Another week in the books for our New York Liberty players in international competition, who was able to dominate this week?
Essence Carson continues to be a force as her team in Turkey, which is now on a four-game winning streak and is steadily climbing up the KBSL standings. Rebecca Allen helped her team beat second ranked Townsville Fire with 21 points and 5 rebounds, she is now averaging 9.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg, since returning from injury as she really is displaying the complete game that made her a key 2015 acquisition for New York. Carolyn Swords, Tina Charles and Avery Warley-Talbert add more double-doubles to their international competition boards. The six of our New York Liberty players are continuing to make a difference on the court with their teams and gaining more experience in each game!
ESSENCE CARSON #32 – Canik BLD
8-6 (6th in KBSL)
Jan. 10: 69-61 W (16 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl, 34 min)
Essence Carson had a break out game on January 10th when Canik faced Adana ASKI with Erlana Larkins trying to gain a victory for her team. Four Canik players scored in double digits to help beat Adana by eight points. Carson had 16 points and 6 rebounds while shooting 6-of-15 from the field in a tough match up. Right now Canik is on a four-game winning streak with hopes to continue in Round 15 when they face Hatay who they lost to in the beginning of the season. Carson is now averaging 10.9 ppg, which ranks fourth on the team.
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CAROLYN SWORDS – Sydney Uni Flames
12-6 (1st in WNBL)
Jan. 7: 83-73 W (6 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 22 min)
Jan. 9: 61-64 L (12 pts, 12 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 28min)
One of the top games for the best four teams in the WNBL took place when Sydney defeated the 3rd place Perth Lynx, 83-73, in what was a key game for first place position in the league. Sydney made 21-21 (100%) free throws during the game and managed to block eight shots, limiting the Lynx to under 50.0 percent shooting from inside the arc. Carolyn Swords contributed 6 points, 2 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. The four game winning streak came to an end when the Sydney Uni Flames were edged by fourth ranked Dandenong Rangers losing by three points, 61-64. Swords stepped up in a big way for her team, chipping in a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds but it was not enough to gain the victory. The Flames keep the top position in the league with a 12-5 record, and a matchup with second-place Townsville (11-5) looms at the end of the month.
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TINA CHARLES #31- Xinjiang
15-1 ( 1st in Top 6 WCBA)
4-3 (WCBA Stage 3)
Jan. 5: 81-80 W(35 pts, 14 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk, 40 min)
Jan. 7: 60-73 L (9 pts, 13 reb, 2 stl, 37 min)
In the beginning of the January 5th game when Xinjiang faced Guangdong they were trailing for most of the game until a 19-17 charge in the fourth quarter which led them to a win. Tina Charles led the team with 35 points and 14 rebounds, to add to her list of double-doubles for international competition. Four Xinjiang players scored in double figures for a complete team effort on the offensive end. In Round 7, Beijing Great Wall dominated in the paint scoring 64 points compared to Xinjiang’s 44. Tina Charles went for double figures on the rebounding end with 13 boards and pulling in 9 points.
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Rebecca Allen #9- SEQ
9-8 (6th in WNBL)
Jan. 9: 90-80 W (21 pts, 5 reb, 2stl, 1 blk, 35min)
Sixth ranked SEQ faced second ranked Townsville Fire in a huge game where SEQ came away with a 10-point victory while ending Townsville three-game winning streak. The game was tied after three quarters until SEQ pulled away in the final period. As a team they made 24-of-26 (92.3%) from the free throw line. Rebecca Allen led SEQ in scoring, finishing with 21 points, while shooting 8-of-13 from the field and hitting 3-of-5 of her 3-point attempts. Five SEQ players scored in double digits. Allen is now averaging 9.9ppg and 5.6 rpg. The defending champions Townsville Fire now drop to the third position with six losses while SEQ maintains sixth place, with a one-game lead over Melbourne. In Round 14 they will face ninth place Canberra Capitals at home, but that contest will not take place until Jan. 23.
|#9 Rebecca Allen||6||19.8||30||10||33.3||6||21||28.6||3||4||75.0||5.2||1.2||1.0||0.8||6.8|
Kiah Stokes #41- Samsung Life Blue Minx
10-11 (5th in WKBL)
Jan. 4: 52-51 W (5 pts, 11 reb, 1 blk, 20 min)
Jan. 7: 75-80 L (13 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl, 14 min)
Jan. 10: 77-49 W (12 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast, 36 min)
This week Samsung Life Blue Minx saw both ends of the spectrum with winning 2 games and losing 1 by five points. The most exciting game of Round 18 took place in Yongin between second ranked Hanabank and fifth ranked Bichumi for who will take second place. Bichumi dominated on the defensive end, holding Hanabank to just 7 points in the second quarter and forcing 19 turnovers. Kiah Stokes contributed 5 points and held down the paint with 11 rebounds and 1 block in 20 minutes of play. Bichumi pulled a victory by 1 against Hanabank. In Round 19, Bichumi was not able to gain the victory against Winnnus, they lost by five points where only three Bichumi players scored in double-figures. Stokes dropped 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds but it was not enough to add another win to their record. They ended their week with a 10-11 record by cruising to a win in Round 20 against S. Birds 77-49. In Round 21 next week they will face Woori Hansae who they are 0-4 against this season.
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Avery Warley-Talbert #23- Botas
6-8 (T-8th in KBSL)
Jan. 9: 58-66 L (10pts, 14reb, 2ast, 1 stl, 37min)
The Botas three-game winning streak came to an end when its faced Hatay on January 9th, as Avery Warley-Talbert and her squad suffered a 66-58 setback. Warley-Talbert added another double-double to her international play resume, scoring 10 points while grabbing 14 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. In the next round they will face Abdullah Gul, which figures to be a close game as the previous matchup went into overtime with Botas prevailing by 2 points. Warley-Talbert is averaging 14.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg this season for Botas, which now sits in a three-way tie for eighth place in the KBSL table at 6-8 overall.
|#23 Avery Warley-Talbert||14||30.0||144||81||56.3||0||0||.000||34||53||64.2||10.1||1.2||0.6||0.8||14.0|