We are back in action this week with everyone on board! Shavonte Zellous continues to show us her ability to have an impact in a game, when she helped thirteenth ranked Adana beat sixth ranked Istanbul in a big upset in the Turkish League. She dropped 24 points to help lead her team and is averaging 19.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. New York Liberty teammates Avery Warley-Talbert and Essence faced off in Turkey, with Carson’s squad picking up the victory. Kiah posted back to back double-doubles in South Korea with only two games left in the regular season they have a chance to move up in the WKBL standings heading into the playoffs.
Rebecca Allen and SEQ started their postseason with a win in the semi-final game against Dandenong, and they will head to the preliminary final. Tina Charles and Xinajiang resume action later in the week for the WCBA championship round against Sylvia Fowles and Beijing, which we will keep you posted for!
Shavonte Zellous #8 – Adana Aski Mersin
5-15 (13th in KBSL)
Feb. 28: 81-71 W (24 pts, 1 reb, 3 ast, 34 min)
Liberty guard Shavonte Zellous and her Adana Aski quad were able to score a nice upset with a victory over sixth ranked Istanbul Uni on the road. Adana Aski player players were unselfish on the offensive end dishing 21 assists. Zellous orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 steals. Adana Aski moved up to twelfth place, which they share with Edirne. Istanbul on the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games loss which they share with Canik BLD. In the next round Adana Aski will play against the league’s second-place Hatay on the road. Zellous is currently averaging 19.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3apg!
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ESSENCE CARSON #32 – Canik BLD
10-10 (T-6th in KBSL)
Feb 28: 81-73 W (23 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 39 min)
Seventh ranked Canik BLD and Essence Carson faced ninth ranked Botas where she faced Liberty teammate Avery Warley-Talbert. Canik BLD made 17-20 (85%) free throws during the game, they also forced Botas to turn the ball over 20 times. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists! Carson added 23 points and 5 assists and didn’t miss a free throw, shooting 7-7 at the line. Warley Talbert also scored 23 points with 13 rebounds. Canik BLD moved up to sixth place, which they share with Istanbul Univ.
|#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|
Kiah Stokes #41- Samsung Life Blue Minx
19-14 (2nd in WKBL)
Feb. 24: 78-65 W (19pts, 13 reb, 3ast, 1 stl, 32 min)
Feb. 27: 76-72 W (10 pts, 13 reb, 1ast, 1 stl, 29 min)
Fourth ranked Bichumi played at the court of sixth ranked Winnus, and picked up a convincing 78-65, victory. Bichumi brought some defensive toughness making nine blocks in the game. Kiah Stokes helped secure the win, recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds with an impressive 6 blocks. In the game of the week, Bichumi faced third ranked Hanabank where they were able to pull out the four-point victory. They outrebounded them 34-29, and Stokes posted another double-double scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. They now only have two games left in the regular season schedule before the post season tournament begins. Kiah is averaging 10.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg, and can still help her team jump into the No. 3 spot for the playoffs.
|#41 Kiah Stokes||33||25.6||253||146||57.7||2||2||100.0||53||99||53.5||10.1||0.8||1.1||2.6||10.8|
Avery Warley-Talbert #23- Botas
8-12 (9th in KBSL)
Feb. 28: 73-81 L (23 pts, 11 reb, 1 stl, 33 min)
Ninth ranked Botas was defeated by seventh ranked Canik BLD on Sunday afternoon. Liberty teammates Essence Carson and Avery Warley-Talbert both dropped 23 points. Warley-Talbert dominated for her team to record another double-double, adding 13 rebounds to her 20-point game. Botas was able to outrebound Canik but they could not convert on the offensive end. Botas lost their third consecutive game so they will keep ninth place with 12 games lost. They share that ranking with Gelistirenler who they will face in the next round which will be a tough game for the rivals. Warley-Talbert is currently averaging 13.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg and shooting 53.4 percent from the field.
|#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
15-9 (4th in WNBL)
Feb. 27: 86-82 W (19pts, 8reb, 1ast,36min)
Rebecca Allen and SEQ was able to win its WNBL semifinal matchup against the higher seeded Dendenong and advance to the preliminary final. The Dandenong Rangers were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 31-20 charge from SEQ. SEQ outrebounded Dandenong 41-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Four SEQ players scored in double figures, including Allen who scored 19 points with 8 rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes of play. In the next round SEQ will face Townsville, who lost to top-ranked Perth in their first playoff matchup. Allen has played 20 games and is averaging 10.9 ppg while making 19 3-pointers.
|#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|