In this week’s international update, the Liberty’s most recent addition Shavonte Zellous recently took her talents overseas as she signed with Adana Aski Mersin in Turkey, where she has already made a major impact. In the most recent game for the team on January 29th, she had an impressive performance, contributing 25 points and 6 rebounds!
In South Korea, Kiah Stokes and Bichumi are on a two-game winning streak with hopes of continuing, she is averaging 10.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg which is helping her team to dominate the competition. In the Turkish competition, Avery Warley-Talbert clinches another double-double for herself in overseas action, and Tina Charles and Xinjiang are about to start the WCBA postseason tournament, where her squad secured the top overall seed after three stages of regular season play.
Shavonte Zellous #8 – Adana Aski Mersin
3-14 (14th in KBSL)
Jan. 29: 81-78 W (25 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 31 min)
Recently signed guard Shavonte Zellous is now playing in Turkey with Adana Aski Mersin where she has stepped in to make her presence felt almost immediately. She has played in four games thus far and averaging 17.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 1.5 apg. In the most recent game against Besiktas she dropped 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Her squad is trying to climb up the standings in the second half of the Turkish League season, where they are currently ranked 14th at 3-14.
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ESSENCE CARSON #32 – Canik BLD
8-9 (7th in KBSL)
Jan. 31: 57-88 L (16 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 31 min)
Last weekend, Canik BLD faced a Fenerbahce squad that is deep with WNBA talent (Allie Quigley, Marissa Coleman, Jantel Lavender, Quanitra Hollingsworth) and suffered an 88-57 setback. Essence Carson contributed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist in 31 minutes of action, but it was not enough for Canik to keep pace with a Fenerbahce squad that is now in a three-way tie for first in the KBSL standings. Carson is averaging 12.0 ppg this season and shooting 42.0 percent from the field.
|#32 ESSENCE CARSON||17||27.5||74||176||.420||7||38||.184||35||39||89.7||2.8||1.2||0.5||0.5||12.0|
Tanisha Wright – Maccabi Ashdod
12-4 (2nd in Israel-D1)
Jan. 25: 61-47 W (8 pts, 1 reb, 3 ast, 5 stl, 20 min)
Second ranked Maccabi Ashdod played at the court of 7th ranked Elitzur Holon and defeated them 61-47. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its 67 points in the paint compared to Elitzur Holon’s 20. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Tnaisha Wright dropped 8 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 5 steals. Maccabi Ashdod has an impressive six-game winning streak and the defending champion maintains second position with a 12-4 record. The next game will for sure be the game of the week as Maccabi Ashdod will face the league’s leader Maccabi Ramat Hen (15-1).
|#12 Tanisha Wright||5||26.4||46||22||47.8||2||5||40.0||11||14||78.6||5.2||5.2||2.6||0.0||12.2|
Kiah Stokes #41- Samsung Life Blue Minx
14-12 (2nd in WKBL)
Jan. 27: 58-53 W (11 pts, 8 reb, 3 stl, 3 blk 22 min)
Jan. 31: 56-50 W (8 pts, 15 reb, 1 stl, 8 blk 24 min)
Bichumi won two major games for them to move up to second place in their WKBL league, and the Blue Minx have won three in a row and five of their last six. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in the last quarter eventually winning the game on January 27th. Kiah Stokes stepped up big for her team scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and three blocks in 22 minutes of play for Bichumi. In their next match against Winnus, they won by 6 points. Stokes finished with eight points, but was dominant on the glass, hauling in 15 rebounds while blocking an incredible eight shots. She is averaging 10.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.1 bpg. Looking ahead to the next game they will face first place Woori Hansae who they are 1-5 against.
|#41 Kiah Stokes||25||24.2||179||101||56.4||2||2||100.0||37||74||50.0||9.2||0.8||1.1||2.1||10.0|
Avery Warley-Talbert #23- Botas
8-9 (T-7th in KBSL)
Jan. 30: 76-67 W (12 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 33 min)
Another double-double for Avery Warley-Talbert, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds in 33 minutes as Botas clinched a win against Edirne. That victory enabled them to keep pace with several teams looking to finish in the top half of the Turkish League standings. Her squad is currently tied for seventh, but just a game out of sixth in the 14-team league. For the season, Warley-Talbert is still averaging a double-double of 13.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, and she ranks sixth in the league in rebounding.
|#23 Avery Warley-Talbert||17||30.6||172||93||54.1||0||0||.000||40||65||61.5||10.4||1.2||0.8||0.9||13.3|