Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup Presented by Withings: 2022-23 Season Preview

Following a successful 2022 FIBA World Cup that saw five players and two coaches earn medals, 10 members of the New York Liberty organization will now prepare for the 2022-23 overseas season across five different countries. Five of the Liberty’s 10 players will also compete outside of their domestic leagues in EuroLeague or EuroCup play; both of which are easily-accessed live on YouTube.

While the majority of players won’t begin their seasons until later in the month, two of the Liberty’s rising international stars in Sika Koné and Raquel Carrera tipped off the Libs Abroad 2022-23 schedule in Spain on Wednesday night.

Fresh off her impressive campaign on the world stage in Sydney, Sika Koné began her fourth season as a member of Spar Gran Canaria in Spain’s LF Endesa.

Koné continued to showcase her scoring prowess and ability to extend offensive possessions in her season debut against a top-ranked club in Avenida. On Wednesday, she finished with 13 points on 50.0% (1-2) from three and eight rebounds, five of which she secured on the offensive glass in 29 minutes.

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The New York Liberty acquired the draft rights to 6-3 forward Raquel Carrera in a trade with the Atlanta Dream on June 8, 2022. Carrera, 20-years-old, is yet to make her WNBA debut but recently began her fourth season in the LF Endesa and third with top-ranked Valencia Basket.

An established staple in Valencia’s frontcourt rotation, Raquel is a rising talent to watch between Spanish and EuroLeague competition. In a closely contested loss to Girona, Carrera added five points and five boards across 30 minutes of play.

Carrera will now gear up for the annual La Supercopa LF Endesa on Saturday, October 8 against Avenida. With a win, Valencia will advance to the Finals on Sunday.

If you were hoping for a pair of Liberty players to compete for the same overseas club, you’re in luck. Liberty veteran guard Bec Allen will return to Valencia for the third consecutive season.

Coming off a Bronze Medal-winning World Cup run as a member of Team Australia, Allen will bring her lauded versatility on both ends of the floor to Valencia after she recovers from her recent rib injury.

After establishing herself as one of the most electrifying players to ever wear Seafoam this past year in Brooklyn, Marine Johannès will return to Lyon for her fourth season with the club during the 2022-23 WNBA off-season.

Johannès and Lyon will embark on a dual France LFB and EuroCup schedule, which should undoubtedly produce more internet-breaking highlights week-to-week. Marine’s season tips off on Thursday, October 27 in a home EuroCup bout against IDK Euskotren of Spain.

If this is your first off-season following the Liberty, yes, we have two Marines from France. Marine Fauthoux will run it back this season with Basket Landes, the reigning champions of France’s LFB. Landes will also prepare for another full EuroLeague slate against some of Europe’s top clubs.

Fauthoux, the 2022 EuroLeague Young Player of the Year, is poised to continue her ascent as a key cog in Landes’ backcourt and one of the Liberty’s top international draftees. Marine will begin her season on Friday, October 21 in the LFB’s “Match of Champions,” a rematch of last year’s Final against Bourges.

Liberty All-Star forward, Natasha Howard, will suit up for perennial powerhouse Fenerbahçe in Turkey alongside several other top WNBA talents.

Howard and Fenerbahçe will set their sights on KBSL and EuroLeague titles, beginning this Sunday, October 9 in their Turkish League opener against Mersin which can be livestreamed here on YouTube at 9:00 am ET.

Michaela Onyenwere is also set to compete in Turkey’s KBSL as a member of Beşiktaş.

Currently rehabbing and progressing well from a left knee procedure she underwent exactly one month ago, Onyenwere will report to Turkey upon clearance and prepare for her second career overseas season.

Sami Whitcomb will spend the WNBA off-season with Perth Lynx for the second year in a row and her fifth total season with the team.

Whitcomb led the Lynx to a Finals appearance last April and will look to secure the WNBL trophy in 2023. The Lynx tip off their season on Wednesday, November 2 against Melbourne, but in the interim we can all look forward to some adorable Nash content from Australia.

Jocelyn Willoughby will compete overseas for the first time since the 2020-21 season, this time in Australia’s WNBL as a member of the Sydney Flames.

Now healthy after missing the 2021 season and majority of this past season due to a pair of injuries, Willoughby is in line for some valuable minutes with Sydney and is sure to be a key contributor on both ends.

Jocelyn tips off her debut WNBL campaign on Saturday, November 12 against Bendigo.

After a breakout season with New York and leading China to their first World Cup Silver Medal finish since 1994, Han Xu will now set her sights on the WCBA season in China with Sichuan Yuanda.

Han, the WCBA’s reigning Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022, will look to build upon her recent successes, return to the league Finals and ultimately earn a title for Sichuan.

The WCBA has not yet announced its schedule, but further updates will be provided as they become available.

Date Player Opponent Livestream
Sat, October 8 Raquel Carrera Avenida
Sun, October 9 Raquel Carrera TBD
Sun, October 9 Natasha Howard Mersin 9:00 am ET
Wed, October 12 Sika Koné Jairis
Wed, October 12 Raquel Carrera Zaragoza

 
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