CHICAGO — Six Chicago Sky players are currently taking their talents overseas with their respective teams this offseason. Below are the players listed, their teams and country.
Dana Evans – Besiktas JK Istanbul (Turkey)
Azurá Stevens – Galatasaray MP Istanbul (Turkey)
Rebekah Gardner – Spar CityLift Girona (Spain)
Julie German – LDLC Lyon ASVEL Women (France), Belgium national team
Ruthy Hebard – Nuclear Power Plant KSC Szekszárd (Hungary)
Emma Meesseman – Fenerbahçe Sports Club Istanbul (Turkey, Belgium national team
Emma Meesseman made her international debut in 2022-23 with Fenerbahçe in Istanbul, Turkey. In her first game, Meesseman scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes against Kayseri in the Turkish league. She has played a total of three games for Fenerbahçe so far and improved her stat line with every game. Most recently, she scored 20 points with 12 rebounds in 38 minutes against Nesibe as a team best. Fenerbahçe are 4-2 in the Turkish league and 2-2 in the EuroLeague. After a short holiday break, Meesseman and Fenerbahçe take on USK Praha in the EuroLeague.
Meesseman also plays for the Belgium national team in the two Euro qualifiers this week. Belgium will play North Macedonia on November 24th and Bosnia-Herzegovina on November 27th.
Rebekah Gardner and Spar CityLift Girona have enjoyed a 3-1 record in the last two weeks, winning their last three games against Spar Gran Canaria and Move Students in the Spanish league and a sizable 63-60 win over Sopron in the EuroLeague. Against Spar Gran Canaria, Gardner notched a team-best 20 points and four assists in 33 minutes and grabbed another team effort of 10 rebounds against Move Students. Spar Girona continue to play against Kutxabank Araski (December 1) and Jairis (December 3) in the Spanish league, trying to improve to a 9-2 record.
Ruthy Hebard has averaged 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 30.1 minutes in the last three games with Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd. Szekszárd recorded a 2-1 record in those games, most recently beating Olympiacos 78-69 to level them 2-2 in the EuroLeague. In that game, Hebard had 15 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. On November 12, Szekszárd narrowly defeated Sopron 70–68 in the Hungarian league. They now hold an 8-2 league record. In that game, Hebard recorded 12 points and six rebounds. Hebard and Szekszárd are back in action on December 3 against PEAC-Pecs in the Hungarian league and on December 7 against Bourges in the EuroLeague.
After losing their first five games, Dana Evans and Besiktas have won their last two games in Turkish league against Hatay (84-81) and Rize (76-59). In both games, Evans recorded a team-high in points and minutes. She posted a season-high 37 points in 45 minutes against Hatay and a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes against Rize. During the season, Evans averages 19.0 points in 38.9 minutes in seven games. Besiktas will resume their game in the Turkish league on November 30 against OGM Ormanspor.
Azurá Stevens and Galatasaray went 6-0 unbeaten in the Turkish league before falling 54-68 to Mersin, led by Chicago Sky assistant coach Emre Vatansever. Galatasaray are now 6-1 in the Turkish league and 2-2 in the EuroCup game, most recently beating Slavia BB 81-70 on November 16th. Stevens and Galatasaray resume play against Meesseman and Fenerbahçe in the Turkish league on December 1.
Julie Allemand plays Asvel Feminin with LDLC Lyon. Lyon are currently unbeaten 4-0 in the French league and 2-1 in the EuroCup match. They continue play in the French league on December 4 against Tarbes and on December 8 against BLMA in the EuroCup. Allemand is currently treating an injury and is still with the team. She will not take part in the two European Championship qualifiers this week.
*Courtney Vandersloot will not be traveling abroad for the foreseeable future (Euroleasing Sopron Basket – Hungary). There are currently no further updates from Chicago Sky.
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