The international basketball season is in full swing for members of the New York Liberty, who will be competing across the globe during the winter month, with several leagues already getting underway.
A total of eight Liberty players currently have international commitments, five of which have already seen action. Additionally, Tina Charles will be competing for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China and Kiah Stokes will suit up for the Samsung Blue Minx in South Korea, while Rebecca Allen continues to rehab her knee before joining the SEQ Stars.
Sugar Rodgers was a late addition to play for Atenienses de Manati in Puerto Rico, and has stepped in to have a huge impact, averaging 26.0 ppg in two appearances, both wins, for a squad that is now second in the league with a 10-4 record. After missing the first game of the season for her Australian team the Sydney Uni Flames, Carolyn Swords is already building on the momentum of a strong WNBA season, averaging 15.0 ppg in a pair of wins down under.
ESSENCE CARSON #32- Canik BLD
1-0 (2nd in Superleague)
Oct. 17: 76-69 W (16 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 36 min)
Essence is off to a strong start in Turkey playing for the Canik BLD team, which won its first Superleague game last week. For her first appearance, she scored 16 points to be one of the team leaders in scoring in a win over Adana ASKI.
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EPIPHANNY PRINCE #10- Russia
3-0 (2nd in Premier League)
1-0 (1st in Euro League)
Oct. 14: 72-40 W (Euroleague – 4 pts, 3 ast, 3 reb, 27 min)
Oct. 18: 106-56 W (Russia Premier League – 8 pts, 4 ast, 8 stl, 22 min)
Prince did not play in the first two games of the Premier League season as she was wrapping up her time in the states with the New York Liberty team, but made her debut in a lopsided 106-56 win over Energia over the weekend. Prince scored just eight points, but her trademark defensive skill was on full display as she swiped eight steals in 22 minutes. Earlier in the week she played 27 minutes and scored four points with three rebounds and three assists as Dynamo beat Fenerbahce in its Euroleague Group play opener.
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SUGAR RODGERS #30- Atenienses de Manati
10-4 (2nd in BSNF)
Oct. 16: 88-79 W (30 pts, 3 ast, 3 reb, 36 min)
Oct. 18: 81-63 W (22 pts, 3 ast, 8 reb, 35 min)
Rodgers missed the first 12 games of the season before signing with Atenienses in mid-October, but has stepped in to make a significant impact immediately, scoring 30 points in her team debut and averaging 26.0 ppg over her first two appearances. Atensienses has moved up to second in the BSNF with a 10-4 record.
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AVERY WARLEY-TALBERT#23- Botasspor Adana
0-1 (10th in Superleague)
Oct. 18: 75-59 L (13 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl, 24 min)
Avery Warley-Talbert has started play in the Turkey Superleague season, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds in the team’s opener against Hatay.
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CAROLYN SWORDS – Sydney Uni Flames
2-1 (4th in WNBL)
Oct. 14: 85-67 W (13 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 14 min)
Oct. 17: 71-88 W (17 pts, 2 reb, 5 ast, 12 min)
Carolyn Swords has gotten off to a dominant start for the Sydney Uni Flames in the WNBL. After missing the first game of the season, she made her debut in an 86-57 win over Canberra and then needed just 12 minutes to score 17 points with five assists in an 88-71 win over Adelaide on Oct. 17.
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