Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup: 10/23

The “Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup,” a weekly content feature, recaps the entire week of Liberty players competing internationally throughout the 2021-22 overseas season. See below for Week Two’s roundup:

Welcome Aboard, Jaz!

Jaz Jones wasted no time to have a big start in Turkey. The second-year guard put together a massive all-around performance of 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists in her overseas debut. Jaz’s performance proved to be the difference as she an Antalya 07 secured the win on opening night, 76-75, over Bursa.

Jones will look to continue her hot start to overseas play when she faces Kayseri tomorrow and Botas on October 30.

Tash’s Early MVP Campaign

Through the first two weeks of the season, Natasha Howard is currently leading EuroLeague Women’s Most Valuable Player ladder as the international league’s projected MVP. (read more here).

Howard and Dynamo Kursk started the week with another impressive showing, downing Enisey by a score of 87-61 on October 17. Tash finished with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds along with three blocks.

Later in the week, the Russian club’s undefeated start was ended as they fell to Marine Fauthoux and Basket Landes, 75-78. Despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter, Howard posted 14 points and six rebounds.

Kursk (4-0 PBL, 2-1 EuroLeague), will look to get back in the win column this week with another two-game Russian League and EuroLeague slate on October 24 and 27.

Bec and Valencia Cruising in Beginning of Season, Win 2021 SuperCup

In similar fashion to last season, Bec Allen and Valencia have jumped out to a dominant 6-0 (7-0 overall) start across their domestic and international leagues. Yesterday, the Orange won the 2021 SuperCup Women title over UMMC Ekaterinburg, the annual faceoff between the reigning EuroLeague and EuroCup Champions.

Allen’s week was highlighted by a team-high 18-point performance in yesterday’s 75-68 win against a WNBA star-laden UMMC.

Bec recorded 14-points and shot 57.1% (4-7) from three in a 77-60 win over Gernika, and added seven points in Valencia’s 50-point (95-45) EuroCup rout over Namur.

Valencia will face Ensino in their third EuroCup contest on Thursday, October 28.

Marine F. and Landes Continue Impressive EuroLeague Run

Marine Fauthoux and Basket Landes had another impressive week across both French League and EuroLeague play, winning both of their games.

In France, Marine recorded nine points and shot a perfect 4-4 at the line in Landes’ 75-66 victory over BLMA on October 16.

Fauthoux has now totaled consecutive games of 14 points in EuroLeague play, as her consistent shooting of 55.6% (5-9) from the field and 50.0% (2-4) from distance helped propel Landes over EuroBasket’s No. 1 ranked Dynamo Kursk.

The 5’8” guard will take on Marine Johannès and Lyon later today, followed by Galatasaray on October 27.

JoJo, Lyon Bounce Back in Week Two

Marine Johannès and LDLC ASVEL Féminin had a successful week as they were able secure their first two wins of the season in French League and EuroLeague action.

Marine recorded two well-balanced performances in the pair of wins. In Lyon’s one-point victory over Villeneuve, Johannès knocked down two-of-four triples and dished four assists. Later in the week, the 26-year-old combo guard tallied 11 points, five assists and five rebounds against MBK Ruzomb in the 81-50 EuroCup win.

LDLC ASVEL Féminin will prepare for another domestic and international split when they play Landes later today and Liege on October 27.

Another W for Gray

Reshanda Gray and Magnolia Campobasso continued their strong start to the season, defeating Bologna, 70-61.

Gray totaled 11 points on 50.0% (3-6) shooting from the field, six rebounds and two assists in the Serie A1 win. Reshanda and Campobasso will look to extend their start to 4-0 when they match up against Sassari tomorrow.