Where In The World Are The Aces?
Many WNBA players take their talents overseas during the “offseason,” and the Aces are no exception. In addition to playing in country-specific leagues, some teams also participate in the EuroLeague and EuroCup.
The EuroLeague is the highest professional basketball league in Europe. At the start of the 2022-23 season, 21 teams were vying for the EuroLeague championship. Of those 21 teams, 13 had byes into the regular season, while 8 additional teams participated in qualifying games to determine the final 3 participants.
The 16 teams are broken up into 2 groups of 8 for the regular season which runs from October 26 through March 1. The top 4 teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals, which are slated for March 14-22. The Semifinals are scheduled for April 14, with the Finals taking place on April 16.
Chelsea Gray (Mersin) and Kiah Stokes (Fenerbahce) are playing in the EuroLeague this season.
The EuroCup is an annual second-tier level competition in Europe. At the start of the 2022-23 season, 57 teams were vying for the EuroCup championship.
From October 5-13, 18 teams compete in the Qualifying Round to advance to the Regular Season. In addition five teams from the EuroLeague will join the EuroCup following EuroLeague Qualifiers.
The Regular Season runs from October 26 to December 15 and consists of 12 groups of 4 teams. The playoffs feature the top 32 teams, and run from January 4-April 12.
Riquna Williams (Ormanspor) played in the EuroCup this season, as is Alexis Peterson (Angers). Ormanspor finished 5-1 in Group D during the regular season, while Angers finished 5-1 in Group L. Playoff Round 1 began January 4, 2023, and Ormanspor was eliminated in the first round by Castors Braine. Angers upended Movistar Estudiantes in the First Round of the playoffs, and Castors Braine in the Round of 16. They take on LDLC ASVEL Feminin in the Quarterfinals beginning February 23.
|Chelsea Gray—Mersin (9-4)|
|17.7 ppg, 6.4 apg|
|Feb. 22, W, 75-73, vs. Spar Girona|
|18 points, 4 rebounds
|Mar. 1 vs. Kangoeroes Mechelen (2-11)|
|Kiah Stokes—Fenerbahce (11-2)|
|1.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg|
|Feb. 22, W, 93-61, vs. Valencia BC|
|Mar. 1 vs. Tango Bourges (7-6)|
|2||ZVVZ USK Praha||9-4|
|6||Virtus Segafredo Bologna||5-8|
|2||Beretta Famila Schio||9-4|
|Alexis Peterson—Angers (5-1)|
|16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg|
|Recent Playoff Games (Trail 1-0)
|Feb. 22, L, 88-58, vs. LDLC ASVEL Feminlin|
|Next Playoff Games
|Mar. 1 vs. LDLC ASVEL Feminlin|
|2||AZS UMCS Lublin||4-2|
|3||Crvene Zvezda MTS||3-3|
|1||NKA Universitas PEAC||5-1|
|2||Elitzur Lando Ramla
|3||Hatay BB Spor||1-5|
|1||InvestInTheWest Enea Gorzow||5-1|
|3||Piestanske Cagdas Factoring||3-3|
|4||Slavia Banska Bystrica||0-6|
|2||VBW Arka Gdynia||4-2|
|3||Polskie Przetwory Bydgoszcz||2-4|
|4||FCC UAV Arad||1-5|
|4||Bursa Uludag Basketbol||0-6|
|2||Maccabi Bnot Ashdod||3-3|
|2||BCF Elfic Fribourg||4-2|
|3||Basket Manur Capitale||2-4|
|1||Umana Reyes Venezia
|2||Lointek Gernika Bizkala||3-3|
|4||Rutronik Stars Keltern||0-6|
|2||Cadi La Seu||3-3|
|1||Villeneueve d’Ascq LM
|3||Dinamo Banco di Sardegna||2-4|
|2||LDLC Asvel Feminin||4-2|
|1||Flammes Carolo Basket