As we inch closer to the end of the 2023 calendar year, players around the WNBA have continued to play overseas while preparing for the season ahead in 2024.
The Minnesota Lynx have a total of nine players who plan to play overseas, with one of those players — Napheesa Collier — 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.
In last week’s update, McBride was awarded EuroLeague MVP for the month of October, Mitchell returned home to be honored by her alma mater, Juhász began EuroBasket play and more
As a new week gets underway, let’s take a look back at how the Lynx players have performed over the last week across the globe in our latest Lynx Offseason Update.
Kayla McBride and Nina Milić
The Lynx duo of McBride and Milić both continue to play well for global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason, leading their Turkish squad to an undefeated start to the year.
Over the past week, Fenerbahçe held two Turkey KBSL games, an 80-62 win over Besiktas on Nov. 16 and a 105-81 victory over Antalya on Nov. 19.
Neither McBride nor Milić took the court in the Nov. 16 win, but impressed upon their return on Nov. 19. In that win, McBride posted a team-high 24 points, six assists and four steals over 31 minutes, while Milić tallied 21 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist over 32 minutes.
Fenerbahçe returns to the court this week when it faces Sfantu Gheorghe in EuroLeague action on Nov. 22 and Kayseri on Nov. 25 in Turkey-KBSL play.
After a week off due to EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers taking place, Allen and Botas SK got back to action over the past week with a pair of Turkey-KBSL contests.
Allen had one of her best weeks of the offseason, posting a double-double of 17 points, 10 assists and four rebounds over 37 in an 88-85 loss to Bursa, following that up with a near-double-double performance of 10 points, nine assists, three rebounds and one steal over 38 minutes in a 71-60 loss to Nesibe.
Botas SK and Allen return to the court this week when they face Tarsus in a Turkey-KBSL battle on Nov. 25.
After taking part in EuroBasket play with Hungary, Juhász returned to the court with Famila Schio over the past week with one game taking place Nov. 17, an 82-55 win over Faenza in Italy Serie A1 action.
In that victory, Juhász had her best performance of the season while leading the team with a near double-double of 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one block over 23 minutes.
Famila Schio will have a pair of games over the next week, a EuroLeague matchup against Zeragoza on Nov. 22 and an Italy Serie A1 contest against Brescia on Nov. 26.
Shepard has played well since her return to the court, returning to her double-double form with Umana Reyer Venezia this offseason. Over the past week, Shepard and her Italian squad played once, a 74-51 win over Campobasso on Nov. 19.
In that victory, Shepard tallied eight points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist over 24 minutes of play.
Umana Reyer Venezia will hold a pair of games this upcoming week, a EuroCup game against PEAC-Pecs on Nov. 23 followed by an Italy Serie A1 showdown against San Giovanni on Nov. 26.
Mitchell has gotten off to a strong season with Galatasaray in the Turkey-KBSL so far this season, although she didn’t play over the past week despite two games on the schedule for Galatasaray.
So far this offseason, Mitchell has appeared in seven games with Galatasaray. She has averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals over 33.7 minutes in three Turkey-KBSL contests, adding 15.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steal over 33.5 minutes in four EuroCup appearances.
Mitchell and Galatasaray have two more games scheduled this week, a EuroCup contest against Angers on Nov. 22 and a Turkey-KBSL game against Cankaya on Nov. 26.
Coming off her rookie campaign in the WNBA, Diamond Miller is playing with UNI Györ this offseason in Hungary.
Miller didn’t take the court this past week with no games on the schedule and hasn’t taken the court since Oct. 31 when UNI Györ fell to Polkowice 92-82 in EuroLeague play.
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.
We will see if Miller returns to the court when UNI Györ returns to the court on Nov. 19 in a Hungary-A Division game against PEAC-Pecs.
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.