WNBA Overseas Report – EuroLeague Women (Week of 1/27)

As the EuroLeague Women heads to the final weeks of regular season play, WNBA players continue to shine in their roles overseas.

Considering this, let’s take a look at the top performances from WNBA players in the EuroLeague during the Week of 1/27.

Erica Wheeler

Overseas Team: Nadezhda (Russia)

WNBA Team: Indiana Fever

Stats (1/28): 22 PTS | 4 REB | 8 AST

Coming off a breakout 27-point performance in her previous game, Wheeler had yet another impressive outing, recording 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Although Nadezhda fell to ZVVZ USK Praha, 86-67, it’s a great sign that Wheeler is starting to find her stride after struggling at the beginning of the season. With the playoffs approaching rapidly, Nadezhda will depend heavily on Wheeler’s production moving forward.

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Alyssa Thomas

Overseas Team: ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (1/28): 18 PTS | 19 REB | 6 AST

Thriving in her role as the star of ZVVZ USK Praha in the EuroLeague, Alyssa Thomas continues to stuff the stat sheet on a weekly basis. In ZVVZ USK Praha’s most recent 86-67 victory over Nadezhda, Alyssa Thomas finished with 18 points, 19 rebounds and six assists. Averaging 18.4 points and a league-high 12.1 rebounds per game, Thomas is a legitimate EuroLeague MVP candidate. To make it even more impressive, Thomas’ production has helped lead ZVVSZ USK Praha to a 10-2 record, which is second-best in the league.

Brittney Griner

Overseas Team: UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

Stats (1/28): 19 PTS | 10 REB | 3 BLK

The 2019 WNBA regular season points per game leader has continued her dominance overseas. Averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, Griner recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in UMMC Ekaterinburg’s 87-67 victory over TTT Riga. Griner also tacked along three blocks and has been a catalyst for the 2018 and 2019 EuroLeague Champions. With the team currently boasting a league-best 11-1 record, UMMC Ekaterinburg’s quest for a three-peat is in full force.

Natalie Achonwa

Overseas Team: Bourges Basket (France)

WNBA Team: Indiana Fever

Stats (1/28): 25 PTS | 5 REB | 4 STL

In Bourges Basket’s 88-50 victory over Gelecek Koleji Cukurova, Natalie Achonwa erupted for a season-high 25 points. Achonwa also tacked on five rebounds and four steals. After scoring single-digit points in her first four games, Achonwa has posted 19 points and 25 points in the past two games. For a Bourges Basket team that currently sits at 8-4 and has clinched a spot in the Quarter-Finals, Achonwa’s increased offensive production bodes well for the team moving forward. 

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Candice Dupree

Overseas Team: Sopron Basket (Hungary)

WNBA Team: Indiana Fever

Stats (1/28): 18 PTS | 6 REB | 2 AST

A 14-year WNBA veteran and 7x WNBA All-Star, Candice Dupree has shown no signs of slowing down. In Sopron Basket’s most recent 77-67 victory over Arka Gdynia, Dupree tallied a game-high 18 points. At 35 years old, it’s great to see Dupree continue her efficiency on the court ahead of her 15th WNBA season.

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