For many players, basketball season doesn’t end once the final buzzer sounds in the WNBA. Here are some of the top recent performers during international play (click here to see the full list of WNBA players overseas).
Sylvia Fowles – Minnesota Lynx
Fowles has continued her dominance while playing with Beijing in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association. Playing in 17 of her team’s 31 games so far this season, Fowles has totaled 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per contest. A couple weeks ago, Fowles carried her team in the first round of semifinal action, compiling 28 points, 20 rebounds and three steals en route to an 81-65 win over Breanna Stewart and Shanghai. With rounds two and three of the semifinals coming up, Fowles will once again be the go-to player for her team when it needs her most.
Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun
When we checked in on Jones earlier in her overseas season, she was putting up numbers that would be difficult to achieve even in video games. Well, now 29 games in and riding a four-game winning streak in a playoff run with Shanxi, Jones has maintained the incredible stat sheets. Averaging 28.8 points and 18.8 rebounds per game, Jones continues to have Connecticut Sun fans salivating over her efforts. In the first round of semifinal action, she poured in 26 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks, helping secure a 73-62 victory. With rounds two and three of semifinal action set for Feb. 24 and Feb. 26, respectively, Jones will be eager to get things rolling again.
Courtney Paris – Seattle Storm
Playing for second-place Hatay in the Turkish league, Paris has enjoyed a very productive overseas season. In 17 games, she has averages of 14.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per contest. In her most recent game, an 81-62 dismantling of Abdullah Gul, Paris tallied 22 points (10-13 FG), 12 rebounds and four assists. Her noteworthy performance earned her the Player of the Week award in the Turkish league. At 30 years old, Paris, like so many other effective veterans throughout the WNBA, continues to show firepower and defy “Father Time.”
Alysha Clark – Seattle Storm
Clark is coming off one of her best WNBA campaigns with the Storm, and she has carried that energy and momentum all season for Polish club CCC Polkowice. For the season, Clark is second on her team in points per game (13.5) and leading in rebounds per game (7.2). During the team’s current four-game winning streak, Clark has averaged 12.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. The consistency throughout her season has been impressive for Clark, as the 30-year-old continues to prove she still has plenty of dominant basketball left in her.
Kia Vaughn – New York Liberty
Vaughn, who enters her 10th WNBA season, has been a steady contributor for her team in the Turkish league, Fenerbahce. In 17 games played, Vaughn has put up 8.5 points (54.3% FG) and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Fenerbahce, which also features Kelsey Plum and Aerial Powers, currently sits in third place at 15-3. In their most recent game, Vaughn put together a very productive outing of 13 points (6-9 FG) and five rebounds, although it came in a tough 71-62 loss. As the EuroLeague quarterfinals approach, Vaughn and her team will look to raise their level of play even higher to finish strong.