Regular Season Play Winding Down Overseas


Regular season play is coming to a conclusion for many of your favorite Lynx players, so we thought it'd be appropriate to see how things are going as they head down the stretch and into postseason play in their respective leagues.  Special thanks to Lynx stats guru Paul Swanson for providing much of the content.


Russia

Kelly Miller, Noelle Quinn and Spartak Moscow finished up play in the Cup of Russia Tournament this past weekend, falling in the championship game to UMMC (Ekaterinburg) on Friday.  Miller pitched in four points in the 70-64 defeat.  Spartak currently sit atop the Superleague regular standings at 15-1 with two games left to play. 

As of March 1, Miller holds averages of 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 15 games in Superleague play.  Quinn, who joined the team after earlier stints in Lithuania and the Bulgarian National Team, in four games is averaging 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.1 mpg.

In addition to its Superleague dominance, Spartak is still alive in EuroLeague action and will vie for its third-straight European title in early April when it takes on UMMC Ekaterinburg in Game One of the EuroLeague Final Four. 

Superleague Standings (as of Tuesday, March 3)

Spartak Moscow (Miller, Quinn)  15-1
UMMC Ekaterinburg                  14-2
CSKA Moscow                            12-3
Dynamo Moscow                        10-7
Nadezhda Orenburg                       9-7
Dynamo Kursk                           7-9
Vologda-Chevakata                     7-10
Spartak St. Petersburg                     3-13
Dynamo-GUVD                            3-13
Slavianka Chelyabinsk                   0-16

Games Remaining: Spartak Moscow

Mar. 12 -- vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg
Mar. 16 -- vs. CSKA Moscow

Superleague Playoffs

Mar. 23-26-29 -- Quarterfinals (2/3)
Apr. 12-15-18 -- Semifinals (2/3)
Apr. 22-25-28 -- Championship (2/3)

EuroLeague Final Four

Apr. 3 -- vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg
Apr. 5 -- Championship/Consolation 


Spain

Candice Wiggins and Ros Casares captured its third straight Copa de la Reina Tournament championship this weekend, defeating Ibiza 65-60 on Sunday.  Wiggins averaged 8.4 points in the tournament, including a high of 12 points in the semi-final game against Olesa.  The Copa de la Reina Tournament is a knock-out tournament involving teams from the Liga Femenina, but is separate from the regular season standings.

After spending the first 3+ months of the WNBA offseason recovering from arthroscopic surgery on her right knee, the 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year headed overseas to Valencia, Spain, in mid-January to join Ros. As of March 9, in eight games in the Spanish League, Wiggins is averaging 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals in 20.8 mpg. Wiggins' Ros Casares squad is lapping the competition, posting a 20-1 record with five games remaining in regular season play.

Roneeka Hodges, acquired from Houston in the Dispersal Draft on Dec. 8, 2008, is currently playing for Rivas Ecópolis, where in eight games she is averaging 18.5 points while shooting 50% (55-of-110) from the field, including 48.3% (28-of-58) from long distance.  Rivas currently sits in third place with a 16-5 record.  Hodges and Rivas participated in the Copa de la Reina Tournament this past weekend, loosing its first game to Celta Indepo 74-65.  Hodges scored 16 points in defeat.

2009 free-agent LaToya Thomas, who the Lynx acquired from Detroit in 2008 in exchange for Shay Murphy, plays for Mann Filter Zaragoza, which sits towards the bottom of the league with a 5-16 record.  In 21 games, Thomas is averaging 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 35.4 mpg.

Liga Femenina Standings (As of Tuesday, March 3)   

Ros Casares (Wiggins)          20-1
Perfumerías Avenida        17-4
Rivas Ecópolis (Hodges)              16-5
Joventut Mariana             13-8
San José León                           12-9
Olesa-Espanyol                           12-9
Ibiza-PDV                                   11-10
Celta Indepo                              10-11
Hondarribia-Irún                          10-11
Cadí La Seu                               7-14
Extrugasa                                  5-16

Mann Filter Zaragoza (L.Thomas) 

5-16  

Gran Canaria                                             5-16
Estudiantes                                              4-17 


Games Remaining -- Ros Casares

Liga Femenina Regular Season

Mar. 14 -- vs. Ibiza-PDV
Mar. 21 -- at Mann Filter Zaragoza
Mar. 28 -- vs. Rivas Ecópolis
Apr. 4 -- at Hondarribia-Irún
Apr. 11 -- vs. Extrugasa

Liga Femenina Playoffs

Apr. 18-22-25 -- Semifinals (2/3)
Apr. 29-May 1-3 -- Championship (2/3)

Games Remaining -- Rivas Ecópolis
Liga Femenina Regular Season
Mar. 14 -- at San José León
Mar. 21 -- vs. Perfumerías Avenida
Mar. 28 -- at Ros Casares
Apr. 4 -- vs. Gran Canaria
Apr. 11 -- at Celta Indepo

Liga Femenina Playoffs

Apr. 18-22-25 -- Semifinals (2/3)
Apr. 29-May 1-3 -- Championship (2/3)


Turkey

Seimone Augustus' Galatasaray squad sits in the middle of the pack in the Turkish League standings at 10-6.  As of March 1, in 17 games, Augustus is averaging 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.0 mpg.  Augustus and Galatasaray have four regular season games remaining.

Galatasaray is also very much alive in EuroCup play, and will take on Russian power Dynamo Kursk this Thursday, March 12 in the EuroCup semifinals.  In 11 games in EuroCup play, Augustus is averaging 18.9 points, 4.7 rebounds while shooting 56.1% (92-of-164) from the field. 

After spending the first five months of the offseason back home in Wisconsin, Lynx guard Anna DeForge has just recently signed with Besiktas Cola Turka of the Turkish League.  DeForge made her debut Feb. 28, scoring 10 points and adding four rebounds in just under 27 minutes of play.  DeForge added 12 points in Besiktas' 79-73 win over Tarsus on Wednesday.

TBBL Standings (As of Tuesday, March 3)

Fenerbahce                      13-2  
Samsun                                    13-3
Mersin                          13-3
Galatasaray (Augustus)            10-6
Besiktas (DeForge)            9-7
Tarsus                          8-8
Ceyhan                          7-9
Ted Kayseri Koleji    7-9
Botas                            4-13
Cankaya Uni.                  3-14
Burhaniye                      2-15

Games Remaining -- Galatasaray

TBBL Regular Season

Mar. 14 -- vs. Ted Kayseri Koleji
Mar. 21 -- vs. Besiktas

TBBL Playoffs

Date TBA -- Quarterfinals (2/3)
Date TBA -- Semifinals (2/3)
Date TBA -- Championship (3/5)

EuroCup

Mar. 12-19 -- vs. Dynamo Kursk
Apr. 2-9 -- vs. Taranto/Dynamo Moscow winner

Games Remaining -- Besiktas

TBBL Regular Season

Mar. 11 -- vs. Ted Kayseri Koleji
Mar. 15 -- vs. Fenerbahce
Mar. 21 -- at Galatasaray

TBBL Playoffs

Date TBA -- Quarterfinals (2/3)
Date TBA -- Semifinals (2/3)
Date TBA -- Championship (3/5)


Israel

Nicky Anosike, Navonda Moore and Charde Houston all began the season in Israel, but only Charde Houston remains in the Israeli D1 League.  Newcomer LaToya Pringle is also making her mark in Israel, playing for Maccabi Ramat Hen.

Charde Houston's Raanana Hertzliva squad is currently alive in playoff action in the Israeli D1 League.  Houston and company have won their first two games, defeating Elizur Ramla 81-77 last Thursday, and Maccabi Ashdod 91-83 on Sunday.  In Sunday's eight-point win, Houston tallied 32 points, eight rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. 

Houston got off to a tremendous start for Hertzliva before injuring her knee Dec. 23, which forced her to sit out six weeks.  Houston picked up where she left off, and in 15 regular-season games averaged 26.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game.  Houston's Raanana squad ended the regular season at 14-4, tied for second place in the standings. 

Newly-acquired LaToya Pringle is currently playing for Maccabi Ramat Hen in Israel, where, as of March 1, in 18 games she is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.72 blocks per game.  Pringle's squad won its first round playoff game last Wednesday, defeating Maccabi Ashdod 90-79, but lost 58-93 to Electra Ramat Hasharon on Sunday.  Pringle tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Israeli D1 League Standings (Final)

Electra Ramat Hasharon                      15-3
Maccabi Ramat Hen (Pringle)            14-4
Raanana Hertzliya (Houston)            14-4
Elizur Ramla                               13-5
Maccabi Ashdod                         11-7
Elizur Holon                                9-9
Elizur Maccabi Natanya             7-11
Bnei Yehuda                              4-14
Hapoel Tel Aviv                          3-15
Maccabi Tel Kabir                 0-18

Games Remaining -- Raanana Hertzliya (Houston)

D1 Playoffs

Mar. 12 -- vs. Electra Ramat Hasharon
Mar. 16 -- at Maccabi Ramat Hen
Mar. 19 -- vs. Elizur Holon

Games Remaining -- Maccabi Ramat Hen (Pringle)

D1 Playoffs

Mar. 12 -- vs. Elizur Holon

Mar. 16 -- vs. Raanana Hertzliya
Mar. 19 -- at Elizur Ramla


Poland

After beginning her first season oversees in Israel, Nicky Anosike's travels brought her to Poland where she is now playing for AZS Gorzow of the Polish League.  As of March 1, in five games, Anosike is averaging 17.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game for AZS Gorzow.  Anosike has two weeks of regular season play remaining before postseason play begins.

Standings (as of Tuesday, March 3)

Lotos Gdynia                              19-2
CCC Polkowice                           17-4
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow              17-4
AZS Gorzow (Anosike)                       16-4
Energa Torun                             12-9
AZS Poznan                                11-10
Super Pol Leszno              10-12
Utex Row Rybnik             10-11
Finepharm Jelenia Gora                   7-14
Cukierki Odra Brzeg                6-16
MUKS Poznan                            6-15
Siemens Lodz                            4-17
PTK Pabianice                            2-19

Games Remaining -- AZS Gorzow

PLKK Regular Season

Mar. 11 -- at Finepharm Jelenia Gora
Mar. 15 -- vs. CCC Polkowice

PLKK Playoffs

Date TBA -- Quarterfinals (2/3)
Date TBA -- Semifinals (3/5)
Date TBA -- Championship (4/7)

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