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  Slovakia - Sujova comes back to Samorin  - by Eurobasket News - 39 minutes ago

SBK Samorin (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old ex-international guard Timea Sujova (173-84). It is actually her comeback to Samorin as she has played here before. Sujova started the season at MBK Ruzomberok in the Extraliga. She has played there for the last seven years. In 15 Extraliga games she recorded 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.6spg this season. Sujova also played 4 games in CEWL where she averaged 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. The last season Sujova played also at MBK Ruzomberok. In 35 games she had 9.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention. Sujova also played 7 games in CEWL where she got 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg (in top 5).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sujova was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Domestic Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
She also represented Slovakia at the European Championships in France four years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 32.4%, 3PT: 15.4%.
Sujova has spent her entire career in Slovakia playing for four other teams: Poprad, BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice, Nitra and Roznava.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Turkey - Yelena Leuchanka (ex Guangdong) agreed terms with Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D.  - by Eurobasket News - 19 hours ago

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old Belarusian international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-88kg-83, college: W.Virginia). She played recently at Guangdong in Chinese WCBA. In 32 games she recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg this season. Leuchanka also played earlier that season for Shandong in WCBA where in only one game she had also remarkable stats: 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
In 2007 (a year after she left the college) Leuchanka was drafted by Houston Comets (WNBA) in first round (8th overall).
She attended West Virginia University until 2006 and it is her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Leuchanka's team made it to the WCBA Semifinals. She received also Asia-Basket.com Chinese WCBA All-Imports Team award in 2015 and 2016.
Leuchanka has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2003 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2002.
Leuchanka also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 11.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.1%, FT: 64.3%.
Leuchanka is a very experienced player. Thanks to her pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in eight different countries. Leuchanka has played previously professionally also in Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Poland (Wisla Can-Pack), Russia, Slovakia (Good Angels), Spain, WNBA (Connecticut Sun) and Turkey (Istanbul Uni, Galatasaray and Girne Universitesi) and China (Jiangsu Phoenix).
The scouts decsribe her following way: One of the premier players in the game for long time, she's completely skilled, has yet a solid body and a great personality, serving any game as the vocal leader and leading his team at both ends of the court.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Lithuania - Suduva tabs Victoria Mazur, ex Dynamo-Farm  - by Eurobasket News - 19 hours ago

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) inked 25-year old Russian point guard Victoria Mazur (164-92). played recently at Dynamo-Farm in Russian Superleague 1.
She has played also professionally in Russia for Dynamo Kursk.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Australia - Minnesota Lynx Renounce Rights to Rachel Jarry  - by Eurobasket News - 2 days ago

The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has renounced its rights to forward Rachel Jarry (6'1''-SF-91). Originally chosen by the Atlanta Dream in the second round (18th overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft, Jarry was acquired by the Lynx, along with a second-round pick in 2012, in a draft-day trade (April 11, 2011) for the rights to the 14th overall choice (Felicia Chester). Jarry played 27 games with the Lynx during the 2013 season averaging 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. She appeared in five of Minnesota's seven playoff games en route to capturing the 2013 WNBA Championship. She missed the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to injury and sat out the 2016 season to compete with the Australian Women's National Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Courtesy of: wnba.com

  France - Victoria Macaulay (ex Nice) agreed terms with S-Birds  - by Dhruv - 2 days ago

Shinhan Bank S-Birds Anshan (WKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American power forward Victoria Macaulay (193-90, college: Temple, agency: Two Points). She started the season at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in French LFB league. In 16 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg and 8.6rpg this season. Macaulay also played 8 games in Eurocup where she averaged 14.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. The last season she played at Energa Torun in Polish TBLK. In 23 games she had 12.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg.
Among other achievements Macaulay's team made it to the Italian A1 Semifinals in 2015. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention award in 2014 and 2015.
Macaulay has played previously professionally in WNBA (Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky) and Italy (Parma and Napoli).
She attended Temple University until 2013 and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  South Korea - Vaioletama leaves S-Birds  - by Dhruv - 2 days ago

24-year old American forward Alexyz Vaioletama (185-93, college: USC) left Shinhan Bank S-Birds Anshan (WKBL) from In 21 games in South Korea she averaged 5.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg this season.
The last summer Vaioletama played at Leonas in Puerto Rican BSNF where in 10 games she had 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.
Her college team won Pac-12 Tournament in 2014.
Vaioletama has played previously professionally in Finland (ViVe) and (ater Dei High School).
She attended University of Southern California until 2015 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  WNBA - Dallas Wings trade Odyssey Sims to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for picks in WNBA Draft  - by Eurobasket News - 2 days ago

In a transaction with the Los Angeles Sparks, the Dallas Wings acquired the fourth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft, as well as the 23rd overall selection, in exchange for guard Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92, college: Baylor) and the 11th pick. Sims appeared in 34 games for the Wings last season while averaging 14 points per game and 3.9 assists per contest. 'We have felt strongly we needed to change the dynamic with our roster heading into the 2017 season,' Dallas Wings General Manager Greg Bibb stated. 'This deal provides us with the opportunity to add another high pick in what we consider a strong draft class, particularly at the top of the draft board. Odyssey is a talented player whose contributions to the organization are greatly appreciated; however, you must deliver value to receive value in return. After evaluating numerous scenarios, this deal gives us the best opportunity to achieve our goals for the upcoming season, which include a return to the playoffs and the chance to compete for a WNBA Championship.' The Wings now own the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 23rd and 26th picks in this year's WNBA Draft, to go along with a core group that includes Skylar Diggins, Karima Christmas, Glory Johnson and Aerial Powers. The 2017 WNBA Draft will take place on April 13.
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com

  WNBA - WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike Extends Contract with Los Angeles Sparks  - by Eurobasket News - 2 days ago

Penny Toler, Los Angeles Sparks' Executive Vice President and General Manager, today announced a contract extension for 2016 WNBA MVP, Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-2 forward had a record year in 2016, being named the regular season WNBA MVP and scoring the game-winning basket with 3.1 seconds left in Game 5, becoming one of only seven players in WNBA history to win both the regular season MVP award and a championship in the same season. Nneka shot a league high of 66.5 percent from the field, averaging 19.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg and finished the year with a true shooting percentage of 73.7 percent, making her the most efficient shooter in basketball history. 'I am thrilled to announce that Nneka has decided to continue her journey with the Sparks,' said Penny Toler, LA Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager. 'Nneka is the ultimate professional and teammate, she is truly a great role model. She was and is a huge cornerstone in our success and future success.' Nneka was the #1 pick by the LA Sparks in the 2012 WNBA Draft and has improved her scoring average every season since. She was named WNBA Rookie of the Year that season and has been a WNBA All Star three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 'Nneka had a season for the ages in 2016 and we are so happy she has extended her play days in LA,' said LA Sparks Head Coach, Brian Agler . 'Nneka is a great leader, tremendous competitor, and works extremely hard. She is constantly improving her skills, led us to a championship and was also named WNBA MVP! We are looking to continue building our team and it will be with Nneka as the foundation. She has worked hard to become one of the best players in the world.'
Courtesy of: wnba.com


  Canada - Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (ex Bendigo) agreed terms with Flammes  - by Eurobasket News - 4 days ago

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) inked 26-year old Canadian international power forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (188-91, college: Simon Fraser). She started the season at Bendigo Spirit in Australian WNBL. In 22 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Raincock-Ekunwe played at TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL where in 29 games she averaged 14.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the German DBBL title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Imports Team. Raincock-Ekunwe also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 13.3ppg and 9.7rpg.
Among other achievements Raincock-Ekunwe received Basketball BC University Player of the Year award back in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at her college time.
Raincock-Ekunwe has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2013 and previously for University National Team in 2011.
Raincock-Ekunwe also represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.7ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Raincock-Ekunwe has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Pully) and Germany (TH Wohnbau Angels).
She attended Simon Fraser University until 2013 and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Hungary - Atomeromu lands Cherise Daniel, ex Sirius TgM  - by Eurobasket News - 4 days ago

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard (A Division) landed 30-year old American guard Cherise Daniel (180-87, college: Ohio State). She started the season at Sirius Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 18 games she averaged impressive 18.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg this season. She can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game.
The most of last season Daniel spent at Athinaikos in Greek A1 where in 18 games she had 10.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Daniel also spent pre-season at Sallen in Swedish league earlier that year.
Among other achievements her college team won Big Ten Tournament for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Daniel received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team award back in 2014.
She has played also professionally in Germany (ChemCats Chemnitz and Quakenbrueck Dragons) and Portugal (Montijobanda).
Daniel attended Ohio State until 2010 and it is her seventh season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Cherise is a tall combo guard, a very effective offensive weapon that can handle the ball and penetrate very well. She is an excellent shooter out of the arc and very strong and reliable rebounder. She is coming from a big NCAA program Ohio State and got a lot of European Experience from Germany and Portugal.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  WNBA - The Connecticut Sun signed Kelly Faris, Jennifer Hamson and Kayla Pedersen to training camp contracts  - by Eurobasket News - 4 days ago

The Connecticut Sun signed Kelly Faris (5'11''-G-91, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management), Jennifer Hamson (6'7''-C-92, college: BYU, agency: LBM Management) and Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F-89, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) to training camp contracts.
Kelly Faris has played in 112 games for the Sun after being selected 11th overall by Connecticut in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She has averaged 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game. 'Kelly is a tremendous competitor who won't back down to anyone in the league,' said Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller. 'She is a pleasure to coach and I certainly appreciate everything she brings to our team and organization. She provides a consistent spark off the bench while giving her best each and every day.'
Jennifer Hamson spent the 2015 WNBA season with the Los Angeles Sparks, appearing in 25 games while averaging 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7 center was the WCC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year during the 2013-14 season, her last at BYU. 'We are pleased to welcome Jen to the Connecticut family,' Miller said. 'My assistant coach, Steve Smith, and I had the pleasure of working with Jen in Los Angeles during the 2015 season. She provides great rim protection at the defensive end while displaying an underrated offensive game. She is a fantastic teammate and will add to our outstanding locker room culture.'
Kayla Pedersen will be back in training camp for the Sun in 2017 after taking the previous season off to pursue other endeavors. Pedersen spent three seasons with the Sun after being traded from the Tulsa Shock during the 2013 season. In 89 games with the Sun, she averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. 'We are thrilled to have Kayla Pedersen back in Connecticut,' said Miller. 'She is a versatile post player who can help provide veteran leadership to our young post game. She has a great reputation throughout our organization and is truly excited about the opportunity to be back and competing for a spot on the team.'
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com


  Germany - Kvarner signed Irina Kukolj and Laura Purina, part ways with Mijatovic and Hrmic  - by Greg - 5 days ago

In order to strength it?s roster for the reminder of the season, Croatian A2 team ZKK Kvarner from Rijeka strengthen its roster with addition of Latvian guard Laura PURINA and CRO-USA forward Irina Kukolj (180, college: California, PA).

Purina played most recently at KK Ramla at Estonian-Latvian league. Previous season she spent at TTT Riga. 

Kukolj graduated at California University of Pensilvania in 2015, and spent preseason at Bad Homburg Falcons in Germany. This is her first season as professional player. 

At the same time Kvarner parted ways with Daria Mijatovic and Lana Hrmic.

By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Luxembourg - Basket Esch tabs Aya Traore  - by Igor Obradovic - 5 days ago

Basket Esch (Total League) inked experienced 34-year old Senegalese international forward Aya Traore (186-83, college: Purdue, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played most recently at Conquero in Spanish Liga Catalana. In 8 LFB games she averaged 11.5ppg and 5.4rpg last season. Traore helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (2015) summer she played at First Bank in Nigerian league. She contributed to her team winning the regular season and make it to the final.
Among other achievements Traore's team won African Champions Cup in 2012. She received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team award in 2015.
Traore represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 7.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 41.2%.
Traore is a very experienced player. She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Traore has played previously professionally in France, Poland (Pabianice and CCC Polkowice), Slovenia (K.Gora-Jesenice), Ukraine (Elizabeth-Basket), Mozambique (Desportivo Maputo) and WBCBL (Montgomery D.).
She attended Purdue University until 2006 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Iran - Funda Demir (ex Tekirdag) agreed terms with Goroh Bahman  - by Greg - 6 days ago

Superleague newcomer Goroh Bahman inked 32-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Funda Demir (180-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Turkish passport. Demir played most recently at Tekirdag Enerji S.K. in Turkish league.
Demir represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Madagascar eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-5 (12.6ppg), 2.6rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 57.7%.
Demir has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Demir has played previously professionally in Nigeria (First Bank).
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Turkey - Mersin MBK signs Rebekkah Brunson  - by Lior Hai - 8 days ago

Mersin BK Dogus Hastanesi (KBSL) signed experienced 36-year old American ex-international power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-83kg-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management). She played last summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). Brunson managed to play in four leagues in four countries last year (!!!). In 41 WNBA games she had 7.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9apg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The last season Brunson played at Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in Italian Serie A1 where in 27 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 11.6rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.8spg. She contributed to her team winning the Cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
In 2004 Brunson was drafted by Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) in first round (10th overall).
She attended Georgetown University and it is her 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brunson was voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Player of the Year back in 2013. She was a member of USA Senior National Team between 2004 and 2007.
Brunson is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Belgium, Russia (Dynamo Kursk and Nadezhda Orenburg), Spain (Ros Casares) and Czech Republic (USK Praha).
Brunson is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Mersin MBK.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Lithuania - Jacinda Myers-Sanders (ex Anadolu Univ.) is a newcomer at H-Sirenos  - by Eurobasket News - 8 days ago

Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders (188, college: Arkansas Tech). She started the season at Anadolu Universitesi Eskisehir in Turkish TKBL. In 9 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.0spg this season.
Myers-Sanders graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015 and it is her second season as a professional player.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Israel - Jackson is back at GDESSA/Barreiro, ex Maccabi Raanana  - by Joao Santos - 9 days ago

GDESSA/Barreiro (Liga Feminina) agreed terms with 25-year old American forward Kamilah Jackson (180-92, college: Hawaii). It is actually her comeback to Barreiro as she has played here before. Jackson supposed to play at Maccabi Raanana in Israeli D1 league, but was released by the team in Dec.'16. In 5 games she had 10.6ppg and 10.0rpg this season. The last season Jackson played at GDESSA/Barreiro where in 27 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 12.1rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.6apg. She helped them to win the cup. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Jackson has played also professionally in Switzerland (Fribourg).
She attended University of Hawaii until 2014 and it is her third season as a professional player.
By Eurobasket Data Center
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  Australia - Perth Lynx star Sami Whitcomb gets WNBA call-up with Seattle Storm  - by Eurobasket News - 10 days ago

PERTH Lynx star Samantha Whitcomb (5'10''-G/F-88, college: Washington) has taken a massive step towards realising her WNBA dream after signing with the Seattle Storm. The agreement will see the 28-year-old join the US team for training camp, where she'll push to secure a permanent contract. Whitcomb's call-up comes on the back of a remarkable WNBL season with the Lynx, where the MVP favourite has averaged 24.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. 'So excited and grateful for this opportunity!,' Whitcomb wrote on Twitter after the news broke. The California-born guard has long courted a WNBA call-up after being the last player cut during tryouts for the Chicago Sky in 2010. Whitcomb told PerthNow last December she had grown after the experience of her unsuccessful attempt to break into the world's top league. 'I learnt a lot from it. It's been something I've kept in the back of my mind, in terms of understanding what that level is and what they require,' Whitcomb said. 'The other girls were so much smarter and faster and efficient, and those are the things I've tried to work towards each year. 'The player I am now compared to the player that tried out for the WNBA and was cut is totally different. 'I'd love to go back and just have a crack. In terms of career goals, it's always been that last thing that I've been reaching for.' Whitcomb will head to the US at the completion of the WNBL season, with the Lynx sitting in second place on the table ahead of the playoffs later this month.
Courtesy of: perthnow.com.au

  Iran - Vladinka Erak joins Naft Abadan   - by Eurobasket News - 10 days ago

Vladinka Erak (192-C-84) has agreed on terms of one-month deal with Naft Abadan. The centre started the season in France. She played for Limoges. Vladinka Erak averaged 2.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in LF2. Last season the centre played for Radivoj Korac. She notched 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 1ZLS. In MZRKL her stats read 10.2 points, 8.4 boards and 1.2 steals per appearance.

  WNBA - Atlanta Dream signs center Markeisha Gatling and guard Whitney Knight  - by Eurobasket News - 10 days ago

The Atlanta Dream signed center Markeisha Gatling (6'5''-C-92, college: N.Carolina St., agency: LBM Management) and guard Whitney Knight (6'3''-G-93, college: FGCU) to training camp contracts.
Gatling, who was selected 10th overall in the 2014 WNBA Draft, returns to the Dream after signing with the team halfway through the 2016 WNBA season. She averaged 2.6 points in 10.5 minutes of play in 16 games for Atlanta.
Knight, a guard, played for both the Los Angeles Sparks and the San Antonio Stars in 2016. The Florida Gulf Coast graduate appeared in just 10 games averaging 0.6 points. The Dream home opener is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 against the visiting Chicago Sky.
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com

  WNBA - Candace Parker agrees to a multi-year contract extension with Los Angeles Sparks  - by Eurobasket News - 10 days ago

WNBA Finals MVP Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Sparks. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-4 forward who was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft has played her entire career with the Sparks. Parker averages 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The Sparks also signed free agent Chelsea Hopkins (5'8''-PG-90, college: San Diego St.). The 5-foot-8 point guard is currently playing in Israel for Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan and is averaging 15.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 8.9 apg. 'I am really excited about Candace wanting to extend her contract,' said Penny Toler, Sparks executive vice president and general manager. 'It shows her commitment to the organization, the city, and all the fans in LA. She is a huge part of the Sparks success and will be for years to come.' Parker, a two-time WNBA MVP (2008,2013), became the first WNBA player to win both the MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season. 'Candace has proven she is one of the top performers in the WNBA, and that she can also lead a team to a WNBA championship,' said Sparks head coach Brian Agler. 'I know she is hungry to get started again in 2017 and beyond. I have really enjoyed coaching Candace and I'm glad that she will be with the team for another season. She is not only a great player and champion, but a great person and mother.'
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com

  WNBA - Phoenix Mercury sign guard Yvonne Turner and forward Emma Cannon  - by Eurobasket News - 10 days ago

The Phoenix Mercury signed guard Yvonne Turner (5'9''-G-87, college: Nebraska) and forward Emma Cannon (6'2''-PF-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: LBM Management).
From the team:
The 5-foot-10 Turner, who has seen brief stints with the Chicago Sky and San Antonio Stars, currently plays for Uniqa Sopron in Hungary alongside Mercury center Cayla George. In the midst of her best season as a pro, Turner leads the EuroLeague in scoring at 19.7 points per game, which ranks just ahead of Mercury star Diana Taurasi (18.6). Thanks to her well-rounded game, Turner is the only player in the EuroLeague who ranks in the top-10 in both points and assists, and she also ranks in the top-10 in steals. Overall, the Nebraska native and former Nebraska Cornhusker is averaging 5.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Before taking her talents overseas, Turner was a four-year standout at the University of Nebraska from 2006-10 where she was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team three times and was voted as the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year following her senior season. She became just the sixth player in program history to finish a career with at least 1,000 points, 200 assists and 200 steals. Turner finished her time at Nebraska ranked second in career three-pointers made (183) with the second-most threes in a single season (57, 2009), and fifth on the career steals list (229).
A 6-foot-2 power forward, Cannon currently plays for Chevakata in the Russian League where she has stood out among some of the WNBA's biggest stars. Cannon leads the Russian League in scoring at 20.8 points (not all players on Russian teams play in Russian League games), just ahead of Mercury center Brittney Griner of UMMC Ekaterinburg, and ranks second in rebounding at 10.1 boards. In addition to averaging a double-double, Cannon averages 1.8 steals per game and is shooting team-best 52.2-percent from the field. Cannon has posted big games against two of the best international teams, UMMC Ekaterinburg (Griner, Diana Taurasi) and Dynamo Kursk (WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike, Angel McCoughtry); she tallied 27 points and eight rebounds against the former, and is averaging 27.0 points and 4.0 boards in two games against the latter.
Prior to playing professionally overseas, Cannon spent her first three years of college playing at the University of Central Florida before transferring to Florida Southern for her senior season. She averaged 13.0 points and 10.1 rebounds in 89 games played during her three years at UCF, including career-high averages of 15.5 points and 11.6 rebounds as a sophomore. She was a NCAA Division-II All-American Honorable Mention as a senior.
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com


  Australia - Alice Kunek (ex Melbourne) signs at Lyon  - by Eurobasket News - 11 days ago

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) landed 26-year old Australian swingman Alice Kunek (187-91). She started the season at Melbourne Boomers in Australian WNBL. In 21 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.6apg this season. The last summer Kunek was tested by Cyclones (QBL) in Australian league where in only one game she had very impressive stats: 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Among other achievements her team made it to the WNBL Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Kunek received also Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
She was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Kunek played for Australian Senior National Team two years ago and two years ago for U22 National Team.
She represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago. Kunek's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Kunek has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport, Ballarat Rush, Spectres and Sabres.
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  WNBA - Bentley re-signs with Sun  - by Eurobasket News - 11 days ago

The Connecticut Sun announced Tuesday that they have re-signed guard Alex Bentley (5'7''-PG-90, college: Tarbes) to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released. "I'm so thankful to be continuing my career in Connecticut," Bentley said. "The coaching staff has embraced me since day one and has allowed me to grow as a player on the court. I'm excited about our future as a franchise and hope our fans are just as excited to watch us do some exciting things in the near future." The Sun acquired Bentley via trade in 2014 and she has been one of the team's three top scorers in each of the past three seasons. She made a career-best 34 starts last season and led the team in scoring (12.9), was second in assists (85), and played a career-high 979 minutes. She was also selected to play for the Eastern Conference in the 2015 All-Star Game. "We are excited that Alex has signed a multi-year contract as she heads into the prime of her career," said Curt Miller , Connecticut's head coach and general manager. "She gives us a versatile combo guard with an aggressive scoring mentality. She has produced consistent numbers over the last three seasons for the Sun and I appreciate the confidence that she brings onto the court." Bentley is the second player to re-sign in as many weeks with the Sun as starting point guard Jasmine Thomas inked a two-year deal on Feb. 2. Connecticut has two other free agents - starting post Camille Little and reserve guard Kelly Faris (5'11''-G-91, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management). Faris is a restricted free agent, so Sun have the option to match any contract she's offered by another team. Little was designated as a core player, meaning that Connecticut has exclusive negotating rights with her.
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  WNBA - New York Liberty Re-Signs Guard Sugar Rodgers and Forward Rebecca Allen  - by Eurobasket News - 11 days ago

The New York Liberty has re-signed restricted free agent guard Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G-89, college: Georgetown) and reserve forward Rebecca Allen (6'1''-G-92, agency: LBM Management), Team President Isiah Thomas announced Tuesday. Per team policy, the terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Additionally, the Liberty announced that 2016 3rd Round draft pick guard Shacobia Barbee and free agent forward Cierra Burdick have signed training camp contracts. "We are thrilled to have Sugar sign back up with the Liberty," said New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer. "She has proven to be a quality teammate, and a leader in our franchise's community efforts. The amount of extra work Sugar has put in towards improving her game cannot be overstated, and led directly to her breakout season last year. She is an example for all players about what can be achieved when they are dedicated to their craft. "I'm looking forward to finally having Allen with us for a whole season," said Laimbeer. "Last year, she came in and showed flashes of what she is capable of, and has demonstrated the ability to be a consistent contributor in this league."
Rodgers is coming off a season in which she posted career highs in every major statistical category, and finished third in the WNBA's Most Improved Player balloting. She averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game, and broke the Liberty single-season record with 86 3-pointers, which ranked 2nd in the league. Rodgers' scoring average was 14th in the WNBA, and she recorded seven 20-point games, including a career-high 30 in a win at Minnesota, where she tied the franchise single-game record with 7 made threes.
Allen returns for her 3rd season in New York, after enjoying a successful sophomore campaign last year where she emerged as a consistent 3-point threat. After joining the team in late June, Allen averaged 5.7 ppg, and scored in double figures five times over the final 13 games of the season. She shot .567 from 3-point range, knocking down a career-best 4 3-pointers in a win over the Mystics in late July.
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  Australia - Phoenix Mercury signs Australian center Cayla George  - by Eurobasket News - 12 days ago

The Phoenix Mercury signed Australian center Cayla George (6'4''-C-89) (formerly Cayla Francis). George debuted with the Mercury in 2015 but did not play in 2016 in order to train for the Rio Games with the Australian National Team. 'Cayla was an important part of our 20-win team in 2015 and we are excited to have her back in Phoenix,' said Mercury general manager Jim Pitman. 'She's a 6-foot-4 center with three-point range who spreads the floor on offense and can rebound and protect the paint on defense. She's an Olympian, a very positive presence in the locker room, and we look forward to her playing a big role for us this season.' As a WNBA rookie in 2015, George appeared in all 34 games for the Mercury, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in a reserve role. George currently plays overseas in Hungary for Uniqa Sopron, where she ranks third on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.5 rpg) through eight games in EuroLeague play. The 27-year-old began her professional career in 2007 in Australia's WNBL.
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  WNBA - Former Maryland star Kristi Toliver reportedly signs with Mystics  - by Eurobasket News - 12 days ago

Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) is headed to Washington. The free agent guard signed with the Mystics on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. The move caps a busy week for the Mystics, who traded for former league MVP Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) on Thursday. Washington traded away Kia Vaughn (6'4''-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) and Bria Hartley (5'8''-G-92, college: Connecticut) to clear salary cap space to sign Toliver. They also signed Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (5'10''-G-91, college: N.Carolina) on Friday and put out an offer sheet on Seattle's Krystal Thomas (6'5''-C-89, college: Duke). The Storm have until Tuesday to match it. Delle Donne said it was a goal of hers 'to bring a championship to this incredible city' when she signed with Washington. Adding Toliver is expected to help with that. Toliver won a WNBA title last season with the Los Angeles Sparks. She grew up in Virginia and as a freshman led Maryland to a national championship in 2006. The combo guard averaged 13.2 points last season for the Sparks, one point more than her career average. She shoots 41 percent from the 3-point line, giving the Mystics another offensive threat from behind the arc.
Courtesy of: washingtontimes.com


  WNBA - Guard Tayler Hill re-signs with Washington Mystics  - by Eurobasket News - 13 days ago

Tayler Hill (5'10''-SG-90, college: Ohio St.) has re-signed with the Washington Mystics. The guard was selected by the franchise in the first round (fourth overall) in the 2013 WNBA Draft. 'Signing Tayler to a long-term contract was one of our biggest offseason priorities,' said head coach Mike Thibault. 'Her game has taken a huge leap forward over the past two seasons. She has become a primary scorer both in transition and in the half court. She was among the league leaders in free throw attempts last year and we have seen her commitment to becoming a very good defender. Her quickness and length caused problems for a lot of guards last season. Lastly, she has embraced the idea of being a good leader on and off the court and will be important to the Mystics going forward.' Hill, 5-10 guard from Ohio State University, was a candidate for the 2016 Most Improved Player of the Year. She doubled her productivity in all areas last season, setting career highs in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (2.6) and assists per game (2.9). 'I am grateful to be back with the Mystics,' said Hill. 'Coach T, the coaches and organization have always believed in me and I am super excited about this upcoming season. I look forward to playing in front of our great fans with great teammates.' The Washington Mystics will open the season on Sunday, May 14, at 3:00 p.m. against the San Antonio Stars.
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  Germany - D'Asia Chambers is a newcomer at BG 89 Avides  - by Eurobasket News - 14 days ago

BG '89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American swingman D'Asia Chambers (182, college: Slippery Rock). She played most recently at TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs in 2.Bundesliga. Chambers helped her team get promotion to DBBL. In 25 2.Bundesliga games she recorded 9.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg last season. Chambers contributed to her team winning the group title (twice).
She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2015 and it is her second season as a professional player.
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  Romania - Johnson inks at Brasov at the beginning of her pro career  - by Eurobasket News - 14 days ago

Olimpia CSU Brasov (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 23-year old American point guard Dominique Johnson (168-94). Johnson just graduated from Towson (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 6 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg last season.
Johnson was voted to CAA All-Rookie Team in 2013.
Of course it will be her first season as a professional player.
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  Turkey - Ashley Paris (ex Maccabi Ashdod) joins Galatasaray  - by Lior Hai - 15 days ago

Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (KBSL) agreed terms with 30-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international forward Ashley Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma). She is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Paris supposed to play at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli D1 league, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 6 games she had 3.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season she played at Vologda-Chevakata in Russian PBL. But in 10 games she recorded just 1.2ppg and 2.6rpg. Paris also played earlier that season for Shandong in Chinese WCBA where in 9 games she averaged 11.2ppg and 9.7rpg. The other team she played shortly was Argon Uni Girona in Spanish LFB. In four games she got 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
In 2009 Paris was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (22nd overall).
The former University of Oklahoma star is in her eighth season in pro basketball. Paris' team won Spanish LFB Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UPBL Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UPBL Import Player of the Year back in 2010. Paris was a member of FYR Macedonian Senior National Team in 2014.
She is quite experienced player. Paris' career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in five different countries. Paris tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in WNBA (Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream), Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Turkey (Ceyhan Bld, Mersin BSB, Istanbul Uni and Edremit), Ukraine (DVUFK-SDYUSHOR-5 Dnipropetrovsk) and Russia (Energy Ivanovo).
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  Albania - Studenti signs Enxhi Aliaj  - by Eurobasket News - 15 days ago

Studenti Tirana (Superliga) signed 19-year old Enxhi Aliaj (98) from SK Tirana. Aliaj was named to U18 National Team in 2015.
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  Belarus - Siauliai-Universitetas tab Zhanna Horodetskaya, ex Tsmoki-Minsk  - by Eurobasket News - 15 days ago

Siauliai-Universitetas (LMKL) inked experienced 38-year old Belarusian guard Zhanna Horodetskaya (181-79). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Russian passport. Horodetskaya has played for the last four years at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 23 Premier League games she recorded 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in 2014-15 season. Horodetskaya helped them to win the League title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. And finally Horodetskaya contributed to 2 games in Baltic League where she had 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.0apg.
Among other achievements Horodetskaya received Eurobasket.com All-BWBL 2nd Team award back in 2013.
She also represented Belarus at the European Championships in France four years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.8ppg.
Horodetskaya has played also professionally in Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg).
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Siauliai-Universitetas.
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  France - Dunkerque inks Joanna Harden, ex CD Torres N.  - by Eurobasket News - 15 days ago

Dunkerque Malo Basket Club (LF2) signed 26-year old American guard Joanna Harden (170-91, college: Troy). She started the season at Clube Desportivo Torres Novas in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 12 games she had very impressive stats: 21.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Harden's team made it to the Icelandic Lengjan Cup final in 2015. She was also voted All-Sun Belt 1st Team back in 2014 at her college time.
Harden has played previously professionally in Argentina (Tokio) and Italy (Orvieto).
She attended Troy University until 2014 and it is her third season as a professional player.
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  Portugal - Clube Desportivo Torres Novas land Aline De Moura, ex Besiktas  - by Joao Santos - 15 days ago

Clube Desportivo Torres Novas (Liga Feminina) landed 20-year old, power forward Aline De Moura (185-97). She received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
She represented Brazil at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%.
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  Portugal - Waters starts her pro career at Lousada  - by Joao Santos - 15 days ago

Lousada AC (Liga Feminina) added to their roster American swingman Chelsea Waters (185). Waters just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 6 games she had 3.7ppg and 3.2rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Waters' team won WCC Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015).
As mentioned above she is just out of college, so it will be Waters' first season as a professional player.
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  Turkey - Melisa Can is a newcomer at Girne Universitesi  - by Lior Hai - 15 days ago

Girne Universitesi (KBSL) strengthened their roster with addition of Melisa Can. She played last season at Adana ASKI Mersin in the KBSL. In 26 games she recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg. Can also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 8.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
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  Australia - Deanna Weaver (ex Mackay M.) signs at Neuss  - by Juliane Hoehne - 16 days ago

TG Neuss Tigers (2.Bundesliga) landed American guard Deanna Weaver (180, college: Boise State). She played in the summer at Mackay Meteorettes in Australian QBL. In 21 games she averaged 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. Weaver helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season she played at Espoo Team in Finnish SM-sarja where in 10 games she had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg.
Among other achievements Weaver's college team won MWC Tournament in 2015. She received also All-MWC 1st Team award in 2014 and 2015.
Weaver graduated from Boise State in 2015 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
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  Euroleague - UNIQA Sopron inks Tijana Ajdukovic  - by Eurobasket News - 16 days ago

UNIQA Sopron (A Division) agreed terms with 26-year old Serbian international center Tijana Ajdukovic (196-91). She started the season at Botas in Turkish KBSL. In 9 games she had 6.6ppg and 5.6rpg this season. The last season Ajdukovic played at USK Praha in Czech Republic where in 18 games she recorded 8.2ppg and 3.6rpg. She also played 6 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 1.2ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ajdukovic won Czech Republic D1 championship title in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Middle European League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
Ajdukovic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2012.
Ajdukovic also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 54.5%.
Ajdukovic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (Parma), Poland (Energa Torun), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Spartak) and Hungary (PINKK-Pecsi).
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  France - Melissa Pauline Diawakana (ex Hannover) joins Nice  - by Juliane Hoehne - 16 days ago

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) agreed terms with 25-year old French guard Pauline Diawakana (170-92). She transfers from TK Hannover in German DBBL. In 13 games she had 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg this season.
The most of last season Diawakana spent at Nottingham Wildcats in British WBBL where in 11 games she recorded 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg (top 2) and 2.5spg (in top 2). She also played earlier that season for evo New Basket Oberhausen (DBBL) in Germany. In three games she averaged 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Diawakana was voted Eurobasket.com English WBBL All-Defensive Team in 2016.
She has played previously for four other France teams: Villeneuve D'Ascq, COB Calais, Rennes and Avenir.
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  Israel - Bnot Hertzeliya lands Kelly Faris  - by Lior Hai - 16 days ago

Bnot Hertzeliya (D1) landed 26-year old American guard Kelly Faris (180-91, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management). She played in the summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA). But in 31 games she averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.2rpg. The last season Faris played at Flying Foxes in Austrian league where in four Central Europe Women League games she had 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 3.5spg.
In 2013 she was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (11th overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball. She won Austrian-Slovakian ASWBL championship title and the cup. Faris received Eurobasket.com All-Austrian AWBL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016.
She represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Faris' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0spg.
Faris has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide Lightning) and Hungary (UNIQA Sopron).
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  WNBA - Dallas Wings sign guard Tiffany Bias to a one-year contract  - by Eurobasket News - 16 days ago

The Dallas Wings signed guard Tiffany Bias (5'6''-PG-92, college: Oklahoma St.) to a one-year contract. Bias initially joined the Wings in July of 2016. 'Tiffany did a nice job when she joined the team mid-way through last season. She enhances our team speed, gives us depth at the point guard position and improves our perimeter defense,' said Wings general manager Greg Bibb. 'We are excited to see Tiffany in training camp, competing for a 2017 roster spot.' Bias appeared in nine games for the Wings in 2016, averaging 2.9 points per game. Last season, she set career milestones in points and rebounds during the campaign. Selected by the Phoenix Mercury as the 17th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Bias began her professional career in Phoenix, appearing in 32 regular season games and six WNBA playoff contests while winning a WNBA Championship in Phoenix. The Wings will tip-off the 2017 season on May 14 in Phoenix to face the Phoenix Mercury, and will open at home on May 20 against the Minnesota Lynx.
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  Brazil - Erika de Souza leaves Sky, signs with Stars  - by Eurobasket News - 17 days ago

Former Chicago Sky center Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) signed with the San Antonio Stars, the team announced Wednesday. "Hello, Stars fans! I'm happy to be by your side now. #backtothewest #LetsGoStars," de Souza tweeted. The three-time WNBA All-Star and 11-year veteran entered Wednesday's opening day for signings as an unrestricted free agent. Her departure from Chicago comes as the Sky reportedly have reached an agreement that would bring Washington Mystics center Dolson Stefanie (6'5''-C-92, college: Connecticut) in trade for franchise star Elena Delle Donne. Sources say Mystics guard Kahleah Copper and the second overall pick in April's draft would be included in that package along with Dolson. The Sky acquired de Souza from the Atlanta Dream via a three-way trade in July 2015, when former Sky center Fowles Sylvia (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) forced the the team to send her to the Minnesota Lynx by sitting out half the season. Last season, de Souza, who turns 35 in March, averaged 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while playing 16.6 minutes per game.
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  Greece - Samaria Howard (ex Terpsithea) agreed terms with Valladolid  - by Eurobasket News - 17 days ago

LF2 newcomer CD Ponce Valladolid inked 23-year old American point guard Samaria Howard (170-94, college: Tenn Tech). She started the season at Terpsithea in Greek A1 league. In 10 games she recorded very impressive stats: 20.9ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg this season.
Howard received All-OVC 1st Team award in 2016 at her college time.
Howard graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2016 and it is her first season in pro basketball.
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  WNBA - Atlanta Dream sign free agent point guard Brianna Kiesel to a multi-year contract  - by Eurobasket News - 17 days ago

The Atlanta Dream have announced the signing of free agent point guard Brianna Kiesel (5'7''-G-93, college: Pittsburgh) to a multi-year contract. 'Signing Brianna was very important for stabilizing our backcourt during the upcoming season,' Head Coach Michael Cooper said. 'She knows what it takes to play in this league and will be a great addition to our team.' Kiesel, the 13th overall selection in the 2015 draft out of Pitt, last played for the Dallas Wings franchise in 2016. During her 2015 rookie campaign, Kiesel played 18.1 minutes while appearing in all 34 games with 15 games started including 13 of her first 18. She averaged 5.1 points per game and scored a career high 28 points against Phoenix in September and scored in double figures six times. In college, Kiesel left her mark on the Pitt record books. She was the first player in program history to collectively accumulate 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. She was also the first Panther to lead the team in scoring and assists in four consecutive seasons. Kiesel joins a Dream backcourt, which includes recently re-signed Layshia Clarendon, veterans Tiffany Hayes and Matee Ajavon and sharp-shooter Meighan Simmons. The Dream also announced the signing of free agent guard Nirra Fields to a training camp contract. Fields, who played for the Phoenix Mercury in 2016, will compete for a spot on the Atlanta roster. The Dream home opener is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 against the visiting Chicago Sky.
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  WNBA - San Antonio Stars re-sign center Kayla Alexander  - by Eurobasket News - 17 days ago

The San Antonio Stars re-signed center Kayla Alexander (6'4''-C-91, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management). Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Alexander averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes last season. She is currently overseas playing for Tango Bourges Basket, where she is averaging 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in the in the French League and 8.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in Euroleague play. 'Kayla has shown tremendous growth during her first four years with us, and we are thrilled to know she will remain as a part of our core moving forward,' said Stars General Manager Ruth Riley. 'Her work ethic on the court and commitment and compassion for our community make her a perfect fit for our Stars culture.' The Stars selected Alexander in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft (8th overall). In 120 games she averaged 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. The 2017 season home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 19 against the Phoenix Mercury.
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  WNBA - Indiana Fever re-sign unrestricted free agent Erlana Larkins and guard Erica Wheeler  - by Eurobasket News - 17 days ago

The Indiana Fever re-signed unrestricted free agent Erlana Larkins (185-F-86, college: N.Carolina), the franchise's top rebounder from 2016 . Point guard Erica Wheeler (170-PG-91, college: Rutgers) was also re-added. Per team policy, terms of the contracts are not disclosed. Larkins will begin her eighth WNBA season and her sixth in Indiana. The 6-1 power forward has paced the Fever in rebounds per game in three of the past four seasons, and enters the 2017 campaign ranked behind Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman among Fever all-time leaders. 'Signing Erlana was a top priority this offseason,' said Fever president and general manager Kelly Krauskopf. 'She has provided consistency, toughness and leadership as one of our key veterans. I am very happy to announce her return.'
Wheeler, who signed a reserve contract, completed her first season with Indiana and second in the WNBA. As an undrafted free agent, she split her rookie season in 2015 between Atlanta and New York, but landed a full-time role including 25 starts with the Fever in 2016.
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  WNBA - Clarendon re-signs at Atlanta Dream  - by Eurobasket News - 18 days ago

Atlanta Dream confirmed in their roster 26-year old guard Layshia Clarendon (175-91, college: California). She played there last season. In 36 WNBA games she had 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.6apg.
In 2013 Clarendon was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in first round (9th overall).
She attended University of California and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Clarendon played in the final of WNBA in 2015. She was also voted WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention and All-Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in 2013 at her college time.
Clarendon represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Clarendon has played also professionally in Czech Republic (USK Praha).
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  WNBA - Minnesota Lynx sign veteran free agent Plenette Pierson  - by Eurobasket News - 18 days ago

The Minnesota Lynx signed veteran free agent Pierson Plenette (6'1''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 'We are very excited to have added another player with championship experience to our roster,' said Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith. 'Plenette is a very versatile player and will be able to impact our frontcourt off the bench with her dynamic presence on the court and her ability to connect at the three-point line.' Pierson, a two-time WNBA champion, joins the Lynx after spending 13 seasons with three different teams (Phoenix, Detroit/Tulsa/Dallas, New York). In 410 career games, the Houston, Texas, native holds averages of 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Her career includes three trips to the WNBA Finals among her eight postseason appearances. Pierson began her WNBA career in 2003 when she was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft. She is currently playing for KB Stars Seoul in South Korea's WKBL league, leading her team with 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in 35 games.
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  WNBA - Mercury acquire point guard Robinson from San Antonio  - by Eurobasket News - 18 days ago

The Phoenix Mercury acquired three-time All-Star point guard Danielle Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) from the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday in exchange for the fifth overall pick in this year's draft and reserve center Isabelle Harrison (6'3''-C-93, college: Tennessee). The 5-foot-9 Robinson appeared in the WNBA All-Star Game in 2013, '14 and '15. She led the league with 6.7 assists per game in 2013. Robinson has averaged 4.9 assists in her career, seventh-best in league history, fourth among active players. She missed the entire 2016 season due to injury but the Mercury said she is fully recovered. She's playing for Mersin in Turkey this winter. "There are not a lot of players who immediately improve your team offensively and defensively, but Danielle Robinson is one of those players," said Mercury general manager Jim Pitman. "She is an elite point guard and legitimate All-Star in this league who can create for herself and others, and whose game really compliments Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. This is an acquisition that absolutely helps with our goal to win a championship in 2017." Robinson was the fourth overall pick out of Oklahoma in 2011. "I'm grateful for my time in San Antonio and will always consider it a second home," Robinson said. "I'm thrilled for the opportunity to join the Phoenix Mercury. The team has tremendous upside with a talented roster, a championship tradition and legendary fan support from the X-Factor. I really see my skill set fitting in well with their style of play and I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to contribute to bringing another championship to Phoenix." Harrison was Phoenix's first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2015 draft. "Harrison is a young athletic solid post that we can add to our rotation," San Antonio general manager Ruth Riley said. "She's only going into her second year and will continue to develop. Good to have a young post to go with our guards moving forward." San Antonio now has the No. 1 and fifth picks in the draft. "This draft coming up has a lot of potential there," Riley said. "Having the No. 1 and No. 5 gives us two really good players to add to our roster."
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