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 did Alexis Peterson (Angers) and Alsha Clark (Elitzur Ramla). All three finished 5-1 in regular season play.
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 before falling to LDLC ASVEL Feminin in the Quarterfinals.
Elitzur Ramla defeated Maccabi Bnot Ashdod in the First Round, and InvestInTheWest Enea Gorzow in the Round of 16 before losing to Umana Reyer Venzia in the Quarterfinals.
|Chelsea Gray—Mersin (10-4)|
|16.1 ppg, 6.1 apg|
|Recent Playoff Games (1-1)
|Mar. 14, W, 84-56, vs. Tango Bourges (1-1)|
|10 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists
|Mar. 17, L, 76-75, vs. Tango Bourges (1-1)|
|14 points, 3 assists
|Mar. 22 vs. Tango Bourges (8-6, 1-1)|
|Kiah Stokes—Fenerbahce (12-2)|
|1.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg|
|Recent Playoff Games (2-0)
|Mar. 14, W, 82-62, vs. Sopron Basket|
|Mar. 17, W, 82-62, vs. Sopron Basket|
|2 points, 4 rebounds
|Final EuroLeague Standings
|2||ZVVZ USK Praha||10-4|
|6||Virtus Segafredo Bologna||5-9|
|2||Beretta Famila Schio||10-4|