The international competition is ending for some of the Liberty’s stars while others are gearing up for a postseason run. The Turkish League will head to a playoff in April, while Tanisha Wright’s Maccabi Ashdod will compete in the Israeli semifinals on March 21. Avery Warley-Talbert stepped up huge for her team in a needed win against Gelistirenler, recording another double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Essence Carson and Canik BLD were not able to capture a win this week but she was able to step up with 19 points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes of play.
Tina Charles wrapped up her season in China, they were not able to clinch the trophy but they had an amazing season!
Shavonte Zellous #8 – Adana Aski Mersin
5-16 (13th in KBSL)
Mar. 13: 59-71 L (20 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast, 40 min)
Second ranked Hatay beat thirteenth ranked Adana ASKI. Shavonte Zellous stood out once again, finishing with 20 points and 7 rebounds. The victory for Hatay was the third consecutive win for them as they maintain second place with a 16-5 record behind Fenerbahce. Adana ASKI on the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. In the next game, Adana ASKI will play at home against fourth ranked Abdullah Gul with hopes of getting back on the winning track. Zellous has been outstanding for Adana ASKI since joining the team, averaging 19.6 ppg while shooting nearly 50 percent from two-point range with 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.
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ESSENCE CARSON #32 – Canik BLD
10-11 (T-6th in KBSL)
Mar. 13 63-75 L (19 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast, 37 min)
Both sixth ranked Istanbul Uni and seventh ranked Canik BLD had identical 10-10 record, so the game figured to be a close one. This time Istanbul Uni used home court advantage to defeat their opponent. Essence Carson chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds but it was not enough to gain the victory over the sixth ranked Istanbul Uni. Both teams will keep their position with Canik BLD now losing 11 games in total. Canik BLD will play against tenth ranked Gelistirenler with hopes of getting back to .500 and keeping pace for a postseason berth.
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Avery Warley-Talbert #23- Botas
9-11 (10th in KBSL)
Mar. 12: 70-63 W (13 pts, 1ast. 17 reb, 34 min)
Anything could have happened for the two teams with an identical record of 8-12. Botas was able to capture a huge win at home against tenth ranked Gelistirenler. Avery Warley-Talbert stepped up big with a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Four Botas players scored in double figures which allowed them to capture the win and move up to eighth place with a record of 9-12, a spot the team shares with Besiktas. In the next round Botas will play against fifth ranked Galatasaray in Istanbul. Warley-Talbert is averaging 13.5 ppg and 10.7 rpg and shooting .530 from the field.
|#23 Avery Warley-Talbert||21||30.8||215||114||53.0||0||1||.000||55||83||66.3||10.7||1.0||0.7||1.0||13.5|
TINA CHARLES #31- Xinjiang
15-1 ( 1st in Top 6 WCBA)
9-3 (WCBA Stage 3)
Mar. 8: 63-85 L
Beijing won the WCBA title. Xinjiang was not able to clinch the WCBA trophy. Beijing led from the first minutes and controlled the entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tina Charles had an amazing overseas season this year where she averaged 23.8 ppg, 12.4rpg and 2.9 apg.
|#31 TINA CHARLES||39||21.5||727||368||50.6||6||33||18.2||176||242||72.7||12.4||2.9||1.4||0.6||23.8|