The WNBA offseason continues to roll along as we near the end of the 2023 calendar year and inch closer to the start of offseason events such as free agency, the WNBA Draft and more. While we wait for those key dates to arrive, players continue to hit the court around the world while working on their development ahead of the 2024 campaign.
The Minnesota Lynx have a total of nine players who are playing overseas, not counting Napheesa Collier who played in Turkey earlier this offseason but has since concluded her time overseas. Minnesota’s Kayla McBride, Nina Milić, Tiffany Mitchell, Lindsay Allen, Jessica Shepard, Dorka Juhász, Diamond Miller, Maia Hirsch and Bridget Carleton are playing overseas in Turkey, Italy, Hungary, France and Rwanda this offseason.
In last week’s update, Shepard earned EuroCup MVP for November, Carleton and McBride each put together strong weeks in Hungary and Turkey, and more.
As a new week gets underway, here’s a look back at how the Lynx players have performed over the last week across the globe in our latest Lynx Offseason Update.
Allen has played well all offseason with Botas SK and she continued to do so again over the past week with one game on the schedule.
Allen and Botas SK fell to Antalya 83-78 on Dec. 10 with the Lynx guard nearing a triple-double with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds over 40 minutes.
Botas SK and Allen return to the court this week for one game, a battle against Bellona Kayseri in a Turkey-KBSL matchup on Dec. 17.
After earning EuroCup MVP for the month of November last week, Shepard returned to the court with Umana Reyer Venezia once this week for a game on Dec. 17.
Shepard continued her dominance overseas during a 73-62 victory in Italy-Serie A1 action, leading all players in the game in scoring and rebounds while tallying 27 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in just 26 minutes.
Umana Reyer Venezia has one game on the schedule this week as they begin the EuroCup playoffs against Fribourg on Dec. 14.
After spending the first portion of the offseason with Galatasaray in Turkey, Mitchell has joined Rwanda Energy Group (REG) on a short-term deal to play in the 2023 FIBA Africa Women’s Basketball League in Egypt from Dec. 11-19. Mitchell is joined by fellow WNBA player Nia Clouden of the Los Angeles Sparks on the REG roster.
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With Galatasaray, Mitchell appeared in a total of seven games. 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 REG will be part of Group B in the FIBA African Women’s Basketball League and will begin play on Dec. 11.
Carleton has played well for UNI Györ since joining the Hungarian squad a few weeks ago to begin her play overseas this offseason.
Over the past week, UNI Györ played in a pair of games, falling to Maïa Hirsch and Villeneuve 89-61 on Dec. 6 in EuroLeague play and bouncing back to top Atomeromu 72-1 in Hungary-A Division action on Dec. 9.
In the loss to Villeneuve on Dec. 6, Carleton posted a team-best 14 points along with three rebounds in 31 minutes, following that up with nine points, four assists, three rebounds and one block over 28 minutes in the win over Atomeromu on Dec. 9.
Carleton and UNI Györ have two more gams this week, taking on Virtus Bologna in a EuroLeague matchup on Dec. 13 and battling Sopron on Dec. 17 in Hungary-A Division action.
Kayla McBride and Nina Milić
The Lynx duo of McBride and Milić both continue to play well for global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason as they remain undefeated this year in both Turkey-KBSL and EuroLeague action.
This past week, Fenerbahçe topped Valencia 88-64 in the lone game of the week. McBride appeared in the game, while Milić did not in the blowout win. McBride played in a total of 32 minutes, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists with a pair of threes.
Fenerbahçe again has just one game over the next week, taking on Lyon in a EuroLeague matchup on Dec. 13.
Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Hirsch continues to play in France this offseason as we await to see if she ultimately decides to test her skills in the WNBA in 2024 after not coming over to the United States since being drafted by the Lynx in the 2023 draft.
Over the past week, Hirsch and Villeneuve d’Ascq held two games, a EuroLeague game against Bridget Carleton and UNI Györ on Dec. 6 and a France-LFB battle against Landes on Dec. 9.
Hirsch played in one of those two games, an 89-61 over UNI Györ on Dec. 6. In that contest, the 20-year-old played a limited role off the bench while being held scoreless over five minutes.
Hirsch and Villeneuve have two games scheduled this week, a EuroLeague battle against Avenida on Dec. 13 and a France-LFB game against Hainaut on Dec. 16.
Juhász has played well with Famila Schio this offseason, seeing her play improve as the games continue in Italy. Despite two games on the schedule for Famila Schio this week, Juhász didn’t play in either of those contests.
Famila Schio, which has won five straight games and eight of its last 10 contests, topped Lublin 70-67 on Dec. 6 in a EuroLeague battle while topping San Martino 74-67 in an Italy-Serie A1 contest on Dec. 10.
Juhász and Famila Schio will have two games over the next week, a EuroLeague contest against Sfantu Gheorghe on Dec. 13 and an Italy-Serie A1 game on Dec. 17 against Battipaglia.
Coming off her rookie campaign in the WNBA, Diamond Miller began her season playing in Hungary with UNI Györ this offseason, until she suffered a knee injury that will sideline her for the next handful of weeks.
Miller, who last took the court on Oct. 31 when UNI Györ fell to Polkowice 92-82 in EuroLeague play, recently underwent arthroscopic cartilage knee surgery and will be sidelined for a total of six weeks.
Prior to her injury, Miller was 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.