ACES ABROAD: EuroLeague & EuroCup Updates (March 8, 2019)

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.

Kayla McBride (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Kelsey Plum (Fenerbahce) and Isabelle Harrison (USK Praha) all play in the EuroLeague, and their games are broadcast live on YouTube (links included below).

Moriah Jefferson (Galatasaray) and Kelsey Bone (Cukurova) play in the EuroCup.

Check the official online home of the Aces each week for updates on how your favorite players are performing in their adopted countries.

EUROLEAGUE

EuroLeague Standings
GROUP A
1 UMMC Ekaterinburg 13-1 27
2 ZVVZ USK Praha 10-4 24
3 Bourges Basket 9-5 23
4 CCC Polkowice 7-7 21
5 Nadezhda 7-7 21
6 Famila Schio 5-9 19
7 ESBVA-LM 4-10 18
8 Castors Braine 1-13 15
GROUP B
1 Dynamo Kursk 13-1 27
2 Sopron Basket 8-6 22
3 Fenerbahce 8-6 22
4 TTT Riga 8-6 22
5 Perfumerias Avenida 7-7 21
6 Carolo Basket 5-9 19
7 Hatay BB 5-9 19
8 Olympiacos 2-12 16

 

The EuroLeague regular season finished up this week, and the quarterfinals get underway the first week of March. McBride and UMMC Ekaterinburg are the one seed in Group A, and they take on the four seed in Group B—TTT Riga. In the first game of the series, Ekaterinburg upended TTT Riga, 78-45.

Isabelle Harrison and USK Praha are the two seed in Group A, and they square off against Kelsey Plum and Fenerbahce—the three seed in Group B.

Kayla McBride—UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1)
Schedule Link (watch live on YouTube)
Recent Game: Mar. 5, W, 78-45, vs. TTT Riga
13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
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Mar. 8, W, 77-55, vs. TTT Riga
11 points, 6 rebounds
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Next Games:Mar. 13 vs. TTT Riga (7:00 am)

 

Kelsey Plum—Fenerbahce (8-6)
Schedule Link (watch games live on YouTube)
Recent Game: Mar. 5, L, 76-54, vs. USK Praha
12 points
box score link
Mar. 8, L, 77-65, vs. USK Praha
17 points, 4 rebounds
box score link
Next Games: Mar. 13 vs. USK Praha (11:00 am)

 

Isabelle Harrison—USK Praha (10-4)
Schedule Link (watch games live on YouTube)
Recent Game: Mar. 5, W, 76-54, vs. Fenerbahce
5 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists
box score link
Mar. 8, W, 77-65, vs. Fenerbahce
9 points, 9 rebounds
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Next Game: Mar. 13 vs. Fenerbahce (11:00 am)

 

EUROCUP

EuroLeague Final Regular Session Standings
GROUP B
1 Galatasaray 5-1
2 Energa Torun 4-2
3 MBA Moscow 3-3
4 Niki Lefkada 0-6
GROUP E
1 Cukurova 6-0
2 Botas Spor 4-2
3 Beroe 2-4
4 A3 Basket 0-6

 

The EuroCup regular season is in the books, and 24 teams advanced to the playoffs which begin after the new year. The top two teams from each of the 10 Groups are in the postseason (20 teams), as are the two top third place teams in each Conference (four teams).

The top eight teams advance directly to the Round of 16. That includes Kelsey Bones’ Cukurova team, which she joined after the holidays. Cukurova beat Besiktas to advance to the round of 8, where they faced Wisla CANPACK Krakow. Cukurova beat Wisla by 20 in the first game of their series, and by eight in the series-clincher. Bone’s quarterfinals match-up against Familia Schio began March 7, as Cukurova eked out a 79075 victory in the series opener.

Moriah Jefferson’s Galatasaray squad was seeded ninth in the playoffs, and defeated 24 seed Lointek Gernika Bizkaia in the first round. They then upended DVTK to advance to the round of 8 where they took on BLMA. Galatasaray fell by 14 to BLMA in the first game of the series, and 13 in the second decisive game.

 

Kelsey Bone—Cukurova
Schedule Link
Recent Game: Mar. 7, W, 79-75, vs. Familia Schio
12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
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Next Game: Mar. 14 vs. Familia Schio (8:00 am)