Lynx update: Players scattered all over the globe
- Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
- November 14, 2012 - 11:29 AM
More than 4,000 people have viewed a YouTube video of Maya Moore scoring 60 points for Shanxi Xing Rui against Yunnan in a recent game in China.
It is available here.
She was 19 of 43 from the floor. Forty-three shots? That's crazy. What are the other players doing? Her team won 93-88 in overtime.
Her team started the season 0-2 without her, but has won four in a row with her.
Wonder what the Lynx are thinking about the way Moore is being used? If she is the No. 1, 2 and 3 scoring option on her Chinese team, how tired will she be for the WNBA season?
On Tuesday, Moore had a ho-hum 30 points as Shanxi Xing Rui beat Liaoning 81-57. She also had 10 rebounds and five assists.
Here is what Moore did in her first three games in China:
1) 37 pts., 17 rebs., 5 assists, 4 steals ... team won by 13
2) 34 pts., 16 rebs., 1 assist, 4 steals ... team won by eight
3) 60 pts., 13 rebs., 2 assists, 5 steals, team won by three
Here's how other Lynx players are doing in the "offseason":
* Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen scored 21 points -- on 10 shots -- and had four assists in 21 minutes as her Galatasaray team rolled to a 100-42 victory over Edremit in the Turkish Basketball League.
* Rebekkah Brunson scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench as USK Praha -- Whalen's former team -- rolled to a 100-72 win over Valosun Brno.USK Praha is 10-0 in the Czech Republic Basketball League.
* Seimone Augustus scored 12 points for Sparta&K in an 87-75 loss to Nadezhda Orenburg in the Russian League.
* Devereaux Peters scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds as Lucca won 73-45 over Chieti in the Italian League.
* Monica Wright and Jessica Adair will be playing in Australia, and Amber Harris in South Korea.
* Candice Wiggins and Erin Thorn are not playing overseas.
* Center Taj McWilliams-Franklin, after years of playing overseas this winter, is an assistant coach for Rice University. The Owls defeated Prairie View A&M 57-42 on Friday in their first game. ... Rice plays at Tennessee on Thursday.
.Part of the Rice bio on Mama Taj:
Long-time WNBA standout Taj McWilliams-Franklin joined the Rice women's basketball staff as an assistant coach in May of 2012, but will not formally be on campus until after the conclusion of the 2012 WNBA season.
"We are pleased and excited to add Taj McWilliams-Franklin to our staff," Rice head coach Greg Williams stated. "Having coached vs. Taj in the WNBA, I have always respected her abilities, her competitiveness, leadership, and tremendous desire to win. She brings instant credibility to our players and her expertise in the post position will greatly benefit our young post players.
"Taj was an outstanding student-athlete at St. Edwards University who will be comfortable with our academic requirements and a positive role model for all of our players. She is an outstanding person who brings great energy and enthusiasm to Rice Women's Basketball," Williams concluded.
"I am thrilled and excited to be chosen by coach Greg Williams and Rice University to participate in the successful growth and development of the women's basketball program," said McWilliams-Franklin. "I have nothing but the highest regard for Coach Williams and I am looking forward to becoming a contributing member of his staff as well as part of the Rice community."
Currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx, McWilliams-Franklin is a 14-year WNBA veteran and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
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