For WNBA players, the basketball season rarely ends when the W schedule is complete. Take a look at some standouts across the water from the overseas season.
Brittney Griner & Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
UMMC Ekaterinburg is in first place of the Russian league standings at 11-0 and sits atop its EuroLeague group at 5-1. Griner, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the Olympics last summer, is thriving once again in international action, posting 16 points and six boards per game during EuroLeague play. Diana Taurasi is leading the team at 18.7 points per night.
Allie Quigley, Chicago Sky
Quigley is among the many WNBA players starring for Fenerbahce in Turkey this winter. In her second season with the club, Quigley has helped Fenerbahce to a 7-1 record in the Turkish league and a 5-1 mark in EuroLeague action. She’s been getting buckets with ease all season, the latest example being her 14-point outing on just six shot attempts in Fenerbahce’s most recent game. She started hot with 35 points in the EuroLeague opener and hasn’t looked back.
Quigley has been consistent across all competitions, scoring 16.6 points per game in Turkey and 16.5 per night in the EuroLeague. She earned MVP last year as Fenerbahce won the Turkish Cup, and the Chicago guard appears to be on her way to more hardware this season.
Alex Bentley, Connecticut Sun
Playing alongside Storm forward Alysha Clark, Bentley is averaging 19.1 points per game (fourth in the league) for Adana ASKI in Turkey. The Sun guard is also dishing out a team-high 3.8 assists per contest. In its most recent game, Adana ASKI earned a 90-86 victory over Osmaniye in which Bentley contributed 22 points.
Kahleah Copper, Washington Mystics
Coming off a rookie season in which she averaged 6.2 points per game off the bench for the Mystics, Copper is thriving during her first campaign overseas. The 6-1 forward ranks fourth in the Belgian league at 17.9 points per contest, and she’s also contributing 15 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup play. Her team, Royal Castors Braine, is atop the league standings with a 12-0 record.
Reshanda Gray, Atlanta Dream
Gray is playing in Italy for the second straight year, and the Dream forward ranks among the league leaders in scoring with 20.4 points per contest. She’s also averaging a double-double with 11.8 rebounds per night and shooting an efficient 55.1 percent from the field. Her Napoli squad also features Wings forward Theresa Plaisance, who’s close behind Gray with 17.4 points per game.