Now more than a week removed from the WNBA season’s end, more and more of the league’s best are making the move overseas for competition.
Let’s take a look at some of the action over the past week.
Fresh off a WNBA championship, at least five members of the Minnesota Lynx are headed overseas. WNBA Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles is headed to Beijing, where she’ll play in the WCBA – a league that also features her Lynx teammate Maya Moore.
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) October 27, 2015
EuroLeague Women newcomers Castors Braine continue to experience early success behind former Storm and Liberty center Ann Wauters. The Belgian squad knocked off Spar CityLift Garona despite 11 points and six assists from Chelsea Gray.
The win was Castors Braine’s first ever home victory in the EuroLeague.
Asia and Puerto Rico
New York Liberty frontcourt stars are faring well in Asia thus far. Tina Charles is playing in China for the first time in her career and is averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds per game with Xinjiang. And Kiah Stokes is continuing to find success fresh off an All-Rookie season.
Stokes has been impressive in training with the Samsung Blue Minx in South Korea. Although her season doesn’t start for another week, she’s already being hailed as a “block machine” in the league.
Their Liberty teammate Sugar Rodgers isn’t showing any signs of slowing down after a hot WNBA postseason.
Her Atenienses fe Manati (Puerto Rico) team is 12-4 and has cruised to two wins in the past week. Rodgers is averaging 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 46.2 percent shooting since arriving.
Teams across the world are adding fresh faces to the roster as WNBA players begin to make the trek overseas, and Nadezhda welcomed recent WNBA champion Anna Cruz to the fold. She helped out in a big way Wednesday.
Nadezhda knocked off ZVVZ USK Praha 58-54 behind six points, seven rebounds, and six assists from Cruz, who helped pace the Nadezhda offense all game long.
DeWanna Bonner added a game-high 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Kayla McBride scored 10 points. Kia Vaughn led the way for USK Praha pouring in 11 points and tallying 13 rebounds.