The WNBA season is officially over with the Las Vegas Aces topping the New York Liberty to win their second straight title, meaning the offseason is officially underway for all 12 teams in the league.
Now looking ahead to the 2024 season, many players will remain on the court overseas this offseason as they prepare for the upcoming WNBA year. The Minnesota Lynx have a total of nine players who plan to play overseas, with one of those players — Napheesa Collier — already done with her year out of the country. Outside of Collier, Minnesota’s Kayla McBride, Nina Milić, Tiffany Mitchell, Lindsay Allen, Jessica Shepard, Dorka Juhász, Diamond Miller and Bridget Carleton are either playing or plan to play overseas in Turkey, Italy, Hungary and Spain this offseason.
As the offseason continues, here’s our latest Lynx Offseason update looking at how the Lynx players are performing across the globe.
Kayla McBride and Nina Milić
A trio of Lynx — Napheesa Collier, Kayla McBride and Nina Milić — teamed up to join global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason and two remain on the court as Collier finished up her season as we talked about in last week’s Lynx Offseason Update.
Over the past week, Fenerbahçe held one EuroLeague game and one Turkey-KBSL contest, both ending in victory. Fenerbahçe topped Zaragoza 74-71 on Oct. 18 before stomping Bursa 101-65 on Oct. 22.
McBride had a strong week, posting a team-high 26 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals over 37 minutes on Oct. 18, following that up with 16 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes on Oct. 22.
Milić also appeared in both contests on the week, notching 13 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal over 18 minutes on Oct. 18, ending the week with an impressive showing on Oct. 22 with 22 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and two assists over 27 minutes.
Fenerbahçe will have a pair of games once again this week, facing Dorka Juhász and Famila Schio on Oct. 25 in EuroLeague action before taking on Nesibe in a Turkey-KBSL contest on Oct. 28.
Mitchell has been in Galatasaray for a few weeks now after reporting with Turkey-KBSL action already underway, taking part in both games over the week.
In a 71-70 victory over Angers on Oct. 18, Mitchell tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and one assist over 38 minutes, adding a balanced showing with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 35 minutes in an 80-69 win over Nesibe on Oct. 22.
Over the next week, Mitchell and Galatasaray will take on Kibirkstis-MRU on Oct. 26 in EuroCup action before playing Tarsus in Turkey-KSBL play on Oct. 29.
After a strong rookie season, Juhász is overseas playing with Famila Schio in the EuroLeague this offseason and took the court for a pair of games last week.
Juhász began the week with a quiet EuroLeague performance in a 59-55 loss to Miskolc on Oct. 18, finishing with just two points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes. Juhász improved her play a bit on Oct. 21 against Sassari in Italy Serie A1 action, posting six points, four rebounds and one steal over 19 minutes in an 86-78 win.
Famila Schio will have two more games this week, facing Fenerbahçe in EuroLeague play on Oct. 21 while rounding out the week with an Italy Serie A1 game against Roma on Oct. 29.
Coming off her rookie campaign in the WNBA, Diamond Miller is playing with UNI Györ this offseason in Hungary.
Last week, UNI Györ played in one game, a battle against USK Praha on Oct. 18 that ended in an 83-64 win over USK Praha. Miller didn’t appear in the game for UNI Györ, meaning she didn’t play at all last week.
Miller is off to a nice start overseas this offseason, having posted 24 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal in one EuroLeague game and adding 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in one Hungary-A Division contest.
UNI Györ gets back to the court this week for a pair of games, facing Landes on Oct. 25 in EuroLeague play before facing Cegledi on Oct. 28 in a Hungary-A Division game.
Allen was originally set to play in Istanbul, Turkey with Emlak Konut in the Turkey-KBSL this offseason after a strong year with the Lynx, but decided to join Botas SK in in Ankara, Turkey in the Turkey-KBSL instead, arriving to the team this week as she recovers from her thumb injury that ended her WNBA season early.
Although Botas SK is six games into the season, Allen has yet to take the floor with the Turkish club.
Allen has played overseas in Russia, Australia and Poland earlier in her career, taking the court for Russian squad Dynamo Moscow in 2017, Australian squad Melbourne Boomers in 2018 and 2019, Russian team Nika Syktyvkar in 2020 and most recently Polish team Gorzów Wielkopolski in 2022. With Gorzów Wielkopolski, Allen averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 29 Poland-OBLK games and 12.1 points, 6.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 10 EuroCup contests.
Botas SK will have one game over the next week, a Turkey-KBSL contest against Hatay on Oct. 28.
Shepard, coming off a 2023 WNBA season that was filled with injuries or illness while only playing in about half of Minnesota’s regular-season games, has returned to play in Italy’s Serie A1 with Umana Reyer Venezia in Venice, Italy this offseason.
Although Umana Reyer Venezia has played six games so far, Shepard has yet to take the floor for her Italian squad.
This offseason is Shepard’s third straight year in Italy and second straight stint with Umana Reyer Venezia, whom she was a double-double machine for last offseason. In 27 Italy Serie A1 games last year, Shepard averaged 19.4 points, 10 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.6 minutes, while averaging 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 29.8 minutes over 12 EuroCup contests.
Umana Reyer Venezia will take the court in two more games this week, a EuroCup game against Bursa on Oct. 26 and an Italy Serie A1 game against Faenza on Oct. 29.
To Be Determined
Carleton is returning overseas to play this offseason, coming off a WNBA season where she was once again a valued veteran spark off the Lynx bench. According to our Jack Borman, Carleton has not yet signed with a club but is nearing a decision.
The Canadian wing played for Perfumerías Avenida last offseason, joining the team in late November and playing in EuroLeague and Spain-LF Endesa action. In EuroLeague play, Carleton averaged 10.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.8 minutes over 12 games, while averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.6 minutes over 23 Spain-LF Endesa contests.