The Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup continues with another action-packed week to recap, featuring an electrifying outing from Marine Johannès, a trio of 22-point nights, Michaela Onyenwere’s debut in Spain, and noteworthy performances across the board. Let’s get you caught up on your Liberty favorites around the world!
Marine Johannès put together one of the most notable performances of the Libs Abroad season on Wednesday in Lyon’s 83-77 victory against Zabiny Brno in EuroCup. Marine dropped a season-high 25 points on a lights-out 70% (7-10) from three, complimented by seven assists. For context, her burst of triples would have tied the Liberty franchise record for single-game three-pointers made, done so only seven times in the team’s 26-year history.
MJ had another strong shooting performance this past weekend, finishing with 12 points–all of which came from deep at a 44.% (4-9) clip–plus a trio of assists in an 89-72 win over Toulouse.
Han Xu has now powered Sichuan Yuanda to an undefeated 8-0 start to the WCBA season after securing four wins this past week.
Han’s top performance came on Tuesday, when she posted 22 points and seven boards on 58.8% (10-17) from the field in Sichuan’s convincing 99-43 win against Guandong. Earlier today, the 6-10 center closed out her busy week with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists en route to a dominant 109-56 victory over Zhejiang.
On Monday, Han recorded nine points, five rebounds, and four assists, while last Saturday, she totaled an all-around performance of 16 points, five boards, and five assists while converting on 63.6% (7-11) from the field.
Natasha Howard made an immediate impact in her first KBSL contest since November 12, leading the way with a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds on 60.0% (9-15) shooting in Fenerbahçe’s 92-57 victory.
Despite seeing limited minutes in Wednesday’s EuroLeague bout against Valencia due to foul trouble, Tash connected on one of her two three-point attempts and grabbed a pair of boards in the 72-66 win.
Jocelyn Willoughby excelled this past week with her second-and-third-highest scoring outputs of the WNBL season.
On Wednesday, Jocelyn totaled a team-high 22 points on 58.3% (7-12) from the field and 75% (3-4) from distance, a season-high seven rebounds, and a pair of assists and blocks. Last Friday, Willoughby recorded 19 points and led Sydney to their first victory of the season, defeating Canberra 92-80.
Earlier today, Willoughby added 10 points and five boards against Melbourne: her seventh double-figure finish in eight games.
In a tough matchup against Natasha Howard’s Fenerbahçe, Raquel Carrera broke out for her second-highest scoring performance of the season with 17 points on 50% (5-10) from the field and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
On Saturday, Raquel tallied 10 points on 60% (3-5) from inside the arc and three rebounds in Valencia’s 83-73 LF Endesa victory.
Sika Koné secured her eighth double-double and eleventh double-figure performance in as many games on Saturday, finishing with 17 points and 11 boards on an efficient 70% (7-10) from the field in Gran Canaria’s 68-52 win against Ensino.
Marine Fauthoux had another solid week, including two double-digit scoring performances in her LFB and EuroLeague split with Landes.
Marine recorded 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists in Saturday’s 69-66 victory over Tarbes, followed by a 14-point, five-assist offensive showcase where she converted on 50% (5-10) from the field and 66.7% (2-3) from three.
Following her left knee procedure in September, Michaela Onyenwere made her return to the hardwood and EuroLeague debut with Perfumerías Avenida on Wednesday.
Michaela had a strong first outing, finishing with nine points, three boards, and an assist while converting on 57.1% (4-7) from the field in Avenida’s 94-52 rout of Miskolc.
|Sat, December 17||Sami Whitcomb||Townsville||4:30 am ET|
|Sat, December 17||Natasha Howard||Hatay||5:00 am ET|
|Sat, December 17||Michaela Onyenwere||Barça CBS||—|
|Sat, December 17||Sika Koné||Cadi La Seu||—|
|Sat, December 17||Raquel Carrera||Tenerife||—|
|Sat, December 17||Marine Johannès||Hainaut||2:00 pm ET|
|Sat, December 17||Marine Fauthoux||Bourges||—|
|Wed, December 21||Sami Whitcomb||Canberra||—|
|Wed, December 21||Natasha Howard||Bourges||11:00 am ET|
|Thu, December 22||Marine Fauthoux||Miskolc||12:00 pm ET|
|Thu, December 22||Michaela Onyenwere||Girona||1:00 pm ET|
|Thu, December 22||Sika Koné||Tenerife||—|
|Thu, December 22||Raquel Carrera||Jairis||—|
|Fri, December 23||Jocelyn Willoughby||Canberra||—|
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