December 7, 2022 – Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) – Chicago Sky Press Release
CHICAGO – Six Chicago Sky players are currently taking their talents overseas with their teams this offseason. Below are the players, their teams and 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), Belgian national team
Ruthy Hebard -Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd (Hungary)
Emma Meesseman – Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü Istanbul (Turkey, Belgian national team
Emma Meesseman made her international debut for Fenerbahçe in Istanbul, Turkey on November 12 against Kayseri. Returning from the December hiatus, Meesseman and Fenerbahçe defeated Azurá Stevens and Galatasaray, 80-72, in a Turkish league game. On December 4, Fenerbahçe beat Cankaya in dominant fashion, 87-61, improving to a 6-2 overall record. Fenerbahçe’s two losses come against Nesibe and Botas A. They face USK Praha on December 7 in the Euroleague and Dana Evans and Besiktas on December 10 in the Turkish League.
The Belgian women’s national team, the Belgian Cats, played two qualifying games for the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket. In the 112-41 victory against North Macedonia, Meesseman recorded 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Belgium recorded its second victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina 100-60, where Meesseman recorded 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Rebekah Gardner and Spar CityLift Girona currently hold a 1-1 record in the month of December – a narrow 62-64 loss against Kutxabank Araski and a 79-71 win against Jairis in the Spanish league. Against Kutxabank Araski, Gardner recorded a team-high 22 points with six rebounds and two assists. Against Jairis, she recorded a team performance of seven rebounds and 10 points. Spar Girona plays against Miskolc on December 8 (Euroleague) and Avenida on December 11 (Spanish League).
Ruthy Hebard is currently averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in Hungarian League games, while also averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in Euroleague games so far for Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd. On November 30, Hebard and Szekszárd posted a 91-58 shutout win against Cegledi, but lost their next game against PEAC-Pecs, 65-67, to drop to a 9-3 overall record. They return to action against Bourges on December 7 (Euroleague) and against Uni Gyor on December 10 (Hungarian League).
After winning their last two games before the short break, Dana Evans and Besiktas lost their last two games in Turkish League play against OGM Ormanspor, 79-87, and against Sky assistant coach Emre Vatansever and ÇBK Mersin, 87-92. In the game against OGM Ormanspor, Evans recorded a team record of 33 points and six assists in 40 minutes. Against Mersin, she recorded another team record with 41 points and seven rebounds in 39 minutes. On the season, Evans is averaging a whopping 23.0 points and 4.9 assists in 39.0 minutes. Besiktas continues the Turkish League match against Meesseman and Fenerbahçe.
Stevens and Galatasaray are currently even 1-1 in December. In the loss to Fenerbahçe, Stevens had 10 points and six rebounds, then recorded a team-high 19 points in 35 minutes in a 55-47 win over Botas A. Galatasaray has a EuroCup game against Gorzow Wlkp on Dec. 7 and a Turkish League game against Emlak Konuta on December 10. Stevens is averaging 14.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in the Turkish League and 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the European Cup.
Julie Allemand made her season debut with LDLC Lyon Asvel Feminin in a 64-52 win against Tarbes on December 4th. In her debut, Allemand scored 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes for the team. Lyon holds an unbeaten record of 5-0 in the French league and 2-1 in the EuroCup. Allemand did not travel with the Belgian national team for EuroBasket qualifiers in November.
*Courtney Vandersloot will not be traveling abroad (Euroleasing Sopron Basket – Hungary) for the foreseeable future. There are currently no further updates from the Chicago Sky.
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