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 2021-22 season, 20 teams were vying for the EuroLeague championship. Of those 20 teams, 14 had byes into the regular season, while 6 additional teams participated in late-September qualifying games to determine the final 2 participants.
The 16 teams are broken up into 2 groups of 8 for the regular season which runs from early October through February 1. The top 4 teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals, which are slated for February 23-March 9. The Semifinals are scheduled for April 8, with the Finals taking place on April 10.
Kelsey Plum (Galatasaray) and Kiah Stokes (Fenerbahce) are playing in the EuroLeague this season. Riquna Williams played for Galatasary earlier in the year.
The EuroCup is an annual second-tier level competition in Europe. At the start of the 2021-22 season, 48 teams were vying for the EuroCup championship.
From mid-October to December 2, 12 groups of 4 teams compete in the regular season. The playoffs feature the top 32 teams, and run from December 15-April 6.
Destiny Slocum (Kayseri) played in the EuroCup this season, but her team failed to advance to the playoffs.
|Kelsey Plum—Galatasaray (5-8)|
|14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg|
|Jan. 30—L, 71-62, vs. Basket Landes|
|19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 rebounds 4 steals|
|Feb. 2 vs. Beretta Famila Schio (7-5)|
|Kiah Stokes—Fenerbahce (9-3)|
|4.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg|
|Jan. 29—W, 82-59, vs. Sopron Basket|
|Feb. 2 vs. Dynamo Kursk (8-5)|
|3||ZVVZ USK Praha||8-4|
|4||Beretta Famila Schio||7-5|