Most of the New York Liberty players competing abroad last week saw either EuroCup or EuroLeague action, with a handful of players advancing, while one series is still going one.
In the Turkish League, Shavonte Zellous and Kiah Stokes continue to attempt to solidify their spot in the top eight for a postseason berth, picking up a narrow 52-49 win over Mersin MBK over the weekend. As has been the case all season, the Libs stars were key to a victory, with Zellous pouring in 25 points with 4 3-pointers, while Stokes hauled in 18 boards to control the glass.
In EuroLeague play, Epiphanny Prince and Dynamo Kursk punched their ticket to the semifinals thanks to a sweep of Bourges. Piph went off for 19 points and 8 assists in the game-two victory. In another quarterfinal series, Amanda Zahui B and Nadezhda Orenburg will play a decisive 3rd game against Kia Vaughn and USK Praha on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to face Piph’s Dynamo Kursk squad in next month’s semifinals.
Rebecca Allen and Good Angels Kosice had their EuroCup run end following an 82-66 loss to Galatasaray in game two of their quarterfinal series. Tanisha Wright and Abdullah Gul will face fellow Turkish squad Hatay in their EuroCup semifinal series later this month after sweeping BLMA in their quarterfinal series.
LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amanda Zahui B – Nadezhda Orenburg
Although her team was unable to secure a series win, Amanda Zahui B was a force for Nadezhda Orenburg in their first two EuroLeague Women quarterfinals games against USK Praha. In two games, Zahui B averaged 19.5 ppg, and 8.5 rpg, sinking 3 3-pointers, shooting an impressive .607 from the field. In the 2nd game of the series, she put up 21 points and 9 boards. The winner-take-all 3rd game is on Wednesday at home.
Slovakia-Extraliga (11-1, Ranked 1st)
Eurocup (Defeated by Galatasaray in the Quarterfinals)
EEWBL (7-1, Ranked 2nd)
|#5 R. ALLEN (Slovakia)||20||20.9||74||144||.514||29||53||.547||40||46||.870||4.3||1.3||2.3||1.2||13.8|
|#5 R. ALLEN (EuroCup)||12||25.8||24||59||.407||21||47||.447||27||35||.771||5.2||1.4||1.4||1.6||11.5|
|#5 R. ALLEN (EEWBL)||5||17.8||12||24||.500||6||15||.400||7||9||.778||4.2||0.8||1.0||1.0||9.8|
Rebecca Allen and Good Angels were eliminated from the EuroCup quarterfinals after suffering an 82-66 loss to Galatasaray in the second leg of their series. After taking the 1st game by 9 points, the 16 point loss means that Good Angels fell 8 points shy in aggregate from moving on to the semifinals. Allen finished the game with 8 points, nailing a pair of 3-pointers, with 5 rebounds and a couple of assists. Moriah Jefferson scored 25 points with 3 assists to lead Galatasaray. Up next for Allen and Good Angels are the Slovakian League playoffs, which tip off against Slovan on March 15.
Czech Republic-ZBL (22-0, Ranked 1st)
EuroLeague Quarterfinals (Tied with Orenburg 1-1)
|#1 K. VAUGHN (Czech Republic)||13||16.5||60||90||.667||0||3||.000||20||29||.690||5.1||0.7||0.8||0.2||10.8|
|#1 K. VAUGHN (EuroLeague)||16||29.6||81||169||.479||0||4||.000||15||21||.714||6.6||1.4||1.1||0.1||11.1|
Kia Vaughn hauled in 12 rebounds and scored 4 points as USK Praha kept its EuroLeague Women season alive with a 64-55 win over Orenburg on Friday. Facing elimination with a loss, Praha jumped out to an early lead and managed to hang on for the big win. They now will travel to Orenburg for a decisive 3rd game next Wednesday, with the winner advancing to next month’s semifinals against Epiphanny Prince and Dynamo Kursk. After that they will begin the Czech League playoffs against Karlovy on March 16.
Russia-PBL (19-1, Ranked 1st)
EuroLeague (Swept Bourges in Quarterfinals, will face either Orenburg or USK Praha in Semifinals)
|#10 E. PRINCE (Russia)||19||23.6||47||103||.456||10||36||.278||25||34||.735||2.1||3.5||1.7||0.1||7.8|
|#10 E. PRINCE (EuroLeague)||16||28.2||55||107||.514||7||26||.269||16||22||.727||1.9||3.5||1.5||0.1||9.2|
Playing one of her best international games of the year, Epiphanny Prince helped lead Dynamo Kursk to a 104-92 win at Bourges on Friday to punch a ticket to next month’s EuroLeague Women semifinals. Prince finished with 19 points, nailing a pair of 3-pointers, while dishing out 8 assists, with three rebounds. Dynamo Kursk remains the only team that is unbeaten in EuroLeague play this season. She will see a familiar face when the semifinals tip off on April 14, as she will face either Amanda Zahui B and Orenburg or Kia Vaughn and USK Praha. Prior to that, Dynamo Kursk will face Sparta&K MR in the Russian League playoffs on March 18 & 27.
Russia-PBL (16-4, Ranked 3rd)
Euroleague (Tied 1-1 with USK Praha in Quarterfinals)
|#17 A. ZAHUI B (Russia)||19||19.9||87||143||.608||11||27||.407||42||50||.840||5.1||0.8||1.4||0.6||13.1|
|#17 A. ZAHUI B (EuroLeague)||16||28.4||79||156||.506||14||59||.237||39||52||.750||9.3||1.2||1.1||1.1||14.9|
Despite yet another huge game from Amanda Zahui B, Orenburg was unable to knock Kia Vaughn and USK Praha out of the EuroLeague Tournament, setting up a decisive third game next week in Orenburg. Zahui B posted 23 points and 9 rebounds in Friday afternoon’s matchup, but her squad suffered a 64-55 setback. They will have the opportunity to host the final quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday, March 15, with the winner advancing to face Epiphanny Prince and Dynamo Kursk in the league semifinals next month. The Russian League playoffs begin against MBA on March 18.
Turkey-KBSL (14-4, Ranked 3rd)
EuroCup (Will face Hatay in the Semifinals)
|#30 T. WRIGHT (Turkey)||16||33.5||69||156||.442||8||20||.400||50||58||.862||4.8||4.8||0.8||0.0||13.3|
|#30 T. WRIGHT (EuroCup)||12||24.7||56||87||.644||0||4||.000||24||28||.857||2.2||4.6||1.8||0.0||11.3|
Already holding a sizable lead in their EuroCup quarterfinal series with BLMA, Abdullah Gul opted not to lean heavily on some of its stars and still picked up a 73-68 win in the second leg to advance to the league semifinals. Tanisha Wright played just 5 minutes in the win, scoring 4 points with a pair of assists. Abdullah Gul will begin its two-game semifinal series with Hatay on March 21, but first resumes Turkish League play against Osmaniye on March 13, and Mersin MBK on March 15.
Turkey-KBSL (11-9, Ranked 5th)
|#2 S. ZELLOUS (Turkey)||20||36.7||102||255||.400||24||89||.270||64||76||.842||5.9||3.4||0.7||0.1||17.0|
Playing all 40 minutes and posting 25 points while knocking down 4 3-pointers, Shavonte Zellous helped lead Besiktas to a 52-49 win over Mersin MBK over the weekend in the Turkish League. With the victory, Besiktas improved to 11-9 overall, maintaining a tie with Istanbul University for 5th in the league table. Zellous is now averaging 17.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, ranking 10th in the league in scoring. Besiktas will play twice this week, facing Galatasaray on March 15, and Girne Univ. on March 18.
Turkey-KBSL (11-9, Ranked 5th)
|#41 K. STOKES (Turkey)||16||35.0||78||139||.561||1||1||1.000||34||43||.791||15.3||1.1||1.2||1.6||12.1|
Kiah Stokes did not hit a field goal but found plenty of other ways to impact the game in a key 52-49 win for Besiktas over Mersin MBK over the weekend. The Turkish league’s leading rebounding, Stokes hauled in 18 boards in the victory, also dishing out 3 assists with a pair of blocked shots. She is averaging 12.1 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Besiktas is now 11-9, still in a tie for 5th in the league table with Istanbul. She will face Galatasaray (March 15) and Girne (March 18) later this week.