Player: Natalie Achonwa
Team: Saces Mapei Napoli
After a brief trip back home for the holidays, Natalie Achonwa recently returned to Italy to resume play for Saces Mapei Napoli. Her team is currently in sixth place in the Italian League, Serie A1, with a 7-7 record. Through six league games, she has averaged 19.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, one assist, 2.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 34.7 minutes per game. She has shot 66 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line.
In her most recent game in Serie A1 play on Jan. 10, Achonwa’s team was defeated, 54-75, by Di Lupari (8-6). Achonwa finished with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 31 minutes played.
Napoli’s next regular season game in Serie A1 is Jan. 17 against Vigarano (3-11), whom Napoli has defeated in three of their last five meetings.
Achonwa’s team finished their EuroCup regular season schedule in second place in Group G with a 4-2 record. In six games of Eurocup play, she averaged 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and a steal in 24.5 minutes per game, while shooting 50 percent on field goals and 69 percent on free throws.
In their initial game of the first round of the EuroCup tournament, Napoli was defeated at home, 59-81, by Sparta&K Vidnoe Moscow Region (5-1) of Russia. Achonwa played well in the loss, however, finishing with a game-high 19 points on 8-for-16 from the field (3-of-4 on free throws), five rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block in 27 minutes. The second game of that series will be played on Jan. 14 in Moscow.
Players: Erlana Larkins and Shavonte Zellous
Team: Adana ASKI Spor
Two Fever players, Shavonte Zellous and Erlana Larkins, recently signed with the same team, Adana ASKI Spor of the Turkish KBSL league.
Larkins made her presence felt immediately with her new team, as she posted an impressive double-double in her first game. Larkins finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds, and two assists against Canik Belediyesi Samsun.
In that same game, Shavonte Zellous finished with nine points and five rebounds.
The Fever teammates will take on Basketbolu Gelistirenler S.K. at home on Jan. 16. In their previous matchup this season on Oct. 31, Gelistirenler defeated Adana ASKI Spor 87-72. Their team has 12 games remaining in the KBSL league regular season.
Player: Marissa Coleman
Team: Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul
Marissa Coleman is playing in Turkey for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul. Her team is currently tied for third place in the KBSL standings with a 10-4 record. Through 11 games in the Turkish KBSL league, she is averaging 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals, while making 39 percent of her field goals, 26 percent of her three-pointers, and 80 percent of her free throws.
In her most recent game in the Turkish league, Coleman had 15 points (2-of-3 on 3-pointers), five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 28 minutes in an 86-71 road-win over Edirne (4-10) on Jan. 10.
Her next Turkish league game comes on Jan. 16 against Mersin BSH BLD (10-4).
Coleman’s team is currently in first place in Group A of the EuroLeague standings with an 8-1 record. Through six EuroLeague games she is averaging 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals. She is shooting 44 percent from the field, 29 percent on three-pointers, and 64 percent from the charity stripe.
In her most recent Euroleague game, Coleman had 11 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 66-56 home win against Dynamo Kursk (6-3) on December 16.
Coleman’s next Euroleague match is Jan. 13 at home against Villeneuve (5-4), whom her team previously defeated, 69-55, on Oct. 28.
Player: Natasha Howard
Country: South Korea
Team: KB Stars Saoul
Natasha Howard is playing for the KB Stars Saoul in South Korea. Her team is currently tied for fourth place in the WKBL standings with a record of 9-12. Through 21 games she is averaging 10.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 17.6 minutes per game. She is shooting 50 percent from the field and 53 percent from the free throw line.
In her most recent game, Howard had 10 points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block in 21 minutes in a 73-64 loss to KEB Hanabank Bucheon (11-10) on Jan. 11.
Howard’s next game is at home against Woori Hansae (19-2) on Jan. 20.
Player: Shenise Johnson
Team: Good Angels Kosice
Shenise Johnson is playing in Slovakia for Good Angels Kosice. Her team is currently in first place in the Slovakian-Extraliga standings with a perfect 16-0 record. After playing in eight Extraliga games, Johnson is averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 21.4 minutes per game. She is shooting 57 percent on field goals, 38 percent on three-pointers, and 77 percent on free throws.
In Johnson’s most recent game in Slovakian Extraliga play, a lopsided 119-37 drubbing of BAM Poprad on December 12, she scored 17 points, hitting 6-of-9 shots, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and all three free throw attempts. She also collected seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, and had both a steal and a block in 22 minutes of action.
Johnson’s next action in the Slovakian League takes place on Jan. 16 against MBK Ruzomberok (14-4) at home. Her team has won each of the last five meetings in the series, with an average margin of victory of 20 points per game.
Johnson’s team is currently in sixth place in Group A of the EuroLeague standings with a 3-6 record. In her six EuroLeague games played in 2015, she averaged 12.2 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks. She shot 37 percent from the field, 53 percent from the three-point line, and 80 percent from the free throw line.
In her most recent game in EuroLeague play, Johnson had 10 points, two assists, and four steals in 31 minutes in a 58-67 loss to Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (8-1) on Jan. 6.
Johnson’s next game in EuroLeague play will be on Jan. 13 against her Fever teammate Lynetta Kizer and Galatasaray (5-4). Good Angels Kosice has won each of the last four meetings with Galatasaray.
Player: Lynetta Kizer
Team: Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul
Lynetta Kizer is a member of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul in Turkey. Her team is currently tied for first place with an 11-3 record in the Turkish KBSL league. In the two Turkish KBSL games she has played, she has averaged 14.5 points, three rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. She shot 48 percent from the field and hit all seven of her free throw attempts in 25.5 minutes per game.
Kizer’s next Turkish League game is Jan. 16 against Yakin Dogu Universitesi Lefkosa (4-10) on the road. Galatasaray won its last meeting with Yakin Dogu on Oct. 25, 85-74.
Kizer’s team is currently tied for second place in Group A in the Euroleague standings with a record of 5-3. After playing in four Euroleague games she has averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.5 blocks. She is shooting 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line in 27 minutes per game.
In her last Euroleague game on Jan. 7, Kizer had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in a 60-75 road-loss to Dynamo Kursk (6-3) of Russia.
Kizer’s next Euroleague game is Jan. 13 against her Fever teammate Shenise Johnson and Good Angels Kosice (3-6).