WNBA Overseas Report – EuroLeague Women (Week of 2/24)

After nearly six months of game action, the EuroLeague regular season has come to a conclusion. Eight teams have qualified for the EuroLeague Quarter-Finals, with the biggest storyline surrounding powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg, which finished the regular season with a 13-1 record and seeks its third consecutive EuroLeague title.

With three playoff spots up for grabs heading into the final week of regular season play, BLMA, LDLC ASVEL Feminin and Familia Scho punched their tickets. The Quarter-Finals will officially begin on Mar. 11.

Let’s take a look at the top performances from WNBA players in the EuroLeague during the last week of the regular season.

Breanna Stewart

Overseas Team: UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

WNBA Team: Seattle Storm

Stats (2/26): 16 PTS | 8 REB | 5 AST

She’s back!

After suffering a devastating Achilles injury last April, Breanna Stewart’s quick return to the court has been remarkable. Even more impressive was her performance this past week. Stewart was rusty in her first game, recording just four points (1/6) in 21 minutes of play. In her second game, Stewart showed flashes of her 2018 WNBA MVP self. She stuffed the stat sheet and finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists while leading UMMC Ekaterinburg to a dominant 112-37 victory over Gelecek Koleji Cukurova. Having recently played in USA Basketball exhibition games and now the EuroLeague, Stewart continues to face more game action in anticipation of the 2020 WNBA season. Although her sample size of games in the past month has been small, her most recent performance in the EuroLeague is her best since returning to the court.

Jonquel Jones

Overseas Team: UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/26): 15 PTS | 8 REB | 3 AST

On a team filled with WNBA All-Stars, it’s unsurprising that yet another member of UMMC Ekaterinburg had a standout performance this past week. In their most recent victory, Jones recorded 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Although this stat line isn’t shocking from the caliber of a player like Jones, what stands out is that she produced these numbers in just 16 minutes of game action. When on the court, Jones was dominant and nearly scored at the rate of a point per minute. On the season, Jones has averaged 10.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 18.2 minutes per game. On a dominant team that tends to grab early leads on opponents and not slow down, Jones has thrived in her role off the bench.

DeWanna Bonner

Overseas Team: Dynamo Kursk (Russia)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/26): 24 PTS | 7 REB | 2 STL

In the final regular-season game, DeWanna Bonner left it all on the court. Bonner erupted for a game-high 24 points while also tacking on seven rebounds and two steals. Behind Bonner’s big game, Dynamo Kursk defeated Arka Gdynia 64-58. With the victory, Dynamo Kursk finished the season 7-7, falling just short of making the playoffs. Although they missed out on the ultimate goal, Bonner’s continued production overseas directly following the 2019 WNBA season is a good sign for her durability moving forward. At the age of 32, Bonner has shown no signs of slowing down and continues to score at a high rate. Coming off a WNBA season in which she averaged 17.2 points per game, Bonner averaged 16 a game in the EuroLeague. After a near 10 month stretch of playing competitive basketball on a daily basis, the next time Bonner hits the court will be in May when she suits up for the first time as a member of the Connecticut Sun.

Brionna Jones

Overseas Team: ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

Stats (2/26): 21 PTS | 13 REB | 2 STL

Photograph Courtesy of FIBA

After earning the Top Performer award for Week 13 of the EuroLeague, Brionna Jones backed up her big performance with yet another one this past week. Jones led ZVVZ USK Praha to an 89-65 victory behind a game-high 21-point, 13-rebound double-double. For a team that boasts the second-best record in the league and has largely been led by Alyssa Thomas’ spectacular season, Jones has started getting hot at the right time. In the past two games, Jones has led the team in both points and rebounds. She has also recorded a double-double in three of her past four games. With the Quarter-Finals next on the schedule, Jones’ emergence as a dynamic complementary player to Thomas makes ZVVZ USK Praha one of the most dangerous teams heading into the playoffs.