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Lynx Offseason Update Vol. 10: Shepard Earns EuroCup MVP for November

Each week, we will provide an update on the Minnesota Lynx players overseas and how they are performing as part of our Lynx Offseason Update series.

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As we begin a new month, the final of 2023, we are getting closer to the start of key dates arriving in the WNBA in preparation for the 2024 campaign. Before that arrives, players are still on the court around the world as they work on their skills ahead of the new WNBA year.

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 and France this offseason.

In last week’s update, Carleton debuted in Hungary, McBride and Milić once again led Fenerbahçe, Shepard’s strong play continued in Italy 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.

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Jessica Shepard

Venice, Italy

Shepard has been on a tear recently with Umana Reyer Venezia and her play was recognized over the past week when she was named EuroCup MVP for the month of November. Over the month, Shepard averaged an impressive line of 31.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Over the past week, Shepard and Umana Reyer Venezia played in two games, a 105-58 blowout win over Bursa in EuroCup play on Nov. 30 and an 80-69 win over Virtus Bologna in Italy-Serie A1 action on Dec. 3.

In the win on Nov. 30, Shepard exploded for 37 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block over 28 minutes. In the Dec. 3 victory, she added six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal over 29 minutes.

Umana Reyer Venezia will have one game over the next week, an Italy-Serie A1 battle against Ragusa on Dec. 10.

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Bridget Carleton

Györ, Hungary

After officially joining UNI Györ last week, Carleton has hit the ground running in Hungary and put together a pair of solid showings over the past week.

UNI Györ opened the week with an 81-75 loss to Perfumerias Avenida in EuroLeague play on Nov. 29, a game where Carleton tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal over 36 minutes. The week concluded with a 97-72 loss to Miskolc in Hungary-A Division action, with Carleton posting 16 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes.

Over the next week, Carleton and UNI Györ will have a pair of games, facing Maïa Hirsch and Villeneuve on Dec. 6 in EuroLeague play and taking on Atomeromu in Hungary-A Division action on Dec. 9.

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Kayla McBride and Nina Milić

Istanbul, Turkey

The Lynx duo of McBride and Milić both continue to play well for global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason, helping lead their squad to an undefeated start to the year in both Turkey-KBSL and EuroLeague action.

Over the past week, Fenerbahçe took down Miskolc 81-64 in EuroLeague play on Nov. 29, following that up with a 111-79 victory over Cankaya on Dec. in Turkey-KBSL action.

McBride played in both games over the week, with Milić not taking the court in either contest. On Nov. 29, McBride tallied nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist over 36 minutes, adding a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and two steals over 29 minutes on Dec. 2.

Fenerbahçe will have one game over the next week, taking on Valencia in a EuroLeague matchup on Dec. 6.

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Lindsay Allen

Ankara, Turkey

Allen has taken her game to the next level lately with Botas SK, and that trend continued over the past week with one game on the schedule.

Allen and Botas SK fell to Besiktas 83-53 on Dec. 2, with the guard finishing that contest with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds over 34 minutes.

Botas SK and Allen return to the court this week for one game, a battle against Antalya in a Turkey-KBSL matchup on Dec. 10.

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Maïa Hirsch

Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Yet to appear in the WNBA with the Lynx, Hirsch remains overseas as we await to see if she ultimately decides to test her skills in the WNBA in 2024 after being selected by Minnesota with the 12th pick in the 2023 draft.

Hirsch is currently playing for Villeneuve d’Ascq in the France-LFB league, the top women’s French professional basketball league. Over the past week, Hirsch appeared in both of Villeneuve d’Ascq’s games, a 77-61 loss to Polkowice in EuroLeague action on Nov. 29 and a 78-55 win over Bretagne in France-LFB play on Dec. 2. Hirsch tallied 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two assists over 17 minutes on Nov. 29, adding eight points, three rebounds and one steal over 19 minutes on Dec. 2.

So far this season, Hirsch has averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 assists over 18.2 minutes in nine France-LFB games. The 20-year-old has also averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 18.1 minutes in seven EuroLeague contests.

Hirsch and Villeneuve will have two more games this week, a EuroLeague game against Bridget Carleton and UNI Györ on Dec. 6 and a France-LFB battle against Landes on Dec. 9.

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Dorka Juhász

Schio, Italy

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 faced Valencia in EuroLeague action on Nov. 29, winning that game 77-72. The Italian squad followed that up with a Turkey-KBSL battle against Ragusa on Dec. 3, also taking that game 80-69.

Juhász and Famila Schio will have two games over the next week, a EuroLeague contest against Lublin on Dec. 6 and an Italy-Serie A1 game against San Martino on Dec. 10.

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Tiffany Mitchell

Istanbul, Turkey

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.

Galatasaray has one game on the schedule this week, a Turkey-KBSL contest against Ormanspor on Dec. 10.

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Diamond Miller

Györ, Hungary

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.