Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup Presented by Withings: 12/9

The Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup is in full swing, featuring a seven-player rotation and plenty of big-time performances to recap. Before jumping in, the New York Liberty would like to welcome Brittney Griner home! Your WNBA family missed you, BG!

Han Xu, the reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player of China’s WCBA, put together this week’s top performance with a dominant double-double in Sichuan’s 97-61 win over Jiangsu. Han finished with 26 points and 13 boards while efficiently knocking down 64.7% (11-19) of her shots.

Han followed up with another strong performance on Wednesday, leading her club to a 78-58 victory with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a pair of blocks.

Wondering if Sika Koné had another double-double this week? She sure did.

Koné posted a game-altering performance of 22 points and 12 rebounds on 61.5% (8-13) from the field, lifting Gran Canaria to an 82-80 victory against Bembibre in LF Endesa.

2-and-0 weeks didn’t stop with Han, as Marine Fauthoux and Basket Landes secured their first two victories of the season in back-to-back fashion with wins in both LFB and EuroLeague.

Fauthoux was excellent in both outings, highlighted by her 19-point performance where she converted on 66.7% (4-6) from three, dished five assists, and grabbed four boards.

In yesterday’s 76-71 win, Marine posted 13 points and four dimes with another solid three-point shooting night of 40% (2-5) from deep.

Highlights: Driving Layup | Three | Three (2) | Driving Floater

Natasha Howard hit the ground running shortly after returning to Istanbul, helping Fenerbahçe to an 82-72 overtime victory over USK Praha in EuroLeague action.

Tash recorded a near double-double of 16 points and eight rebounds on 38.8% (7-18) shooting across 38 minutes of play.

Highlights: Post Move | Driving Layup

Raquel Carrera totaled 11 points on 50% (5-10) shooting from the floor and a trio of boards in her most recent EuroLeague game on Thursday. Last Saturday, Raquel added four points and six rebounds in Valencia’s 59-58 buzzer-beater win against Cadi La Seu.

Highlights: Midrange | Assist

Jocelyn Willoughby eclipsed double figures for the fourth time in five contests, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in 34 total minutes versus Bendigo.

Highlights: Midrange

Despite not pacing the scoresheet this past week, Marine Johannès contributed to Lyon’s 64-52 win against Tarbes with a well-balanced performance of eight points, seven boards, and three assists on Sunday. MJ then added six points, three rebounds, and an assist on Thursday in EuroCup play.

On Wednesday, Michaela Onyenwere signed a contract with back-to-back reigning Spanish champion, Perfumerías Avenida, and will join the club in the upcoming week. Avenida, based in Salamanca, Spain, competes in both the LF Endesa and EuroLeague where they have a combined record of 11-4.

Date          Player Opponent
Fri, December 9 Jocelyn Willoughby Canberra 11:00 pm ET
Sat, December 10 Han Xu Xinjiang
Sat, December 10 Natasha Howard Beşiktaş 6:00 am ET
Sat, December 10 Sika Koné Ensino
Sat, December 10 Raquel Carrera Gernika
Sun, December 11 Marine Johannès Toulouse 8:30 am ET
Sun, December 11 Marine Fauthoux Tarbes 9:15 am ET
Mon, December 12 Han Xu Shanxi Flame  
Tue, December 13 Han Xu Guandong
Wed, December 14 Jocelyn Willoughby Bendigo
Wed, December 14 Marine Johannès Žabiny Brno 11:00 am ET
Wed, December 14 Marine Fauthoux Sopron 1:30 pm ET
Wed, December 14 Natasha Howard vs. Raquel Carrera 2:00 pm ET
Fri, December 16 Han Xu Zhejiang
Fri, December 16 Jocelyn Willoughby Melbourne

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