With offseason activities starting to pick up in the WNBA and continuing to do so over the next month or two, offseason action is also starting to pick up for Minnesota Lynx players and other WNBA players who are taking the court overseas ahead of the 2024 campaign.
The Lynx have a total of eight players who are playing overseas, not counting Napheesa Collier, who played in Turkey earlier this offseason, and Diamond MIller, who returned home after playing in Hungary at the start of the offseason. 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.
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.
Carleton has played well for UNI Györ since joining the Hungarian squad about a month ago. Over the past week, she took the court in a pair of games while exploding offensively in a contest on Dec. 17.
To begin the week on Dec. 13, UNI Györ fell to Virtus Bologna 76-70, with Carleton tallying 10 points, six rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes. To cap the week on Dec. 17, UNI Györ took down Sopron 105-91, led by Carleton with 30 points, five assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes.
Carleton and UNI Györ have one game on the schedule this week, facing USK Praha in a EuroLeague battle on Dec. 20.
Kayla McBride and Nina Milić
The Lynx duo of McBride and Milić both continue to play well for global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason, taking part in two games over the past week which included Fenerbahçe’s first and only loss of the season thus far.
To begin the week, Fenerbahçe fell to Lyon 89-81 on Dec. 12, with McBride notching 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in that contest. In an 88-62 win over Ormanspor on Dec. 16, McBride had another strong showing with 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals over 30 minutes.
Milić didn’t appear in either of the two games over the week.
Fenerbahçe has two games coming up on the schedule this week, a EuroLeague contest against Zaragoza on Dec. 20 and a Turkey-KBSL matchup against Mersin on Dec. 23.
Allen has been impressive with Botas SK this offseason, and her trend of strong play continued this week with one game on the schedule.
Allen and Botas SK took down Bellona Kayseri 83-64 in a Turkey-KBSL contest on Dec. 17, with Allen posting another near triple-double of 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 Cankaya in a Turkey-KBSL matchup on Dec. 23.
Shepard has been one of the best, if not the best, player on the Umana Reyer Venezia roster this offseason, putting together another strong week in Italy.
In one game over the week, a EuroCup playoff contest against Fribourg on Dec. 14, Shepard led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal in just 27 minutes during an 83-63 victory.
Umana Reyer Venezia resumes the EuroCup playoffs with another game against Fribourg on Dec. 21.
Last week, Mitchell 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. Over the week, REG won all five games ahead of a semifinal matchup against KPA on Dec. 18.
Over those five games, Mitchell averaged 24.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals over 34.6 minutes while shooting 46.9% from the field and 47.2% from three. On Dec. 12, Mitchell tallied 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists, following up that performance with a near triple-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on Dec. 13.
Mitchell and REG will continue play in the FIBA African Women’s Basketball League this week before games wrap up on Dec. 19. Mitchell will then join Athletes Unlimited when that season begins in the new year.
Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
As we wait to see if Hirsch will join the WNBA in 2024, she continues to play in France for Villeneuve d’Ascq this offseason.
Over the past week, Villeneuve d’Ascq had a pair of games, both of which ended in victory. Hirsch, however, didn’t appear in either of those contests. So far this offseason, Hirsch has averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals over nine France-LFB games, averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists over eight EuroLeague contests.
Villeneuve has one game on the schedule this week, a matchup against Mersin in EuroLeague action on Dec. 20.
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 opened the week by taking down Sfantu Gheorghe 88-72 on Dec. 13, following that up with a 98-50 blowout win over Battipaglia on Dec. 16.
Juhász and Famila Schio will have two games over the next week, a EuroLeague game against Miskolc on Dec. 20 before an Italy-Serie A1 contest against Milano on Dec. 23.
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.
As a result of that injury, Miller has returned to the United States to continue her rehab while seeing her overseas action conclude.
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.