Tina Charles and Xinjiang are set to tip off the semi final match up today against Shanghai after a nearly two-week break following a 2-0 sweep over Liaoning in the WCBA quarterfinals. Shavonte Zellous continues to show us why she will have an impact with the New York Liberty. This past weekend she posted another stellar performance with 21 points, but her team was edged 62-61 in Turkey. Essence Carson faced more WNBA talent when Canik BLD played Mersin. Rebecca Allen and SEQ have two games left in regular season competition, can they continue their winning streak before the postseason begins?
A majority of Liberty players competing for leagues in Europe will have next week off, as European national teams gather for a training camp before leagues enter the final stretch of their regular season play.
Shavonte Zellous #8 – Adana Aski Mersin
4-15 (13th in KBSL)
Feb. 13: 62-61 L (21 pts, 2 stl, 2 ast, 35 min)
A very close game between Takin Dogu and Adana ASKI took place over the weekend where eleventh ranked Yakin Dogu got a close victory over twelfth ranked Adana ASKI. They were completely outrebounded 35-19 but still were able to keep a close game the entire way. Shavonte Zellous contributed 21 points, 2 steals and 2 assist in 35 minutes of play but it was not enough for them to capture the victory. The team dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost which they share with Orduspor. In the next round they will play against Istanbul Uni who is ranked sixth.
|#8 SHAVONTE ZELLOUS||6||35.0||61||32||52.5||9||39||23.1||22||26||84.6||4.2||2.2||0.8||0.2||18.8|
ESSENCE CARSON #32 – Canik BLD
9-10 (7th in KBSL)
Feb. 7: 72-83 L (22 pts, 4 reb, 32 min)
This past weekend, Essence Carson faced some familiar foes from the WNBA when Canik BLD played Mersin who has Bria Hartley and Angel McCoughtry. Fourth ranked Mersin defeated seventh ranked Canik BLD at home. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Carson was able to chip in 22 points and grab 4 rebounds in 32 minutes of play but it was not enough to gain the victory. On the other end, Angel McCoughtry had 28 points and Bria Hartley chipped in 17. Mersin moved up to second place which they share with Hatay, while Canik BLD keeps seventh position with 10 games lost. Carson is averaging 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, shooting 42.6 percent from the field.
|#32 ESSENCE CARSON||19||28.5||204||87||42.6||11||47||23.4||38||43||88.4||3.2||1.4||0.6||0.5||12.9|
Tanisha Wright – Maccabi Ashdod
15-5 (2nd in Israel-D1)
Feb. 8: 83-62 W (4 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 27 min)
Feb. 11: 81-59 W ( 6pts, 4 reb, 8 ast, 3 stl, 25min)
Third ranked Maccabi Ashdod beat sixth ranked ASA Jerusalem by 21 points, which was the biggest margin this round. As a team they looked well organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Tanisha Wright chipped in with 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes of play. Another exciting game took place between the top four teams in Ashdod, as Maccabi Ashdod ran past fourth-ranked Ramat Hasharon 81-59. Wright had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes of play. She is averaging 10.9 ppt and 5.2 rpg as she is helping her team secure a high seed as the regular season starts to draw to a close. Just one regular season game remains against last place Hap. Petah Tikva on Feb. 29.
|#12 Tanisha Wright||9||28.3||85||37||43.5||2||6||33.3||18||23||78.3||5.2||5.1||2.4||0.0||10.9|
Kiah Stokes #41- Samsung Life Blue Minx
14-16 (2nd in WKBL)
Feb. 12: 55-71 L (14 pts, 9 reb, 2 stl, 27 min)
Feb. 14: 52-73 L
Bichumi lost two games last week to fall to 14-16 overall with five games to play in the WKBL regular season. The Blue Minx continue to find themselves in a very tight race for third place, which currently sits in a virtual three-way tie between Bichumi, S-Birds, and KB Stars. Those were the two teams to top Kiah Stokes and Bichumi last week. Stoke had 14 points and nine boards in a 71-55 loss to S-Birds, and then her team fell to fifth-place KB Stars 73-52. Stokes is averaging just shy of a double-double of 10.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. She returns to action on Friday when her squad faces first place Woori Hansae.
|#41 Kiah Stokes||30||24.9||226||128||56.6||2||2||100.0||47||89||52.8||9.9||0.7||1.1||2.3||10.4|
Avery Warley-Talbert #23- Botas
8-11 (10th in KBSL)
Feb. 13: 60-96 L (8 pts, 7 reb, 19 min)
Sixth ranked Istanbul Uni hosted tenth ranked Botas and picked up a 96-60 win. Avery Warley-Talbert scored 8 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes, but it was not enough for them to snap their current losing streak. Boats dropped to ninth position with 11 games lost. In the next round Botas will face Canik BLD and Essence Carson in an important game for positioning in the KBSL, with Canik currently holding a one-game lead. Warley-Talbert is still averaging a double-double of 13.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
|#23 Avery Warley-Talbert||19||30.2||189||101||53.4||0||1||.000||45||70||64.3||10.2||1.1||0.7||0.9||13.0|
Rebecca Allen #9- SEQ
14-8 (6th in WNBL)
Feb. 14: 81-76 W (11 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 5 stl 36min)
There was no surprise in Crestmead where ninth ranked Canberra Capitals were defeated by fourth ranked SEQ 81-76. Canberra Capitals were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 30-24 charge of SEQ, which allowed them to win the game. Five SEQ and four Canberra Capitals players scored in double figures. Rebecca Allen chipped in 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist and 5 steals in 36 minutes of play to help her team. This victory was the sixth-consecutive win for SEQ and they remain in fourth place. The next round will be a game of the week as SEQ will face third ranked Dandenong Rangers on the road. They now have two games left to wrap up in the regular season.
|#9 Rebecca Allen||20||18.6||58||154||.380||19||57||.333||28||34||.820||3.9||0.6||1.3||0.7||10.9|