The Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup is back, starting out the final month of 2022 on an impressive note. Between domestic leagues, international leagues, and the 2023 EuroBasket Qualifiers, your favorite Liberty players are balling out across the globe. Let’s jump in!
Sika Koné continued her double-double tear through the end of November, recording yet another commanding performance of 26 points and a game-high 17 rebounds while shooting a lights out 81.8% (9-11) from the field and 100% (8-8) from the line. Sika’s combined points and rebounds (43) marked the league’s highest total over the past five seasons.
Yesterday, the 20-year-old forward tallied 15 points and eight boards, four of which were on the offensive glass, as well as a trio of assists.
Koné’s continued success earned her the LF Endesa Week MVP Award for Week 8; her second consecutive honor and eleventh of her career in Spain.
Recently named the Libs Abroad Presented by Withings November Player of the Month with monthly averages of 18.0 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.4 rebounds, Marine Johannès has been the embodiment of consistency leading to success.
Marine closed out Lyon’s November slate with a record of 4-1 across LFB and EuroCup play. In her consecutive 23-point outing on November 19, MJ shot an efficient split of 61.5% (8-13) from the field and 50.0% (4-8) from three, leading to an 87-76 victory.
Johannès carried her momentum into December with a game-high 22-point performance yesterday, where she helped Lyon qualify for the LFB Coupe de France Quarterfinals in a tightly contested 76-73 win over Roche.
Additionally, last month, Marine represented Team France in the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers where she finished with a 3-1 record and averaged 15.5 points per game. Adding to her already impressive resume, she eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark as a member of the national team and became the 23rd all-time player to do so.
Earlier today, Sami Whitcomb amassed a near double-double, finishing with a team-high 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists on 42.1% (8-19) shooting from the field in 33 minutes.
Currently the Flames’ second-leading scorer through four contests with an average of 15.5 points per game, Jocelyn Willoughby has quickly established herself as one of Sydney’s top options.
Yesterday, Willoughby recorded 19 points on 42.8% (6-14) shooting along with a pair of assists and steals against the Southside Flyers.
Marine Fauthoux produced her top performance of the season on November 19, totaling 19 points, seven rebounds, and six assists against Roche.
Handling backcourt duties for Team France alongside Marine Johannès, Fauthoux averaged 10 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 boards in the EuroBasket Qualifiers.
Raquel Carrera finished November with a victory in LF Endesa, posting five points and five boards in Valencia’s 66-60 win over Bembibre.
Yesterday, in a 91-34 rout over Barça CBS, Carrera added four points and a pair of assists in 16 minutes.
In the 2023 EuroBasket Qualifiers, Raquel led Spain to a perfect 4-0 finish in Group C with averages of seven points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per contest; highlighted by a well-balanced performance of 10 points, seven boards, five assists, and three steals against Romania.
Han Xu, the reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player of China’s WCBA, tipped off her 2022-23 season with Sichuan Yuanda on November 30.
In the opening match against Inner Mongolia, a rematch of last year’s WCBA Championship, Sichuan came away victorious in convincing fashion, 84-62. Han controlled the glass with seven total boards alongside five assists, two points, two blocks and a steal.
|Sun, December 4||Jocelyn Willoughby||Bendigo||12:30 am ET|
|Sun, December 4||Han Xu||Jiangsu||—|
|Sun, December 4||Marine Johannès||Tarbes||—|
|Sun, December 4||Marine Fauthoux||Angers||9:15 am ET|
|Sun, December 4||Sika Koné||Bembibre||—|
|Sun, December 4||Raquel Carrera||Cadi La Seu||—|
|Tue, December 6||Han Xu||Shanghai||—|
|Wed, December 7||Raquel Carrera||Polkowice||1:00 pm ET|
|Wed, December 7||Han Xu||Shandong||—|
|Thu, December 8||Sami Whitcomb||Southside||—|
|Thu, December 8||Marine Johannès||BLMA||2:00 pm ET|
|Thu, December 8||Marine Fauthoux||Kangoeroes||2:30 pm ET|
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