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.
Chelsea Gray (Girona) and Angel McCoughtry (Galatasaray) played in the EuroLeague this season.
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) and Riquna Williams (Ormanspor) played in the EuroCup this season.
|Chelsea Gray—Girona (lost in quarterfinals, 2-0)|
|Quarterfinals Gm. 1: Mar. 17—L, 74-66, vs. Perfumerias Avenida|
|6 points, 4 rebounds|
|Quarterfinals Gm. 2: Mar. 19, L, 71-65, vs. Perfumerias Avenida
|8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists|
|Emma Cannon—Elazig (lost in quarterfinals)
|Round of 16: Mar. 16, W, 88-86, vs. Bellona Keyseri|
|7 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists|
|Quarterfinals: Mar. 18, L, 77-67, vs. KSC Szekszard|
|20 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists|