Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup Presented by Withings: 1/20

The Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup is back with a new addition! On Monday, the New York Liberty acquired 2021 WNBA MVP, Jonquel Jones, from the Connecticut Sun and veteran forward, Kayla Thornton, from the Dallas Wings in a blockbuster three-team deal. Thornton is currently playing overseas with the Southside Flyers in Australia’s WNBL, and wasted no time giving us a great Libs Abroad head-to-head matchup when she took on Jocelyn Willoughby’s Sydney Flames. You can rewatch the condensed game here.

In Spar Gran Canaria’s 75-63 win over Jairis, Sika Koné provided an all-time performance when she recorded 24 points and 23 rebounds on a stellar 81.8% (9-11) from the field over a full 40 minutes of action–earning her the LF Endesa Week 17 MVP; her third honor of the season.

Koné’s double-double showcase marked her 13th of the season and 17th consecutive double figure scoring outing in as many games.

Highlight Reel

Jocelyn Willoughby was lights-out on Wednesday when she totaled 18 points, shot a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point territory, and dished five assists in 24 minutes against Southside.

Three-Point Highlight Reel

Following her trade to the Liberty, Kayla Thornton led the Southside Flyers to a hard-fought 96-91 victory against Sydney after posting 16 points and eight rebounds on a combined 58.3% (7-12) from the field and 66.7% (2-3) from three. Welcome to New York, Kayla!

Highlights: Three-Pointer (1) | Three-Pointer (2)

In her top performance of the week, Marine Fauthoux nearly eclipsed a triple-double when she tallied 12 points, eight assists, and seven boards–four of which were on the offensive glass–across 31 minutes against Bretagne in LFB.

Marine Johannès drew a tough matchup over the weekend when she took on fellow top-seeded French club, BLMA, who accounts for three of Lyon’s four losses in LFB and EuroCup (12-4 combined record). In 24 minutes, MJ totaled 11 points, including three triples, along with a pair of assists and steals.

Highlights: Behind the Back Pass

In a pair of LF Endesa and EuroLeague contests, Michaela Onyenwere added six points on 50% (3-6) shooting from the field, followed by a five-point, three-rebound effort on Wednesday.

In a similar two-game split, Raquel Carrera helped Valencia sweep their weekly slate. In her top outing of the week, Carrera controlled the boards with a total of seven rebounds alongside three points, three steals, and two assists.

Date          Player Opponent
Sat, January 21 Raquel Carrera Ensino
Sat, January 21 Michaela Onyenwere vs. Sika Koné
Sat, January 21 Sami Whitcomb vs. Jocelyn Willoughby 1:30 am ET
Sat, January 21 Kayla Thornton Canberra 3:30 am ET
Sun, January 22 Marine Johannès vs. Marine Fauthoux 9:15 am ET
Wed, January 25 Marine Fauthoux Schio 1:30 pm ET
Wed, January 25 Raquel Carrera Bourges 2:00 pm ET
Wed, January 25 Sami Whitcomb Bendigo
Thu, January 26 Michaela Onyenwere Kangoeroes 2:30 pm ET

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