With WNBA Free agency is soon going to get more interesting as players begin to officially sign with teams starting February 1. The Minnesota Lynx and the rest of the league are focused on the 2023 season and rounding out rosters before the new year rolls around.
As transactions happen, three Lynx players are spending their seasons abroad in Turkey, Italy and Spain while working on their games before the WNBA season begins.
A week ago, we updated you again on Kayla McBride, Jessica Shepard, and Bridget Carleton at Lynx Offseason Upda Seventh EditionTelecom Egypt And how did they perform outside the country.
Over the past week, both Lynx players have taken the field once, with McBride delivering a balanced performance, Shepard hitting another double-double and Carleton doing a little bit of everything on either end of the field.
Let’s take a look at how the Lynx performs outdoors in Offseason Update V8.
Fenerbahçe – Euroleague – Istanbul, Turkey
McBride has been the Lynx’s best overseas player this season, and continues to put in solid performances for Fenerbahçe.
Over the past week, McBride played in a Euroleague game on January 25, in a 95-73 win over Virtus Segafredo Bologna. In that game, McBride had a balanced showing with 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and four rebounds over 34 minutes. The performance was McBride’s second straight game of at least 10 points, five assists and two steals.
So far this season, McBride has averaged 16.1 points, 4.34 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 35.2 minutes over 11 Euroleague games this offseason. She also averaged 19.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1 steal over 29.5 minutes in 14 games between Turkey and the KBSL.
Umana Reyer Venezia – Italy Serie A1 / EuroCup – Venice, Italy
Another week, another double for Shepard. Over the past week, Shepherd has hit the court for one-on-one with Umana Reyer Venezia, playing one European Cup competition as she continues the recent double-header.
In an 83–68 loss to Elitzur Holon on January 26, Shepard scored a season-high 14 points, a season-high 15 rebounds, four assists and a season-high three in 31 minutes. Shepherd’s double performance was his third in a row at the European Championships and tenth of the season so far.
This off-season, Shepard has averaged 16.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and three assists in 26.7 minutes in seven EuroCup matches this year. She averaged 19.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.1 minutes over 14 matches between Italy and Serie A1.
Perfumerías Avenida – EuroLeague – Salamanca, Spain
Carlton has been back in action with Perfumerías Avenida over the past week, playing one EuroLeague match with their Spanish club.
In a 75–61 victory over the Kangoeroes Mechelen on January 26, Carlton had an impressive performance on both ends of the field while finishing with 13 points, a season-high six, three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes of play. Carlton has surpassed the goal tally in four of their six Euroleague matches, having done so eight times this off-season.
So far this season, Carlton has averaged 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 29.8 minutes over six EuroCup competitions, while averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1 assist in 25.9 minutes per game. Seven matches Spain-LF Endesa.
It will do so in another version of the Lynx Offseason Update. Enjoy all the free agent news coming in the coming days before we catch up again with another off-season update next week.