NEW YORK, N.Y. – OCT. 11, 2016 – Several New York Liberty stars will be back on the hardwood this winter, competing across Europe during the WNBA offseason, preparing for the 2017 WNBA campaign.
While several players are still determining where they will be playing, many Liberty players will be playing in the top leagues in Europe in addition to intense international competition that will see them face off with some of the best talent in the world, as well as fellow WNBA stars.
Currently, seven members of the Liberty have signed on to play in Europe, several heading to locations they have never experienced before.
Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia) – Extraliga
Rebecca Allen is heading to Europe for the first time where she will be playing for Good Angels, a team that Sugar Rodgers has suited up for in the past. Allen’s first international experience was playing for the Liberty, leaving her home country of Australia to compete full time in 2015, but this year will be adding another country to her resume. Allen and the Good Angels will also compete in the Eurocup.
CCC Polkowice – Poland-TBLK
Brittany Boyd was unable to travel internationally last winter as she spent time overcoming the wrist injury she suffered late in her rookie season. This year, she has signed on to play with Polish club team CCC Polkowice, a competitive squad that will also play in the Euroleague, where she will meet Amanda Zahui B during group play.
Dynamo Kursk (Russia) – Russia-PBL
Prince returns to Dynamo Kursk where she has played each winter since 2012. One of the most competitive teams in Europe and the Russian Premier League, Prince will compete against some of the WNBA’s best, including Liberty teammate Amanda Zahui B. Dynamo Kursk will also once against play in the prestigious Euroleague international tournament.
Osmaniye Genclik – Turkey-KBSL
Sugar Rodgers will play in Turkey for the 1st time, after last season when she played in Puerto Rico during the fall months. Previously, Rodgers has competed in Slovakia and Poland, but will see her offseason start in the highly competitive Turkish League.
Basket 90 Gdynia (Poland) – Poland TBLK
Carolyn Swords spent the last offseason down in Australia, having also competed in Italy and Turkey, and will be heading to Poland for the first time. While traveling the world is nothing new for Swords, with Gdynia she is likely to have the chance to compete in the Eurocup Tournament and experience international European competition for the first time, traveling to other countries with her club team.
Abdullah Gul University-Kayseri – Turkey-KBSL
Tanisha Wright returns to Abdullah Gul, where she has traveled in year’s past, to play in one of the most competitive European Leagues the KBSL. She will also see Eurocup action, after playing part of last season with Macabbi Ashdod in Israel.
Amanda Zahui B
Nadezhda Orenburg – Russia-PBL
In her second season playing in Europe, Amanda Zahui B has signed to play with Russian club team Nadezhda Orenburg, after spending last winter playing alongside Shavonte Zellous in Turkey. A native of Sweden, Zahui B said it has always been a dream to compete in the Euroleague Tournament that sees the best club teams in the region square off, and opportunity she will receive with Nadezhda.