Libs Abroad: October-November Overseas Recap

Each month, we will highlight Liberty players who are currently competing overseas during the 2020-21 WNBA offseason. This month’s recap will be the only combined monthly feature due to varying reporting dates and schedule breaks for the FIBA EuroBasket Qualifying rounds. Let’s take a look around the world beginning with the first-ever Libs Abroad Player of the Month: Rebecca Allen.

Rebecca Allen – Valencia Basket (12-1) – Valencia, Spain

Despite missing the 2020 ‘Wubble’ season, Rebecca Allen has continued her momentum from the 2019 season with New York while competing for Valencia Basket in Spain.

The Australian sharpshooter is currently averaging 13.3 points per game, while shooting a staggering 48.4% (30-62) from beyond the arc. Her scoring ability and impactful minutes on both ends of the floor has helped lead Valencia to a near perfect 12-1 start to their season. Additionally, Bec’s overseas club is currently ranked #2 in all of Europe by EuroBasket.com.

Allen’s best performance thus far was on November 22 against Zamarat, when she scored 21 points, shot 5-6 from three and grabbed 4 rebounds in a 76-59 win.

 

Marine Johannès – Lyon ASVEL Feminin (3-2) – Lyon, France

Johannès, who also missed the Liberty’s 2020 season, is off to a hot start of her own in her native country of France.

Lyon is currently 3-2, thanks to Marine’s high scoring output of 14.6 points per game, as well as her ability to facilitate opportunities for her teammates with 3.8 assists per game. Johannès has also continued her solid shooting from deep, going 7-17 (41.2%) through five games.

JoJo’s top performance this season came on November 6, where she dropped a season-high 34 points against Bretagne, the most of any Liberty player this season.

 

Jazmine Jones – Tarbes Gerspe Bigorre (1-6) – Tarbes, France

WNBA All-Rookie selection, Jazmine Jones, provided the Liberty backcourt with dynamic scoring and unrelenting defense throughout the 2020 season.

She continued to build off her stellar rookie campaign, tallying another 10+ point streak through her first three consecutive games in Tarbes. In her first four contests, Jones averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Update: Jazmine Jones has left France as of November 24, 2020.

 

Kiah Stokes – Fenerbache (10-0) – Fenerbache, Turkey

Kiah Stokes returned to Turkish powerhouse, Fenerbache, for the third consecutive season.

Stokes has helped Fenerbache remain undefeated in 2020, sitting at a perfect 10-0 in Turkish League play. The Liberty’s longest-tenured player has averaged 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game through her first 6 contests.

Kiah’s top performance was on November 21, when she posted a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds in a 79-51 win over Botas, her first of the season.

 

Megan Walker – Sopron (7-0) – Sopron, Hungary

Coming off her first professional season, Megan Walker is the only current Liberty player competing in Hungary during the 2020-21 offseason.

Walker is one of three Liberty players to help lead their overseas club to a perfect record this season, as Sopron is currently 7-0. She is averaging 14.9 points while shooting 40.6% (13-32) from three and grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game.

Megan’s best performance was against Ujbuda on November 18, where she totaled 21 points and 8 boards in the team’s 86-55 win.

 

Han Xu – Xinjiang Magic Deer (8-2) – Xinjiang, China

Han Xu, who did not travel to the United States for the Liberty’s 2020 season, has been dominant in the early portion of her schedule with Xinjiang in China.

Han helped lead the Magic Deer to an 8-2 start, while averaging a team-high 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Liberty’s youngest player has also averaged 2.2 blocks per game. Han Xu’s biggest night this season came on October 21, where she totaled a season-high 33 points in a 112-56 win over Tianjin.

Xinjiang is scheduled to resume their regular season slate on December 2 against Fujian.

 

Amanda Zahui B – Dynamo Kursk (7-0) – Kursk, Russia

Amanda Zahui B is embarking on her first season with the renowned Russian club, Dynamo Kursk, alongside Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale.

With a 7-0 record, Zahui B has helped Kursk remain in Russian League play. Amanda has averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game through her first 6 contests.

Her top performance came this past weekend, where the Swedish center totaled 22 points over 22 minutes in an 87-66 win over MBA Moscow on November 27.

 

Joyner Holmes – Maccabi Ra’anana (0-0) – Ra’anana, Israel

Paris Kea – Maccabi Haifa (0-0) – Haifa, Israel

Jocelyn Willoughby – Hapoel Petah Tikva (0-0) – Petah Tikva, Israel

Joyner, Paris and Jocelyn will begin their respective seasons in the Israel League today, November 30. Their 18-game schedules will run until late March. Please check their individual player pages for up-to-date information and game results.