The Libs Abroad Weekly Roundup is back with a new addition! On Monday, the New York Liberty acquired 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones from the Connecticut Sun and veteran forward Kayla Thornton from the Dallas Wings in a blockbuster three-team deal. Thornton is currently playing overseas with the Southside Flyers in Australia’s WNBL and wasted no time giving us a great head-to-head match for the Libs Abroad as they faced Jocelyn Willoughby’s Sydney Flames. You can rewatch the shortened game here.
In Spar Gran Canaria’s 75-63 win over Jairis Sika cone delivered an all-time performance as she scored 24 points and 23 rebounds at a stellar 81.8% (9-11) from the field over a full 40 minutes of action – earning her the LF Endesa Week 17 MVP; her third award of the season.
Koné’s double-double showcase marked her 13thth of the season and 17th consecutive double-digit score in as many games.
Jocelyn Willoughby was without light on Wednesday as she scored 18 points overall, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point territory and providing five assists in 24 minutes against Southside.
Three point highlight reel
After her trade with the Liberty, Kayla Thornton led the Southside Flyers to a hard-fought 96-91 win over Sydney after scoring 16 points and eight rebounds on aggregate 58.3% (7-12) from field and 66.7% (2-3) from three had. Welcome to New York Kayla!
Highlights: three hands (1) | three hands (2)
In her top performance of the week Marine Fauthoux nearly eclipsed a triple-double as she recorded 12 points, eight assists and seven boards – four of which were on the offensive glass – in 31 minutes against Bretagne at LFB.
Marine Johannes There was a tough duel at the weekend when she faced her also top-seeded French club BLMA, responsible for three of Lyon’s four defeats in LFB and EuroCup (12-4 record). In 24 minutes, MJ had a total of 11 points, including three triples, along with two assists and steals.
Highlights: Behind the back pass
In two LF Endesa and EuroLeague competitions Michaela Onyenwere added six points on 50% (3-6) shots from the field, followed by five points and three rebounds on Wednesday.
In a similar two game split Rachel Carrera helped Valencia sweep their weekly list. In her top game of the week, Carrera controlled the boards with a total of seven rebounds, as well as three points, three steals and two assists.
|Sat, January 21st||Rachel Carrera||Ensino||—|
|Sat, January 21st||Michaela Onyenwere versus Sika Kone||—||—|
|Sat, January 21st||Sami Whitcomb vs Jocelyn Willoughby||—||1:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat, January 21st||Kayla Thornton||canberra||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sun, January 22nd||Marine Johannès versus Marine Fauthoux||—||9:15 a.m. ET|
|Wed, January 25th||Marine Fauthoux||shio||1:30 p.m. ET|
|Wed, January 25th||Rachel Carrera||castles||2:00 p.m. ET|
|Wed, January 25th||Sami Whitcomb||Bendigo||—|
|Thu, January 26th||Michaela Onyenwere||kangaroos||2:30 p.m. ET|
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