Overseas Update: January 13-24
For New York Liberty fans looking for up-to-date information on their favorite Liberty players as they continue to compete and excel overseas, the following is a quick recap of how several players have fared with their European teams. The summary covers games played from January 13-24.
Croatian League/Euroleague (Leilani Mitchell - Novi Zagreb)
Novi Zagreb (12-1) ended a 12-game win streak in an overtime thriller vs. Gospic (12-1). The 103-98 loss landed Novi Zagreb in second place and Gospic with the top spot in the League, as both teams had an 11-1 record before this meeting. Mitchell contributed 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in the game. In the Croatian League, Mitchell averages 7.1 points and is second in assists (3.9) Novi Zagreb lost to CCC Polkowice in a Euroleague matchup, 55-76. Mitchell contributed three assists and two points. In Euroleague, Mitchell averages 8.5 points and 2.8 assists.
Czech Republic League/Euroleague (Kia Vaugn - USK Praha)
Top-ranked USK Praha (18-1) defeated fourth place Trutnov, 88-58. USK controlled the game for its entirety and dominated inside with 58 points in the paint. Kia Vaughn recorded a double-double in the matchup with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.
For her performance in Round 18, Vaughn earned the Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award. She is the leagues seventh leading scorer (15.7) and fifth leading rebounder (8.8.).
Slovakian League/Euroleague (Plenette Pierson - Good Angels)
Good Angels (8-2) defeated Familiia Schio 78-67, and will continue on a five-game win streak. Plenette Pierson recorded 21 points and nine assists in the matchup. They maintain leadership in Euroleague’s Group B, a position they share with Pondexter’s Fenerbahce, a matchup to take place next week.
Russian League/Euroleague (Kara Braxton – Nadezhda Orenburg; Quanitra Hollingsworth – UMMC Ekaterinburg)
Fourth-placed Nadezhda Orenburg (7-4) lost 73-61 to Vologda-Chevakata. Kara Braxton led Nadezhda with 14 points and four rebounds.
Over six games Braxton has averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in the Russian League.
UMMC Ekaterinburg defeated Mondeville 79-58 in a Euroleague matchup. Quanitra Hollingsworth contributed five points and two rebounds.
In Euroleague, Hollingsworth averages 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. In the Russian League, she averages 9.8 points and five assists.
Turkish League/Euroleague (Cappie Pondexter - Fenerbahce; Essence Carson - Istanbul Universitesi; Janel McCarville – Canik Belediyesi)
Fenerbahce (Cappie Pondexter) defeated Canik Belediyesi (Janel McCarville) 84-66 in a Turkish League matchup. Fenerbahce dominated inside with 62 points in the paint and also dished out 28 assists. Pondexter contributed 12 points and three assists, shooting 50 percent from the field. In Canik Belediyesi’s loss, McCarville contributed two points and five rebounds.
In Euroleague action, Fenerbahce defeated Arras 81-75. Pondexter contributed six points and eight assists.
In the Turkish League Pondexter averages 12.4 points and 3.7 assists, and 11.7 points and 3.8 assists in Euroleague, as the league’s eighth assists leader.
Ninth ranked Istanbul Universitesi (6-8) lost on the road to Kayseri 64-54. Essence Carson contributed 10 points in the matchup. Carson is averaging 13.4 points for the season.