Liberty International Update 10-18

New York Liberty stars have already begun overseas competition, with for players into league play this fall. By the time the end of November rolls around, a total of 10 players from the 2016 squad will have reported to an international club. Recently announced, both Shavonte Zellous and Kiah Stokes will be heading to the competitive Turkish League, where they will be teammates for Besiktas.

For Zellous, who has competed in Turkey during every one of her professional seasons, she returns to Besiktas for a second time, while Stokes is heading to Turkey for the first time, after playing in South Korea last winter. Additionally, Tina Charles will be going back to China, where she will begin playing in November.

This week’s marquee matchup came when a pair of Liberty players, Epiphanny Prince and Amanda Zahui B, matched up in the Russian Premier League, with Prince’s Dynamo Kursk squad holding on for a 69-65 win.

Later this week the Turkish league will get underway, as Tanisha Wright, Sugar Rodgers, and Zellous figure to see their first action of the season.


REBECCA ALLEN #5 – Good Angels
Slovakia-Extraliga (3-1, Ranked 2nd)
Eurocup Group D (0-0)
Recent Results
Oct. 8 vs. Piestanske C.: L, 70-75 (0 pts, 0-2 FG, 2 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk, 13 min) | BOX SCORE
Oct. 15 vs. MBK Ruzomb: W, 97-64 (16 pts, 5-7 FG, 2 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl, 17 min) | BOX SCORE
GM MIN FGA FGM FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS
#5 R. ALLEN (Slovakia) 4 18.3 15 31 .484 3 8 .375 11 15 .733 4.0 1.3 1.8 2.3 12.5
#5 R. ALLEN (EuroCup)

Good Angels improved to 3-1 in the Slovakian League thanks to a 97-64 win over MBK Ruzomb. Rebecca Allen came off the bench in the win, but had an impressive 17 minutes of action, during which she scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, also coming away with 3 steals to help her team grab a win. So far early in the season Allen is making big contributions for her new squad, averaging 12.5 ppg, with 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per contest.


CAROLYN SWORDS #30 – Basket 90 Gdynia
Poland-TBLK (0-3, Ranked 11th)
Recent Results
Oct. 8 vs. AZS AJP GW: L, 61-71 (8 pts, 13 reb, 5 stl, 32 min) | BOX SCORE
Oct. 16 vs. Artego Bydg.: L, 59-71 (17 pts, 7-13 FG, 18 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk, 31 min) | BOX SCORE
GM MIN FGA FGM FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS
#30 C. SWORDS (Poland) 2 31.5 9 25 .360 0 0 .000 7 10 .700 15.5 2.0 3.0 0.5 12.5
#30 C. SOWRDS (EuroCup)

Carolyn Swords played her second league game for Basket 90 Gdynia and was dominant, but unable to lead her team to a win as they fell to Artego 71-59. Swords posted a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 18 rebounds, six on the offensive end, while shooting 7-of-13 from the field. Through two games she is averaging 12.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.


EPIPHANNY PRINCE #10 – Dynamo Kursk
Russia-PBL (4-0, Ranked 2nd)
Baltic League Group B (0-0, Ranked 2nd)
Recent Results
Oct. 12 vs. Kazanochka: W, 67-61 (16 pts, 8-11 FG, 2 ast, 2 stl, 33 min) | BOX SCORE
Oct. 16 vs. Nadezhda O.: W, 69-65 (8 pts, 2 ast, 34 min) | BOX SCORE
GM MIN FGA FGM FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS
#10 E. PRINCE (Russia) 2 28.5 11 17 .647 1 3 .333 1 2 .500 2.0 3.5 1.5 0.0 13.0
#10 E. PRINCE (Baltic League)

Epiphanny Prince and Dynamo Kursk are off to a fast start in the Russian Premier League, as the dynamic guard has helped her team post a 4-0 record early in league play. This week’s marquee matchup came when Prince and Dynamo edged Amanda Zahui B and Nadezhda Orenberg 69-65, in a battle of two of Russia’s best club teams. Prince scored eight points in that matchup, also doling out two assists in the win.


AMANDA ZAHUI B #17 – Nadezhda O.
Russia-PBL (4-1, Ranked 3rd)
Euroleague Group B (0-0)
Recent Results
Oct. 13 vs. MBA: W, 61-60 (24 pts, 8-12 FG, 1-1 3FG, 6 reb, 2 blk, 26 min) | BOX SCORE
Oct. 15 vs. Dynamo Kursk: L, 65-69 (13 pts, 5-7 FG, 4 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk, 25 min) | BOX SCORE
GM MIN FGA FGM FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS
#17 A. ZAHUI B (Russia) 3 21.7 20 31 .645 1 1 1.000 7 7 1.000 6.0 1.7 0.0 1.0 16.7
#17 A. ZAHUI B (EuroLeague)

Amanda Zahui B is dominating for Nadezhda Orenburg, although her squad was handed its first loss of the season, a 69-65 setback against Epiphanny Prince and Dynamo Kursk over the weekend. Zahui B continued her strong play in that matchup, efficiently scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field with 4 rebounds. Earlier in the week, Orenburg, edged MBA 61-60, thanks in large part to a strong effort from Zahui B, where she scored 24 points in just 26 minutes of action, shooting 8-of-12 from the field with a 3-pointer. She is currently leading Orenburg in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg).