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WNBA Overseas Report – EuroLeague Women (Week of 2/17)

After a near three week break due to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying TournamentEuroLeague action resumed on Feb. 19. With the playoffs beginning on Mar. 11, teams are looking to make a last playoff push in the final week.

Among the biggest storylines from this past week was the debut of  Breanna Stewart for the already dominant UMMC Ekaterinburg. Having won the EuroLeague the past two seasons, UMMC Ekaterinburg currently sits in first place with a league-best 12-1 record. With the addition of the 2018 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP, the team currently boasts an All-Star starting five.

Now for a look at the top performances from WNBA players in the EuroLeague during the Week of 2/17.

Brionna Jones

Overseas Team: ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/19): 24 PTS | 10 REB | 2 BLK

Photograph Courtesy of FIBA

Thriving in her role as a complementary player to WNBA teammate Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones led ZVVZ USK Praha to a 89-57 victory over Reyer Venezia. In the win, Jones recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The most staggering part of Jones’ performance was her shooting efficiency, as she went 10/13 (76.9%) from the field. As a result of her performance, Jones earned the Top Performer award for Week 13 of EuroLeague action. Largely a bench player in Connecticut over the past few years, it will be intriguing to see if Jones’ breakout EuroLeague season translates to the WNBA in 2020.

Alyssa Thomas

Overseas Team: ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/19): 21 PTS | 7 REB | 3 STL

Another game, another strong performance from Alyssa Thomas. In ZVVZ USK Praha’s most recent 89-57 victory, Thomas recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Averaging 18.6 points per game and league-highs in rebounds (11.7) and steals (3.3) per game, Thomas has emerged as a top EuroLeague MVP candidate and has led ZVVZ USK Praha to the second-best record (11-2) in the league.

Alysha Clark

Overseas Team: LDLC ASVEL Feminin (France)

WNBA Team: Seattle Storm

Stats (2/20): 21 PTS | 7 REB | 4 AST

Photograph Courtesy of FIBA

Since joining LDLC ASVEL Feminin in early January, Alysha Clark has emerged as the team’s go-to option. Currently leading the team in points, steals and efficiency per game, Clark had arguably her best performance of the season in the team’s last contest. With the season on the line, Clark posted a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds and also tacked on four assists to lead LDLC ASVEL Feminin past Arka Gdynia, 92-82. Sitting at 7-6 with one more regular-season game left on the schedule, LDLC ASVEL Feminin faces No. 1 Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo in a pivotal game. With the odds stacked against them, LDLC ASVEL Feminin will likely depend heavily on Clark in this matchup, with the hopes that she can prevail and lead the team to victory and a Quarter-Finals berth. 

DeWanna Bonner

Overseas Team: Dynamo Kursk

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/20): 20 PTS | 6 REB | 4 STL

Photograph Courtesy of FIBA

It has been a busy time for DeWanna Bonner.

After signing a multi-year contract with the Connecticut Sun last week, Bonner played in a key game for Dynamo Kursk. Entering the game with a 5-7 record and facing 6-6 Sopron Basket, Dynamo Kursk needed a win in order to stay in playoff contention. Led by Bonner, who filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals, Dynamo Kursk defeated Sopron Basket 74-61. Currently sitting at 6-7, Dynamo Kursk is still in playoff contention. Facing a favorable matchup next week against 3-10 Arka Gydnia, Dynamo Kursk will likely depend on WNBA veterans Bonner and Angel McCoughtry to lead the team to victory. However, even with a victory next week that would get the team to 7-7, they’re not guaranteed a Quarter-Finals berth and would likely need other events to occur.

Alex Bentley 

Overseas Team: Gelecek Koleji Cukurova (Turkey)

WNBA Team: Atlanta Dream

Stats (2/19): 18 PTS | 7 AST | 1 STL

Although Gelecek Koleji Cukruova will miss the playoffs with a 3-10 record and one week remaining in the regular season, that didn’t deter the team from going out without a fight. Led by Alex Bentley, who posted a season-high 18 points and tied a season-high with seven assists, Gelecek Koleji Cukurova defeated Castors Braine, 70-60, snapping an eight-game losing streak. It was Bentley’s best performance of the season and one in which she showcased her ability to attack teams with her scoring and passing.

Stay tuned and check back next week as we recap the top WNBA player performances from the final regular season week of the EuroLeague.