Another week is in the books for Connecticut players oversea. Five players were in action during the week of Monday, Nov. 4, including Layshia Clarendon with the USA Women’s basketball team.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 it was the battle of the undefeated in EuroLeage play. Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones ZVVZ USK Praha faced off against Sun teammate Jonquel Jones and UMMC Ekaterinburg. Jonquel Jones still has not seen action in a game this season overseas.
In USK Praha’s 74-67 loss to Ekaterinburg, Thomas played 40 minutes, tied for a team-high 15 points scored and led the team with 17 rebounds and four steals. Jones received 19 minutes of play and went on to score four points and grab seven rebounds for the second most boards on the team.
The same day, in EuroCup competition, Natishia Hiedeman and Lulea Basket fell to Galatasaray 72-67. In the loss, Hiedeman scored a team-high 19 points, dished out a team-high nine assists and grabbed six rebounds. The rookie is averaging 20.3 points per game as well as 7.3 assists per game over a three-game span in the EuroCup. Lulea is still looking to capture their first win in the EuroCup league and are currently 0-4. On Friday, Nov. 8, Hiedeman and Lulea grabbed a 68-52 victory over IK EOS in the Sweden Basketball League.
Courtney Williams and Izmit dropped a battle to OGM Ormanspor in overtime. In the 83-80 loss, Williams played 41 minutes in which she led the team with 23 points and 14 rebounds. She also dished out six assists. Izmit is now 2-3 in the Turkish League and ranked 8th.
Continuing on the USA Basketball College Tour, Layshia Clarendon and the team competed against Texas A&M on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 9. USA defeated Texas A&M 93-63 and fell to Oregon 93-86. The loss to Oregon is only the USA’s second loss to an NCAA team; the previous being against the University of Tennessee in on Nov. 7, 1999.