Libs Abroad: March Recap and Playoff Preview

Approaching the end of the 2020-21 Libs Abroad season, there has been a lot of great basketball played overseas by the Liberty. However, before we set our sights on Brooklyn, there are some exciting playoff runs to be made for most of the Liberty players abroad. Here’s an update featuring some key performances from this past month, as well as a playoff preview for the month of April:

All EuroCup and EuroLeague games will be broadcast live on FIBA’s YouTube page, and the Liberty will provide schedule details across the team’s social channels.

EuroCup

After putting together a dominant run through their first five EuroCup contests, Rebecca Allen and Valencia Basket are one of the last four teams remaining in the international tournament. In Valencia’s most recent EuroCup win over Villenueve on March 18, Bec drained 6 three-pointers to advance Valencia into the Final Four.

On the other side of the bracket, Natasha Howard and Reyer Venezia are also a part of EuroCup’s Final Four. Howard led Venezia to their fifth-straight tournament victory on March 18, totaling 13 points while shooting 5-9 from the field and grabbing 6 boards.

The two Semi-Finals matchups will be played from April 9 in Szekszard, Hungary, followed by the Finals on Sunday, April 11. In a single-elimination format, Allen and Howard could potentially matchup to decide the EuroCup Champion on that Sunday.

In addition, Valencia (Spain) and Venezia (Italy) sit atop the standings in their respective domestic leagues. Later this month, both players will vie for two championships as they look to capture titles both domestically and internationally.

Betnijah Laney’s Ramla was eliminated in the EuroCup Quarter-Finals, but Laney produced a 30-point, 11 rebound, 5 assist double-double in the narrow 73-78 loss. However, Ramla also sits atop their league standings in Israel, and will compete for the D1 League Championship in late April.

EuroLeague

The Liberty are also represented in the EuroLeague’s Final Four by Kiah Stokes with Fenerbaçhe. Stokes has been an imperative part of the Turkish club’s success across international and domestic play, and now they’ll compete for the coveted EuroLeague title later this month.

In the Semi-Finals, Fenerbaçhe will matchup against fellow powerhouse, UMMC, on Friday, April 16 in a contest that will feature an array of current WNBA stars on both sides. The winner of that game will advance to the EuroLeague Finals on Sunday, April 18.

Earlier this month, we saw a EuroLeague Quarter-Finals series between the longest-tenured and newest member of the Liberty in Stokes and Sami Whitcomb (Galatasaray). The two teams ultimately split the series at one win apiece, however, Fenerbaçhe advanced due to the point differential in aggregate scoring.

This head-to-head series may see a separate third game, as Galatasaray (23-3) remains in second place in Turkey’s KBSL, and could face Fenerbaçhe again in their domestic league playoffs in April.

Marine Johannès and Lyon also split their Quarter-Finals series with Sopron, however, did not advance due to the point differential. Lyon, whose currently the third place team in their domestic league, will now pivot and focus on securing a title in France later in April.

March Key Performances

Please click on the links below to view this past month’s Libs Abroad Key Performances:

March 9 Update

March 16 Update

March 26 Update