Congratulations to Tina Charles and Xinjiang! This week was an exciting weekend for them as they swept through the WCBA semifinals 3-0 against Guangdong. Tina combined for 107 points in the three semifinal games. The finals will begin in the first week of March, as the team looks to bring home a WCBA Championship. A majority of Liberty players competing for leagues in Europe have this week off, as European national teams gather for a training camp before leagues enter the final stretch of their regular season play.
Rebecca Allen and SEQ played their final two games on the regular season and they were able to go 1-1 before heading into postseason play. In round one of theWNBL semifinals they will face Dandeong Rangers.
TINA CHARLES #31- Xinjiang
15-1 ( 1st in Top 6 WCBA)
9-3 (WCBA Stage 3)
Feb. 16: 117-113 W (OT) (30 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl)
Feb. 18: 90-82 W (46 pts, 20 reb, 2 ast)
Feb. 20: 96-80 W (31 pts, 18 reb, 3ast)
With Tina Charles leading the way, Xinjiang picked up a 3-0 series sweep over Candace Parker and Guangdong in the WCBA semifinals last week. Thanks to the three-straight wins, Charles and her squad can now rest up and prepare for the league championship series, which will begin in the first week of March against either Beijing or Shanghai. It turned out the first game of the series was the most tightly contested, with Xinjiang needing overtime to pick up a four-point win. Charles set the tone with 30 points and 15 boards, but really impressed with her dominating performance in game two. She finished with an incredible 46 points and 20 rebounds, shooting 19-of-36 from the field in addition to knocking down a 3-pointer. Two days later, Xinjiang was able to ice the series with a 16-point win in game three, as Charles added 31 points and 18 boards. For the series, she averaged 35.7 ppt and 17.7 rpg.
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Kiah Stokes #41- Samsung Life Blue Minx
15-16 (4th in WKBL)
Feb. 19: 71-67 W (13 pts, 11 reb, 2ast, 1 stl, 38 min)
With four games remaining in the regular season schedule, Bichumi was able to snap its four game losing streak by picking up a huge victory over first-place Woori Hansae, handing them just their sixth loss of the season. Stokes posted another double-double for her overseas records, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 boards in 38 minutes of play to help her team capture the win. In the next round, they will face last-place Winnus who they are 5-1 against this season, with a solid chance to solidify their position in the top four of the WKBL table. A big matchup with KB Stars looms in the penultimate game of the regular season on Feb. 28, as the Blue Minx and Stars are currently tied for third place.
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Rebecca Allen #9- SEQ
15-9 (4th in WNBL)
Feb. 20: 67-81 L (5 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 31 min)
Feb. 21: 88-64 W (15 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl, 37 min)
This past weekend was SEQ’s final two games of the regular season and they were able to go 1-1 but secure a spot in the WNBL playoffs. SEQ lost against the Boomers in Melbourne, where Rebecca Allen contributed 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assist in 31 minutes of play. In the next round, SEQ dispatched the third ranked Dandeong Rangers, in a game in which they were able to control most of the action, out rebounding Dandeong 45-31. Allen chipped in with 15 points and 8 rebounds along with three other SEQ players who scored in double figures. They will now head into Round 1 of the Semifinals against Dandeong Rangers, which tips off on Feb. 27.
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