ACES ABROAD: EuroLeague & EuroCup Update (January 23, 2021)

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 2019-20 season, 18 teams were vying for the EuroLeague championship. Of those 18 teams, 14 had byes into the regular season, while 4 additional teams participated in late-October qualifying games. The winners of the two qualifying games—Izmit Belediyespor and Spar Girona—advanced to the regular season.

The 16 teams are broken up into four groups of four for the regular season which runs from early December through late January. The top two teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals, which are slated for March 17 and 19. The Semifinals are scheduled for April 16, with the Finals taking place on April 18.

Kayla McBride (Fenerbahce) and Angel McCoughtry (Galatasaray) play in the EuroLeague.

The EuroCup is an annual second-tier level competition in Europe. At the start of the 2020-21 season, 35 teams were vying for the EuroCup championship.

Twenty-nine of those teams had byes into the regular season. They will be joined by the three teams that advance from the EuroCup Qualifying Round which is scheduled for December 16-17.

The regular season gets underway in early January and runs through the end of February. The playoffs run from mid-March to Mid-April.

Emma Cannon (Elizag) plays in the EuroCup.

EUROLEAGUE

Kayla McBride—Fenerbahce (4-1)
Schedule Link
Recent Game: Jan. 21, W, 88-57, vs. VNW Arka Gdynia
12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Box Score
x
Jan. 22, W, 67-65, vs. LDLC ASVEL Feminin
15 points, 3 rebounds
Box Score
 
Next Games: Mar. 17 vs. Galatasaray
Mar. 19 vs. Galatasaray

 

Angel McCoughtry—Galatasaray (3-3)
Schedule Link
Recent Games: Jan. 21, L, 87-80, vs. Bourges Basket
11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals
Box Score
x
Jan. 22, W, 75-65, vs. Bourges Basket
11 points, 10 rebounds
Box Score
x
Next Games: Mar. 17 vs. Fenerbahce
Mar. 19 vs. Fenerbahce

 

EuroLeague Standings
* = Qualified for Quarterfinals
GROUP A
1 Perfumerias Avenida * 5-0
2 Dynamo Kursk 2-3
3 Nadezhda 2-3
4 Izmit Belediyespor 0-3
GROUP B
1 Fenerbahce *
5-1
2 LDLC ASVEL Feminin * 4-2
3 ZVVZ USK Praha 3-3
4 VBW Arka Gdynia 0-6
GROUP C
1 UMMC Ekaterinburg * 6-0
2 Spar Girona * 3-3
3 Familia Schio 3-3
4 TTT Riga
0-6
GROUP D
1 Sopron Basket *
6-0
2 Galatasaray * 3-3
3 Bourges Basket 2-4
4 Basket Landes 1-5

 

EUROCUP

Emma Cannon—Elazig (3-0)
Schedule Link
Recent Game: Jan. 21, W, 88-76, vs. Gorzow WLKP.
19 points, 9 rebounds
Box Score
x
Jan. 22, W, 73-61, vs. KP Brno
28 points, 13 rebounds
Box Score
x
Next Game: Mar. 16 vs. Bellona Kayseri

 

EuroCup Standings
GROUP A
1 KSC Szekszard 3-0
2 Bellona Kayseri 2-1
3 Uni Gyor 0-2
4 BC Prometey 0-3
GROUP B
1 Ramla 2-0
2 Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc
1-1
3 Orman Genclik 0-2
4 A3 Basket Umea 0-0
GROUP C
1 Sparta&K MR 2-1
2 VBW CEKK Cegled 2-1
3 Hatay BB 2-1
4 Adana Basketbol
0-3
GROUP D
1 Elazig II Ozel Idare 3-0
2 Gorzow 1-2
3 KP Brno 1-2
4 MBA Moscow 1-2
GROUP E
1 Reyer Venezia 3-0
2 BCF Elfic Fribourg 2-1
3 Landerneau Bretagne 1-2
4 Phantoms Basket Boom 0-3
GROUP F
1 Carolo Basket 2-1
2 Lointek Gernika 2-1
3 Tenerife 2-1
4 La Roche Vendee 0-3
GROUP G
1 ACS Sepsi-SIC 2-1
2 ESBVA-LM 2-1
3 Cadi La Seu 2-1
4 Namur 0-3
GROUP H
1 Valencia
3-0
2 Saint-Amand Hainaut 2-1
3 Castors Braine 1-2
4 Basket Hema SKW 0-3