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 was the catalyst in helping her Beijing Great Wall team dominate the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association playoffs as Beijing lost just one game over three rounds. In the best-of-5 finals against a Shanxi XI squad led by dominant post-presence Jonquel Jones, Fowles and Bejing made quick work of them too. In the three games, Fowles averaged 23.3 points and 15.7 rebounds. In the final game to clinch the title for Beijing, Fowles attacked the stat sheet as she scored 32 points and grabbed 22 rebounds.
Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun
Jones has become one of the best front-court players in the WNBA, and all season long in China playing with Shanxi XI, she has kept up that pace. In the finals, although Shanxi XI was swept, Jones posted a strong numbers. She averaged 15.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the series, but was outmatched by Fowles and the dominance of Beijing.
Angel McCoughtry – Atlanta Dream
The WNBA veteran, who will return to the Atlanta Dream this season, was the deciding factor in the quarterfinal round in the Euroleague Playoffs. Her club team, Dynamo Kursk, defeated Familia Schio 2-0 in the best-of-3 series with McCoughtry averaging 17.0 points and five rebounds per game over that span. Next up for Dynamo Kursk is a Euroleague semi-final match-up with Russian powerhouse, UMMC, beginning April 20.
Yvonne Turner – Phoenix Mercury
As more of a role player for the Phoenix Mercury, Turner lifted her level of play this season overseas with Hungarian club team, Sopron Basket. Leading the charge into the Euroleague playoffs, Turner helped Sopron Basket get past Turkish juggernaut Fenerbahce in the quarterfinals, 2-1. In the three-game series, she averaged 19.3 points, including a 29-point, four-rebound and four-steal performance in the series clincher. Up next for Turner and Sopron Basket is a semifinal showdown with Turkey’s Yakin Dogu.
Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx
Moore, the Lynx’s dominating forward, joined the second half of the Euroleague season with Russian force, UMMC. Out of all four teams in the Euroleague semifinals, UMMC has had the easiest road so far. In the quarterfinals against USK Praha, UMMC won both of its games by an average of 23 points. Moore filled the stat sheet, totaling 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and six assists per game. The semifinal matchup with Dynamo Kursk in a little over a month will be must-see basketball.