWE” moment happened between Tammy Sutton-Brown and KT Douglas – somehow the two got tangled up at halfcout and both players slammed to the floor. Two seconds later, Tammy came up with her third personal foul. Don’t tell me how that happened! … ask KT! [wink, wink]. So … as the first half ended, Gala went up five points with the momentum still in their corner.
In the third, the fans began a chant of “Beat Gala, Beat Gala, Beat Galatasaray …”
The noise in the gym somehow escalated again and the Fener ladies must have felt the crowd getting antsy because they started the third quarter with an amazing run. The Fener post players started blocking shots, rebounding with force and guards started to full-court press and cause easy turnovers. Fener got back in the game and took its lead, finally. By the end of the third, Fenerbahce had managed an 11-point lead, much to the shock of the Galatasaray players and fans.
As the fourth quarter began, I saw a look in Tamika’s eyes that said, “Not tonight! Not on her watch!”
From out of nowhere, Gala cut the lead to six. After a few steals and hustle plays, they cut the lead to three. Fener’s coach called a quick timeout to put out the fire. Fener fans started getting nervous and yelling at the refs after one player nearly needed stitches after a play where no foul was called.
With about 45 seconds left in the game and three seconds left on the shot clock – and Fener leading by just one point – Tammy Sutton-Brown hit a 16-foot jumper to put Fener up by 3. After that, Gala committed a couple of turnovers and that was it!
When the buzzer sounded, Fener held a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Both teams played hard. I tip my cap to KT and Tamika for a great effort and an excellent game. Congratulations to Ebony and Tammy. Game 2 is Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Istanbul time.
Overseas Update #30
May 6, 2010
Ebony Hoffman scored 11 points and made all five free throw attempts Thursday night to help lead Fenerbahce to a 57-51 victory over Galatasaray in Game 1 of the Turkish League’s best-of-five game championship series.
Birsel Vardarli paced Fenerbahce with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Esmeral Tuncluer added 11 to help send the three-time defending champions to a 1-0 series advantage. For Galatasaray, Sophia Young scored 18 points and Tamika Catchings had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Galatasaray took an 18-9 lead after one quarter, but Fenerbahce chipped away before taking a 41-39 lead into the final period. Game 2 is Saturday at Fenerbahce. The series shifts to the Galatasaray arena, also in Istanbul, for Game 3 next Tuesday and, if necessary, Game 4 next Thursday.
Overseas Update #29
FeverBasketball.com has invited Ebony Hoffman’s husband, Ron Cass, to write about the Turkish Finals taking place this week in Istanbul. Ron maintains the Cass-Hoffman residence in Indianapolis, but travels frequently between Indianapolis and Turkey to spend time with his lovely wife. He has traveled throughout the country with her Fenerbahce team, and is knowledgeable of most teams and players in the Turkish League, including Fenerbahce teammate Tammy Sutton-Brown, and this week’s Galatasaray opponents – Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas.
Ironically, Catchings was the maid of honor in Ron and Ebony’s wedding, and it was Douglas who helped Ebony select her wedding dress while the two were teammates in Lithuania. Ron is indeed very much a part of the large family of friends, but this week, they are opponents in the Turkish Finals. Ron will tell us about his week in Turkey with daily updates from Istanbul.
May 6, 2010
Hey Fever fans, this is Ronald Cass here in turkey for the finals between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray – also known as Tamika and Katie vs. Tammy and Ebony! The first game is at 8:30 p.m. tonight (that’s Istanbul time).
There will be a full crowd tonight due to the heated rivalry between the two teams who have a history of playing against each other. From the first jump ball, this should be a very intense game. Both teams are highly skilled and talented, and the game will come down to who wants it more. I talked with all four Fever players and they are very excited about playing in the finals against each other. They wanted it that way.
Let’s see which two ladies will come back to the WNBA with overseas bragging rights!!
Overseas Update #28
May 3, 2010
Ebony Hoffman was one of five double-figure scorers Sunday while helping Fenerbahce eliminate Botasspor Adana and advance to its fourth straight appearance in the Turkish League finals. Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury) scored 26 points to pace the defending champs and Hoffman scored 12. A trio of native Turkish stars finished with 15, 13 and 12 points, also.
With what is regarded as the deepest roster in the Turkish League, Fenerbahce rotated players and brought Tammy Sutton-Brown off the bench for two points in 10 minutes. Fenerbahce advanced to meet Galatasaray in the Turkish Finals – in what certainly will be billed as a matchup pitting Indiana Fever stars head-to-head. Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas helped No. 3 seed Gala to a 3-1 series win over No. 2 Mersin.
A starting date for the finals series has yet to be announced.
Overseas Update #27
May 2, 2010
Tamika Catchings had game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds Saturday to lead Galatasaray to a 67-62 win over Mersin. With the victory, Galatasaray clinched its semifinal series over Mersin and advances to the Turkish League finals which begin next week. Catchings' Indiana Fever teammate, Katie Douglas, did not play in the game.
In Turkey's other semifinal series, defending champ Fenerbahce, with Fever stars Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown, battles Botasspor Adana on Sunday. Fenerbahce, which leads the series 2-0, needs just one victory to advance to the finals.
Overseas Update #26
April 30, 2010
Nevriye Yilmaz scored 24 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 22 on Friday evening as Fenerbahce scored an 89-70 victory over Botasspor Adana in the Turkish League semifinals. With the win, defending champion Fenerbahce moved within one victory of advancing to the finals for the fourth consecutive season. Fenerbahce has won the league crown in three straight seasons.
Fever star Sutton-Brown shot 9-of-11 from the floor while adding three rebounds. Ebony Hoffman did not play in the game. Fenerbahce leads the series 2-0 and can advance with a road victory on Sunday.
In the other series, Fever stars Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas helped Galatasaray to a 2-1 series lead on Thursday. Galatasaray can advance with a win on Saturday.
Overseas Update #25
April 29, 2010
Sophia Young scored 25 points Wednesday night, and Tamika Catchings had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds as Galatasaray opened a 2-1 lead in its best-of-five game series with Mersin. Galatasaray, the playoffs' No. 3 seed, upended No. 2 Mersin 74-63 in a matchup that was split during the regular season.
Katie Douglas scored four points with three rebounds and three steals while playing only 13 minutes. The teams continue the semifinal series on Saturday in Istanbul. If necessary, a deciding final game will be played on Tuesday, May 4.
In the other Turkish semifinal, Fenerbahce enters with a 1-0 lead over Botasspor Adana. Fenerbahce hosts the first meeting on Thursday evening.
Overseas Update #24
April 28, 2010
*** UPDATE ***
Turkish League semifinals are five-game series beginning April 8 and running as late as May 7. Fenerbahce battles Botasspor Adana and begins with a 1-0 advantage due to sweeping its season series. Galatasaray meets Mersin in a series which begins tied 1-1 because they split their regular season series. Turkish finals are five games, beginning at 0-0, and tentatively slated to begin May 9.
Overseas Update #23
April 26, 2010
Tamika Catchings shot 9-of-16 from the floor, hit two 3-pointers, connected on 7-of-8 free throws and added nine rebounds to pace Galatasaray to a series clinching win over Tarsus on Sunday. Galatasaray swept the series, 3-0, with a 73-64 decision in the final game. Fever star Katie Douglas added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the victory. In defeat, Fever point guard Briann January scored 11 points and dished three assists for Tarsus.
No. 3 seeded Galatasaray advanced to this week's Turkish semifinals to battle No. 2 Mersin, who clinched its quarterfinal series with a 74-58 win over Besiktas. This week's other semifinal matchup pits defending champ and top-seeded Fenerbahce against Monday's winner of No. 4 Botasspor Adana vs. No. 5 TED-Kayseri. Botas leads the series 2-1.
The best-of-seven Turkish Finals are conducted the first week of May.
Overseas Update #22
April 25, 2010
In Turkish quarterfinal action Saturday evening, defending champion Fenerbahce clinched a 3-0 series victory with a 72-60 win over Ceyhan. Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury) led Fenerbahce with 21 points. Fever star Tammy Sutton-Brown posted seven points and a team-high eight rebounds. Ebony Hoffman finished with five points.
Ceyhan, behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Fever training camp invitee Michelle Campbell, was eliminated.
Fenerbahce awaits the winner of the series between Botasspor Adana and TED-Keysari. On Saturday, TED-Keysari won a 112-110 overtime decision. Botasspor Adana leads 2-1 in the series which continues Monday.
Quarterfinal action continues Sunday with Galatasaray hosting Tarsus and Mersin battling Besiktas.
Overseas Update #21
April 23, 2010
Top seeds were victorious in both games of the Turkish League quarterfinals on Thursday with No. 2 seed Mersin downing Besiktas, 86-81, and No. 3 seed Galatasaray routing Tarsus, 82-61.
In Tarsus, where Briann January’s club hosted Fever teammates Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas, it was the Catchings-Douglas duo that paced Galatasaray to the win. Douglas scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting including a pair of 3-pointers and three steals. Catchings added 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, and game highs of 12 rebounds and four steals. In a losing effort, January shot just 2-of-10 from the floor and missed all four 3-pointers. She finished with five points and three assists.
The Turkish League rewards higher-seeded teams with a 1-0 lead to start each series. After one game, all four higher-seeded squads lead 2-0 in each of the best-of-five quarterfinal series. Saturday, top-seeded Fenerbahce hosts Ceyhan while Botasspor Adana hosts TED-Kayseri. Sunday, Mersin hosts Besiktas and Galatasaray hosts Tarsus in Istanbul.
Overseas Update #20
April 22, 2010
Nevriye Yilmaz scored 23 points and Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury) added 21 Wednesday night to help lead Fenerbahce to a 96-79 road win at Ceyhan in Game 1 of the Turkish League quarterfinals. Nicole Powell (New York Liberty) added 18 points and Indiana Fever star Ebony Hoffman pitched in nine in the victory. Hoffman finished 3-of-5 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and led top-seeded Fenerbahce with six rebounds. Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown was 1-of-3 shooting for two points and four rebounds, in just 16 minutes of play.
Fenerbahce owns a 1-0 lead in the series and will host Game 2 in Istanbul on Saturday.
No. 4 seeded Botasspor Adana, featuring WNBA draft pick Epiphanny Prince (Chicago Sky), beat No. 5 TED-Kayseri 85-84 in other quarterfinal action. The winner will meet the Fenerbahce-Ceyhan winner in the Turkish semifinals. Action on Thursday pits No. 3 Galatasaray against No. 6 Tarsus in a series featuring Fever stars Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas and Briann January. No. 2 Mersin battles No. 7 Besiktas in Thursday’s other quarterfinal matchup.
Overseas Update #19
April 21, 2010
Playoff schedules are well underway in women’s pro leagues across Europe and no less than six Fever players were involved in last week’s games. As five Fever stars participate in Turkish League quarterfinals which begin Wednesday, check back to FeverBasketball.com for daily updates.
Fever second-year star Christina Wirth and training camp free agent Jenifer Risper helped Presov to an 18-10 regular season mark before posting series victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Presov staged an upset in the semis, defeating MBK Ruzomberok in a deciding fifth game behind 35 points from Risper and 21 from Wirth. In a Finals matchup with Dobri Anjeli, however, Presov was no match.
In Game 1, Presov fell 79-60 in the closest of the three games, getting 12 points from Wirth and 16 from Risper. In Game 2, Dobri prevailed 90-65 and in Game 3, the final score was 93-51 with each score progressively worse for Presov.
In Turkey, it’s official – Fenerbahce successfully defended its regular season crown and completed a 22-0 schedule. Paced by Fever stars Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown, Phoenix Mercury star Penny Taylor and Washington Mystics guard Matee Ajavon, Fenerbahce opens the Turkish League quarterfinals this week against No. 8 seed Ceyhan.
The Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas-led Galatasaray squad finished 18-4 in the regular season to post a third-place finish behind Mersin (19-3). The pair of Fever stars open quarterfinal play against a familiar foe in Fever point guard Briann January. January leads a Tarsus (11-11) squad that rose dramatically in the standings since her arrival in, yes, January. No. 3 seed Galatasaray begins the three-game quarterfinal matchup with No. 6 Tarsus on Thursday.
Overseas Update #18
By Emily Diekelmann | April 13, 2010 | 09-10 Fever Offseason Stats
Approaching the end of the Turkish League regular season, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas faced Fever teammate Briann January last week as Galatasaray traveled to Tarsus. Scoring 17 points for victorious Galatasaray, Catchings added seven rebounds and five steals. Douglas had seven points in 11 minutes. January continued her success in her first season overseas with 12 points and three assists.
Nothing can stop steamroller Fenerbahce in Turkey as they remained undefeated by downing Samsun, 86-53. Ebony Hoffman was the high scorer for Fenerbahce with 19 points and eight rebounds. Fenerbahce looks to complete a perfect regular season when it battles Besiktas, April 17.
In Italy, Tamecka Dixon helped Napoli to a narrow victory against Umbertide, 74-73. Dixon had 21 points and seven rebounds. Against Livorno later in the week, though, Dixon missed all nine shot attempts and finished with just two points from the free throw line in a 59-48 victory.
Advancing to a deciding fifth game of the Slovakian League semifinals, Christina Wirth and her Presov teammates defeated Ruzomberok to advance to a championship series against Dobri Anjeli. Wirth averaged 14 points over the five-game semifinal series, and added 12 points and two rebounds in 79-60 Game 1 loss to Dobri Anjeli. Game 2 of the series is Wednesday, April 14.
Overseas Update #17
By Emily Diekelmann | April 6, 2010 | 09-10 Fever Offseason Stats
Supremacy is the name of the game for the Turkish League’s only undefeated team, Fenerbahce. Facing off against Botas, April 3, Fenerbahce won handily, 86-73. Tammy Sutton-Brown played well, scoring 11 points and adding four rebounds. Ebony Hoffman, in her 15 minutes on the court, had nine points, going 3-for-4 from the charity stripe. A perfect 20-0 league record keeps the defending champs from Istanbul atop the Turkish League leaderboard.
Galatasaray is continuing its wave of success in the Turkish League as it took on rival Mersin. Squeaking out a 65-61 victory, Katie Douglas was the high scorer with 13 points while Tamika Catchings added 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Up next for the duo is a showdown with fellow Fever teammate Briann January and Tarsus, April 10.
Currently tied for fifth place at 10-10 in the Turkish League standings, Tarsus battled Kayseri, who sits just ahead at 11-9. Despite January leading the team in scoring with 21 points, Tarsus fell 78-76.
Shay Murphy continues to put up big numbers for Mariana in Spanish League play. Her latest efforts fell short as her 20 points and 10 rebounds weren’t enough to lead Mariana past Perfumerias in an 85-61 loss.
Awaiting the beginning of the Slovakian League playoffs, Christina Wirth and Presov will take on Ruzembrok in a best-of-five playoff series. The winner of the semifinal round will take on Dobri Anjeli in the Finals. Wirth is second in the league in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game.
Overseas Update #16
By Emily Diekelmann | March 30, 2010 | 09-10 Fever Offseason Stats
Four Fever players participated in a Turkish League invitational last weekend, featuring eight teams from the league. Breezing their way the rest of the field, the final game of the Turkish Cup saw Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas for Galatasary against Tammy Sutton- Brown and Ebony Hoffman of Fenerbahce. Galatasaray won the championship, beating three-time champ Fenerbahce, 57-55.
Catchings had 13 points and nine rebounds in the title game, while Sutton-Brown netted 13 points in the loss. During the road trip to Ardak, Turkey, where the tournament was played, Sutton-Brown found time to share personal thoughts on the trip, the locals and the games. Click her for her blog. http://tammysuttonbrown.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/turkish-cup/
While most Turkish played in the Turkish Cup, those not participating were idle. Briann January and Tarsus will resume play April 3 versus Kayseri.
Playing a best-of-three postseason series in the Russian League playoffs, Jessica Moore and Spartak St. Petersburg encountered back-to-back losses against league foe Dynamo. Moore had 14 points and seven rebounds in the Game 1 loss. Fighting to keep her postseason alive in Game 2, Moore had six points and four rebounds in a narrow loss, 74-71.
In Spanish League action, Shay Murphy scored 32 points and added 11 rebounds. Those points still weren’t enough, however, as Gran Canaria beat Murphy’s Mariana team, 87-72.
Looking to postseason play in Slovakia, Christina Wirth continued her double-digit scoring streak as Presov played a best-of-three playoff series against Ruzomberok. Dropping the first game, 77-64, Wirth had 15 points. Presov bounced back and routed Ruzomberok at home, 73-53, with Wirth adding 10 points for the victory. The two teams will meet one more time April 1 to decide who will play in the Slovakian League finals.
Overseas Update #16
By Emily Diekelmann | March 22, 2010
Updating what is happening overseas, it was the Fever veterans against Fever youth when undefeated Fenerbahce took on Tarsus in Turkish League action. Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ebony Hoffman with Fenerbahce came away with a 76-66 victory, but Briann January had the best individual performance. Hoffman, in just 17 minutes, had four points while Sutton-Brown struggled from the field, going 1-for-9 and ending with five points.
January continued a solid overseas run with 12 points and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. January’s four assists helped push her into second place among Turkish League assist leaders with an average of 4.2 per game.
Trying to finish the season strong, Galatasaray (Turkey) teammates Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings proved their value to their team. Douglas had 12 points and two assists in a 77-69 victory. Catchings dished a season-high seven assists. Adding two steals to her stats column, Catchings sits in a first place tie with WNBA draft prospect Epiphanny Prince, averaging 2.9 steals per game.
Despite Napoli sitting at the bottom of Italian League standings, Tamecka Dixon continues to play well. Dixon racked up 12 points and six rebounds in a 60-57 loss to Familia Schio (Italy). The loss drops Napoli to 5-15 on the season.
Shay Murphy expanded her lead over the rest of the Spanish scoring leaders with 27 points in a 65-58 victory over Ibiza. Murphy also added eight rebounds to help Mariana to its 12th win of the season.
Christina Wirth helped secure another victory for Presov with 12 points and two rebounds while playing all 40 minutes in a Slovakian League win over Kosice. The win helped Presov move to 16-7 in Slovakian League play.
Jessica Moore helped Spartak St. Petersburg to a pair of Russian League victories. In a 103-90 win over Chevakata, Moore had a season-high 14 points to go with six rebounds. She added eight points and three rebounds in a 92-86 win over Dynamo Moscow.
Overseas Update #15
By Emily Diekelmann | March 16, 2010
Heading into the final few games of the regular season, Fenerbahce teammates Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ebony Hoffman continue their reign over the Turkish League with the 74-68 win over Kayseri. Sutton-Brown played well with 14 points and six rebounds. Hoffman did not play in the contest. Up next for Sutton-Brown and Hoffman is a match-up with fellow Fever teammate Briann January and Tarsus.
January was in action for Tarsus against Kocaeli, March 13. Despite only playing 18 minutes, January netted six points and two steals in a lopsided 112-65 victory. Those steals helped move her into second place in the Turkish League in steals with an average of 2.9 per game, trailing Fever teammate Tamika Catchings.
Galatasaray’s Catchings and Katie Douglas sit tight in the third place slot for the Turkish League at 14-4. Catchings had 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a win over Cankaya.
Tamecka Dixon had eight points and four rebounds in a loss to Taranto (Italy). Dixon sits in a three-way tie for the Italian scoring title with 16.9 points per game. Dixon also is third in steals in the Italian League with 4.8 per game.
In Russian League play, Jessica Moore had her fourth double-digit scoring performance with 14 points. Spartak St. Petersburg scored a season-high 103 points in a victory over Chevakata, 103-90.
Christina Wirth continued to show her strength for Presov (Slovakia) with 16 points and three rebounds in a win over Kosice. So far this season, Wirth has scored in the double digits in 21 out of 22 contests.
Rounding out Fever activity overseas, Shay Murphy had another outstanding performance for Mariana (Spain) with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals. Averaging 20.4 points per game, Murphy remains the top scorer in the Spanish League. She is also tied for first in steals with 2.7 per game.
Overseas Update #14
By Emily Diekelmann | March 12, 2010
Turkish League play featured Indiana teammates versus teammates as Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas of Galatasaray squared off with Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ebony Hoffman of undefeated Fenerbahce. Scoring 15 points with six rebounds, Hoffman helped secure a 76-62 win for Fenerbahce as it continued its Turkish League dominance. Catchings had 13 points and four rebounds while Douglas added eight points in the loss. Catchings leads the Turkish League in steals with 3.2 per game.
Elsewhere in Turkey, Briann January extended her streak of games with double-digit scoring with 12 points and three rebounds for Tarsus in a victory over Istanbul University. The win moved the team above .500 for the season with a 9-8 record.
Playing their first game since Feb. 13, Jessica Moore and Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia) were in action against Dynamo. Netting eight points and seven rebounds, Moore helped Spartak move into a tie for fifth place in league play with the 76-68 win.
Continuing her supremacy over Spanish League scorers, Shay Murphy scored 27 points with 11 rebounds in a win for Mariana. Not only is she the Spanish League’s leading scorer with 20.2 points per game, but she also sits in third place with an average of 2.6 steals a game.
Landing her tenth straight double-digit scoring effort, Christina Wirth had 14 points and eight rebounds for Presov (Slovakia). Her offense was not enough as they fell at the hands of Ruzomberok, 74-69.
Overseas Update #13
By Emily Diekelmann | March 2, 2010
Checking in with the ladies overseas, Turkish leader Fenerbahce, with Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ebony Hoffman, faced a critical Euroleague series against Diana Taurasi and Spartak Moscow (Russia). Losing Game 1, 90-79, Tammy Sutton-Brown tried to lead a comeback in Game 2. She scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as Spartak eliminated Fenerbahce, 87-85. Hoffman did not play in the EuroLeague series.
Turning right back to Turkish League play, Hoffman helped Fenerbahce past Kocaeli on Feb. 28, scoring six points with seven rebounds to keep her team unbeaten in the Turkish League.
Elsewhere in Turkey, Tamika Catchings had 14 points and four rebounds in Galatasaray’s 85-61 win over Besiktas. Katie Douglas added nine points and three rebounds. Briann January helped Tarsus to a 27-point victory by scoring 13 points in limited minutes.
A big game in this week’s Turkish schedule pits Galatasaray against front-running Fenerbahce. On the floor will be four Fever teammates with the Catchings/Douglas duo battling Hoffman and Sutton-Brown.
Scoring 10 points in a win over Livorno (Italy), Tamecka Dixon still enjoys her perch at the top of the scoring race averaging 17.5 points per game.
Christina Wirth had a hand in assisting her team, Presov (Slovakia) to back-to-back victories last week. First, she netted 21 points with eight rebounds against Poprad, Feb 25. Three days later, she had 24 points and eight rebounds in a 74-72 win over Kosice.
Shay Murphy helped increase her lead other Spanish League scoring leaders with a season-high 35 points. She also added eight rebounds, helping Mariana to an 80-76 victory.
Overseas Update #12
By Emily Diekelmann | February 23, 2010
Overseas play is pushing right along as teams continue battling each other inside and out of their respective leagues. Trying to keep their perfect Turkish League season intact, Fenerbahce met Istanbul University. Ebony Hoffman registered her third double-digit scoring game with 16 points and five rebounds in a 78-67 victory.
Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings were in action for Galatasaray (Turkey) against Kocaeli. Winning the game easily, 93-50, Douglas had seven points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. Catchings added five points during only 12 minutes on the court.
Rounding out play in Turkey, Briann January scored in the double digits for her fifth straight game with 10 points and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Despite her efforts, Tarsus still fell to Mersin, 67-62.
Christina Wirth continued her success with Presov (Slovakia), scoring 11 points with seven rebounds in a rout of Nitra, 91-46. Over the past seven games, Wirth has averaged 16.7 points per game with a season high of 30 on Jan. 17.
As Tamecka Dixon finishes her pro career in Italy, she is maintained her scoring prowess last week by netting 15 points with six rebounds in a loss to Vomero, 70-68.
Sitting tight in second place on the top scorer list for the Spanish League, Shay Murphy helped her average by scoring 21 points and adding four rebounds in a defeat to Real C. Vigo, 84-70.
Overseas Update #11
By Emily Diekelmann | February 16, 2010
Checking in with the ladies overseas, Turkish League play resumed after a week off for EuroLeague competition. Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown led Fenerbahce to an 85-70 win over Ceyhan Bld. Hoffman had 13 points with six rebounds while Sutton-Brown added 11 points in the victory. The win keeps Fenerbahce perfect (13-0) in Turkish league contests.
Elsewhere in Turkey, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas were in action for Galatasaray. Facing Samsun Feb. 13, Douglas had her second-highest scoring game this season with 23 points. Catchings put up nine points and seven rebounds in a lopsided win, 87-57.
Briann January played well for Tarsus (Turkey) against Cankaya, netting 16 points with seven assists. The win helped Tarsus move back to .500 at 7-7 for the season.
In Russia, Jessica Moore had a season-high 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Spartak St. Petersburg to a 68-62 win over Spartak Moscow.
Still sitting atop the Italian League scoring list, Tamecka Dixon (18.3 points per game) also leads the league with an average of 5.2 steals per game. Despite Dixon's 15 points and nine rebounds, GMA Napoli fell to San Giovanni, 63-57.
Turning to the Spanish League, Shay Murphy went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line and scored 30 points for Mariana (Spain) in a win over Rivas Ecopolis.
In Slovakia, Christina Wirth and Presov overcame league foe Ružomberok, 76-69. Wirth had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Overseas Update #10
By Emily Diekelmann | February 9, 2010
Recapping last week's events overseas, EuroLeague teams took part in what is the equivalent of the "Sweet Sixteen" of the annual EuroLeague playoffs, with eight best-of-three series pitting Europe's top 16 teams. Fever stars Katie Douglas and Ebony Hoffman did not play in their respective series due to EuroLeague rules prohibiting more than two American players on each team.
Tamika Catchings was in EuroLeague play with Galatasaray (Turkey), sharing the spotlight with fellow WNBA star Sophia Young, and facing WNBA stars Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter while leading defending EuroLeague runner-up UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia). Catchings scored seven points with three assists in a Game 1 loss, 79-55. In Game 2, Galatasaray trailed just 50-49 with three minutes to play, but a late surge by the Russians propelled UMMC Ekaterinburg to a 61-50 win, despite 15 points from Catchings. Galatasaray was eliminated from EuroLeague competition.
Tammy Sutton-Brown and Fenerbahce (Turkey) were also active in EuroLeague playoffs, taking on Taranto (Italy) in a three-game series. Sutton-Brown netted 16 points with six rebounds in an 89-83 Game 1 victory. In Game 2, Fenerbahce was victorious once again, beating Taranto 60-55. Sutton-Brown added six points and five rebounds to the win as Fenerbahce advanced to the round of eight.
Elsewhere in Europe, while playing for Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia), Jessica Moore scored nine points in a loss to Nadezhda (Russia). In just her fourth game since going to Russia, Moore is averaging nine points and four rebounds a game. Spartak St. Petersburg does not compete in EuroLeague or EuroCup.
With her team in second place and while averaging 21.6 points per game in the Slovakian League, Christina Wirth racked up 19 points and nine rebounds in a victory over BSS Kosice (Slovakia).
Overseas Update #9
By Emily Diekelmann | Feb. 2, 2010
Updating action overseas, Tamika Catchings played her first game with new team Galatasaray (Turkey) alongside fellow Fever teammate Katie Douglas. Together, the two combined for 24 points in a 67-59 victory over Botas (Turkey).
Also of note in that game was former Rutgers guard Epiphanny Prince, whose name may be seen by WNBA fans in April. The WNBA draft prospect left Rutgers after her junior year to play in Europe and will be eligible for this year's draft. Since the WNBA was established in 1997, she is the first such player to leave a U.S. college with remaining eligibility. Prince performed well for Botas with nine points and six rebounds in the loss against Galatasaray. Prince currently ranks third in the Turkish League in scoring, averaging 18.6 points a game.
Making her debut with Fenerbache (Turkey), Ebony Hoffman put up 20 points and four rebounds in a 93-76 victory over Cankaya. Tammy Sutton-Brown added four points to the victory, keeping Fenerbache at a perfect 12-0 in Turkish League play.
Continuing her reign as the Italian League scoring leader, Tamecka Dixon netted 24 points with seven steals for Napoli (Italy) in an 85-71 loss at the hands of Faenza.
Shay Murphy scored 26 with 10 rebounds for Mariana (Spain) in a 73-70 defeat by Estudiantes (Spain). She has scored at least 20 points in eight of her team's 16 games.
Christina Wirth registered 13 points in a 61-59 loss to Poprad, Jan. 31, as her team fell into a third place tie in the Slovakian League. Wirth is currently second in the league in scoring with 21.6 points per game.
Overseas Update #8
By Emily Diekelmann | Jan. 28, 2010
In recent overseas activity, the Turkish League has added more Fever players to its rosters. Tamika Catchings has joined Katie Douglas on Galatasaray and Ebony Hoffman will play alongside Tammy Sutton-Brown on Fenerbahce, which currently sits atop the Turkish standings with a perfect 11-0 record.
Douglas continues to play well, scoring 19 in a 70-50 victory over Ceyhan, Jan. 16. She is currently ranked sixth in scoring for the Turkish League with 16.4 points per game.
Sutton-Brown participated in her fourth straight Turkish League All-Star Game, where her team, the Import Stars, beat the Turkish Stars, 108-78. Sutton-Brown finished the game with nine points and two rebounds.
Tamecka Dixon (Napoli, Italy) scored 24 points and had five assists in a loss at Faenza. Dixon maintains her status as the top scorer in the Italian League, averaging 19.5 points per contest.
Shay Murphy added 13 points to bring Mariana (Spain) back to .500 at 8-8 with a win over Hondarribia-Irun, Jan 23.
Christina Wirth provided a big boost for Presov (Slovakia), scoring a season-high 30 points in a 114-61 rout of Roznava, Jan. 17.
Overseas Update #7
by Justin Whitaker | Dec. 16, 2009
In the latest Indiana Fever overseas player update, Katie Douglas' Galatasaray (Turkey) clinched a spot in the preliminary round of the Euroleague playoffs and Shay Murphy continues to play well for Mariana (Spain).
Douglas scored 17 points in a 71-55 victory over TTT Riga to clinch the playoff spot. Galatasaray is now 6-2 in Turkish League action and 4-3 in Euroleague.
On Dec. 12, Murphy led her team to a 79-74 victory against EBE Ibiza-PDV. She had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Mariana is seventh in the Spanish league at 5-6, with Murphy third in the league in scoring 18.4 points per game.
Fenerbahce (Turkey) continued its hot streak with an 86-70 win against Frisco Sika. Tammy Sutton-Brown had 10 points and five rebounds in the victory. Fenerbahce is 5-2 in Euroleague and 8-0 in Turkish League play.
Tamecka Dixon scored 19 points and had seven rebounds in a 71-58 loss against Priolo (Italy). Dixon continues to lead the Italian League in scoring, averaging 22.5 points per game.
Overseas Update #6
By Justin Whitaker | December 8, 2009
Tammy Sutton-Brown and Fenerbahce (Turkey), continued their hot streak this week with two victories.
In the first game on Dec. 3, Sutton-Brown scored 16 points and added five rebounds in a 69-63 victory over Euroleague opponent Lotos Gdynia. On Dec. 6, she scored five points in an 88-75 victory over TED Kaysen pushing Fenerbahce to 7-0 in the Turkish League. Fenerbahce is 4-2 in Euroleague action.
Katie Douglas scored a season-high 25 points in an 82-71 victory over Cankaya. Galasataray is now 5-2 in the Turkish League and 3-3 in Euroleague.
Shay Murphy led Mariana in scoring with 21 points in an 82-78 loss against Olesa. She has scored in double-figures in eight of nine games for Mariana. They are 4-6 on the season.
Tamecka Dixon did not play in GMA Napoli's Dec. 6 game, but she still leads the Italian League in scoring averaging 23 points per game. Dixon's team is 2-7 this season.
KT vs. TSB
By Justin Whitaker | December 4, 2009
This week, Indiana Fever teammates Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown met head-to-head in Turkish League action.
Douglas' Galasataray team lost to Sutton-Brown's Fenerbahce squad 84-77. Douglas had the better individual game statistically, leading her team in scoring with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Sutton-Brown had six points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
Fenerbahce is now 6-0 in Turkish League and 10-2 overall. Galasataray dropped to 4-2 in the Turkish League and is 7-5 overall.
The Turkish League is shaping up as one of Europe's strongest this winter. Sutton-Brown's Fenerbahce teammates include fellow WNBA players Penny Taylor and Nicole Powell. Douglas is joined by a pair of two WNBA players in Jia Perkins and Sophia Young. The Turkish League also boasts a very interesting rookie in former Rutgers star Epiphanny Prince, who left the American college after her junior year to enter pro basketball. Playing for Botaº Spor in Adana, Turkey, she will be eligible for the WNBA Draft next April.
Fenerbahce and Galasataray will meet again on March 6.
Katie Douglas with 18 points
By Justin Whitaker | December 2, 2009
Katie Douglas is most recent Indiana Fever player to begin playing overseas.
She made her debut on Nov. 22, for Galatasaray of Istanbul, Turkey. She joined two fellow WNBA players on the roster in the Chicago Sky's Jia Perkins and the San Antonio Silver Stars' Sophia Young.
Galatasaray beat its Turkish League opponent, Besiktas, 79-68. Douglas had 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Her team is 4-1 in Turkish League play and 3-2 against Euroleague opponents.
Also playing in Istanbul is Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown. Sutton-Brown's team, Fenerbahce is 5-0 in the Turkish League and is 3-2 in Euroleague. She is averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per Turkish League game; and 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in Euroleague games.
In Spain, Shay Murphy has continued her strong play, scoring in double figures in seven of her eight games played. She is averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Her team, Mariana is 4-5.
Tamecka Dixon has also continued to play well in Italy as she leads the Italian League in scoring with 23 points per game. Her team is 2-6 and its most recent loss came at the hands of undefeated Taranto, 65-62. Dixon had 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in that game.
Fever players are continuing to play well
By Justin Whitaker | Nov. 17, 2009
Indiana Fever players are continuing to play well all across Europe and the world.
On Nov. 14, Shay Murphy had 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting in an 84-70 loss against Real C. Vigo. Her team is 2-5 in Spanish League play and she leads her team in scoring with 19.8 points per game. Murphy recently took time out of her busy schedule in Spain to answer 10 Questions here at FeverBasketball.com.
Christina Wirth played in two games last week in Slovakia, with Presov splitting the games. On Nov. 11, against Poprad, she led her team to an 84-68 victory with 27 points including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Against Nitra on Nov. 15, Wirth had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-54 loss. Wirth is averaging 21.7 ppg and shooting 94 percent from the free-throw line. Her team is 8-4 on the season and 4-2 since Wirth joined the team.
Tamecka Dixon averages 26.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and five steals per game. Her team is 1-4 this season.
Tammy Sutton-Brown did not play in the 84-64 victory against Istanbul University. Her team is 1-2 in EuroLeague and 4-0 in Turkish League games.
Katie Douglas should begin playing in Turkey soon for Galatasaray. Her team is 3-0 in EuroLeague and 3-1 in the Turkish League. Douglas' Galatasaray will play Sutton-Brown's Fenerbahce on Nov. 28 in a matchup between Turkish League powerhouses.
Fever players slowly returning to action overseas
By Justin Whitaker | Nov. 10, 2009
Three Indiana Fever players in the beginning portion of their overseas schedules were joined this week by another. Tammy Sutton-Brown made her overseas debut last week in Turkey for three-time defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce.
On Nov. 8, Sutton-Brown recorded 11 points and five rebounds in an 82-73 victory over Ceyhan Bid. Fenerbahce is now 3-0 in Turkish League play and 4-1 overall. Sutton-Brown is beginning her fourth straight season with the Istanbul-based team.
In Italy, Tamecka Dixon has kept up her strong play with a great game on Nov. 7 against Bracco Geas. G.M.A. Napoli won 77-68, on the back of Dixon's 22 points, nine rebounds and six steals. In four games, Dixon is averaging 26.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, five steals and 2.8 assists. She is also shooting 50 percent from the field.
In France, Shay Murphy leads her team, Soller Joventut Mariana, with 19 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds with 7.6 per game.
In Slovakia, Christina Wirth's team, Presov, is third in the league and 8-3 overall. Presov is 4-1 since Wirth joined the team. She is averaging 21.4 points per game, including a 27-point effort against Poprad in an 84-68 victory.
Fever players already in action overseas
By Justin Whitaker | Nov. 2, 2009
The overseas women's basketball leagues have officially started and Indiana Fever players are just beginning to play.
Currently, Indiana has seven players overseas: Jessica Davenport (China), Tamecka Dixon (Italy, G.M.A. Napoli), Katie Douglas (Turkey, Galatasaray), Jessica Moore (Russia, Spartak), Shay Murphy (Spain, Soller Joventud Mariana), Tammy Sutton-Brown (Turkey, Fenerbahce) and Christina Wirth (Slovakia, Presov).
Tully Bevilaqua will remain in Indianapolis through this winter basketball season. Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman both will venture overseas in January. Speaking of January, Briann is resting after her senior year of college and first pro season which ran consecutive over the past 12 months. She is slated to play overseas some time in December.
Not all players have actually started playing games with their new teams, but Fever reserves Murphy and Dixon have started off hot in their respective leagues.
In four games in Spain, Murphy is averaging 23 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals. She is also shooting 52.5 percent from the field. Her best game came against Estudiantes in a 74-69 victory on Oct. 25 when she had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
In three games in Italy, Dixon is averaging 28.3 points, six rebounds and 4.7 steals. Her best game was on Oct. 18 when she scored 33 points and had seven steals in an 82-72 loss against Comense.