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Lynx Offseason Update Vol. 15: Fenerbahçe Wins Turkish Cup, Allen Drops 15 Dimes

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 prepare for the start of WNBA Free Agency this week, with teams able to start offering qualifying offers to players starting Jan. 11, Minnesota Lynx players and other players throughout the league are continuing their offseasons across the globe while preparing for the 2024 WNBA 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 and France this offseason.

In last week’s update, McBride led Fenerbahçe with a 30-point outing, Allen and Shepard put forth near double-double outings and more. Let’s look at how the Lynx have performed over the past week around the globe.


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Kayla McBride and Nina Milić

Istanbul, Turkey

The Lynx duo of McBride and Milić have led global powerhouse Fenerbahçe this offseason, adding to the team’s rapidly growing trophy case over the past week in the Turkish Cup.

Fenerbahçe topped CBK Mersin 79-76 in overtime on Jan. 5 in the Turkish Cup Championship Game to claim their third title over the last four Turkish Cup tournaments.

In that outing, McBride led the way with a team-high 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes, while Milić didn’t appear in the contest. Earlier in the week, Fenerbahçe topped Nesibe Aydin 96-57 and Ormanspor 93-86 to reach the title game.

Fenerbahçe will return to action this week with a matchup against Dorka Juhász and Famila Schio in a EuroLeague battle on Jan. 11.


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Lindsay Allen

Ankara, Turkey

Allen has been consistent with Botas SK this offseason, and she turned that up a notch this week with her best outing of the offseason thus far.

Allen and Botas SK topped CBK Mersin 83-79 on Jan. 7 with Allen putting forth an impressive outing with 17 points, 15 assists and five rebounds over 40 minutes.

Botas SK and Allen return to the court on Jan. 14 when they face Galatasaray in a Turkey-KBSL contest.


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Bridget Carleton

Györ, Hungary

Carleton has put together a strong offseason with UNI Györ, leading the team offensively again over the past week with one game on the schedule.

In a 90-65 blowout win over Vasas Akemedia on Jan. 6, Carleton led the team with a trio of threes to conclude with a team-high-tying 15 points, team-high marks of six steals and five assists, and three rebounds over 25 minutes.

Carleton and UNI Györ will have a pair of EuroLeague games this week, a battle against Landes on Jan. 10 an a game against Polkowice on Jan. 17.


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Jessica Shepard

Venice, Italy

Shepard has had an impressive offseason for Umana Reyer Venezia, and being the leader on the team continued over the past week in one game.

In a 75-44 blowout win over Brixia in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals, Shepard led with a team-high 16 points to go along with four rebounds, two steals and one assist in just 19 minutes of action.

Umana Reyer Venezia will advance to play in the Coppa Italia semifinals this week before returning to action in the EuroCup playoffs on Jan. 11 against Gdynia.


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Dorka Juhász

Schio, Italy

Juhász has spent her entire offseason with Famila Schio, though she hasn’t appeared in any games as of late and again didn’t play for Famila Schio in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals on Jan. 7.

Famila Schio took down Oxygen Roma 81-72 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round this week. Next up on the schedule for Juhász and Famila Schio after Coppa Italia play is a EuroLeague contest against Kayla McBride, Nina Milić and Fenerbahçe on Jan. 11.


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Maïa Hirsch

Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Hirsch continues to play in France for Villeneuve d’Ascq this offseason as we wait to see if she will ultimately join the WNBA in 2024.

Over the past week, Villeneuve d’Ascq had one on the schedule, a 67-63 loss to Tarbes in France-LFB action, but Hirsch didn’t appear in the game.

So far this offseason, Hirsch has averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds over 18.2 minutes in nine France-LFB games, also tallying 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists over 16.5 minutes in eight EuroLeague contests.


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Tiffany Mitchell

Kigali, Rwanda

After joining Rwanda Energy Group (REG) on a short-term deal to play in the 2023 FIBA Africa Women’s Basketball League earlier this month, Mitchell concluded play in Egypt on Dec. 19.

Over seven games in FIBA African Women’s Basketball League action, Mitchell averaged 23.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals over 35.6 minutes per contest.

Though her time with REG is now over, Mitchell will join Athletes Unlimited when that season begins in February.