CHICAGO — Six Chicago Sky players are currently taking their talent overseas with their teams in the off-season. Below is the list of players, their teams and their country.
Dana Evans – Besiktas JK Istanbul (Turkey)
Azurá Stevens – Galatasaray MP Istanbul (Turkey)
Rebekah Gardner – Spar CityLift Girona (Spain)
Julie Allemand – LDLC Lyon ASVEL Féminin (France), Belgium national team
Ruthy Hebard – Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd (Hungary)
Emma Meissmann – Fenerbahçespor Colombo Istanbul (Turkey, Belgium National Team
Emma Meesemann made her 2022-23 overseas debut with Fenerbahçe in Istanbul, Turkey. In her first game, Messman scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes against Kayseri in a Turkish League game. She’s played three total games so far with Fenerbahçe, adding to her base streak across the board every game. Most recently, she scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 38 minutes of play against Nesip. Fenerbahçe is 4-2 in the Turkish League and 2-2 in the Euroleague. After a short break, Messmann and Fenerbahçe face off against USK Praha in the Euroleague.
Messmann will also play with the Belgian national team this week in the European Championship qualifiers. Belgium will play North Macedonia on November 24 and Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 27.
Rebecca Gardner and Spar City Lift Girona have posted a 3-1 record over the past two weeks, winning their last three matches against Spar Gran Canaria and Move Student in La Liga and beating Sopron in the Euroleague match by a score of 63-60. Against Spar Gran Canaria, Gardner scored a career-high 20 points and four assists in 33 minutes and recorded a team-high 10 rebounds against the Student Move. Spar Girona continues to play in La Liga against Coca-Cola Arasky (December 1) and Gairis (December 3), looking to improve on a 9-2 record.
Ruthie Hibbard has averaged 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 30.1 minutes over her last three games with Atomime KSK Zikzard. Szekszárd posted an overall record of 2-1 over those games, the last of which was a defeat of Olympiacos, 78-69, lifting them to a 2-2 record in Euroleague play. In that game, Hibbard recorded 15 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. On November 12, Szekszárd narrowly beat Sopron, 70-68 in the Hungarian League match. They now hold an 8-2 record in the league. In that game, Hibbard scored 12 points and six rebounds. Hibbard and Szekeszard returned to action on 3 December against PEAC-Pecs in the Hungarian League and against Borg in the EuroLeague on 7 December.
After losing their first five matches, Dana Evans and Beşiktaş won their last two Turkish League matches against Hatay, 84-81, and Reze, 76-59. In both games, Evans scored team-highs in points and minutes. Against Hatay, she scored a season-high 37 points in 45 minutes, and against Rize, she posted a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. On the season, Evans averaged 19.0 points in 38.9 minutes over seven games. Besiktas will continue to play in the Turkish League against OGM Ormanspor on 30 November.
Azura Stevens and Galatasaray went undefeated in the Turkish League with a score of 6-0 before losing to Mersin, led by Chicago Sky assistant Emre Vatancifer, 54-68. Galatasaray is now 6-1 in the Turkish League and 2-2 in the EuroCup match, most recently defeating Slavia BB, 81-70 on November 16. Stevens and Galatasaray resumed play on December 1 against Messman and Fenerbahçe in the Turkish League.
Julie Allemand plays LDLC Lyon Asvel Feminin. Lyon is currently unbeaten with a score of 4-0 in Ligue 1 and 2-1 in a EuroCup match. They continue to play in Ligue 1 against Tarbes on December 4 and against BLMA in the EuroCup on December 8. Allemand is currently dealing with an injury and is still with the team. She will not participate in the two European Championship qualifiers this week.
* Courtney Vandersloot (Euroleasing Sopron Basket – Hungary) will not be traveling abroad for the foreseeable future. There are no further updates from Chicago Sky at this time.
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