Overseas Recap: Storm Players Thrive During Offseason Abroad

Other than veteran point guard Sue Bird, every returning member of the Seattle Storm spent the offseason playing overseas. Whether it was in Europe, Asia or Australia, many of the Storm players added championships to their résumés in the last few months. A few of them still have games to play before re-joining Seattle. Below is an overview of each player’s season.

Abby Bishop (Canberra Capitals – Australia)

Although her team finished in last place of the Australian WNBL, Bishop posted another stellar season with 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. It wasn’t quite as prolific as the previous campaign when she led the WNBL in scoring and rebounding, but Bishop has averaged at least 14 points per game in each of her last five seasons in Australia.


Alysha Clark (Maccabi Ashdod – Israel)

It was an eventful offseason for Clark, who won a pair of trophies alongside former Storm guard Tanisha Wright at Maccabi Ashdod. On Monday, Clark scored 12 points in the decisive fifth game of the Israeli League championship series. She also won the Cup title in March, scoring 20 points in the championship game to earn MVP honors.

Markeisha Gatling (Shinhan Bank – South Korea)

Gatling shot an incredible 61.7 percent from the field (116-for-188) in South Korea this past season. She averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a starting forward, but Shinhan Bank finished the season with a 13-22 record.

Angel Goodrich (PWSZ Gorzow – Poland)

In her first year with the club, Goodrich led PWSZ Gorzow with 3.8 assists per game and added 12.9 points per contest, third most on the team. Gorzow finished near the bottom of the Polish League and didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Quanitra Hollingsworth (Fenerbache – Turkey)

Hollingsworth has been a key part of Fenerbache’s dominating campaign, one in which the club won the Turkish Cup and finished 23-3 in the regular season. Fenerbache also made it to the EuroLeague’s Final Four for the third consecutive year, earning a third-place finish. Hollingsworth’s team is currently up 1-0 in the quarterfinal series of the playoffs.

Crystal Langhorne (Good Angels Kosice – Slovakia)

Good Angels Kosice has been the best team in Slovakia for the past half decade, and the addition of Langhorne certainly hasn’t hurt. With Langhorne leading the team in rebounding (7.9 per game), Good Angels Kosice went 28-0 in the regular season and is now up 1-0 in the championship series of the playoffs. Langhorne also led the EuroLeague with 10.8 rebounds per game.

Jewell Loyd (Galatasaray – Turkey)

In her first overseas campaign, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year finished fifth in the Turkish league with 18.3 points per contest. Loyd’s team lost to Fenerbache in the Turkish Cup final and made it to the EuroLeague quarterfinals, where it fell to the ultimate champion, Ekaterinburg of Russia.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Charleville-Mezieres – France)

Heading into the final stretch of its season, Charleville-Mezieres has a 17-8 record and its leading scorer is Mosqueda-Lewis (12.7 points per game). The 22-year-old sharpshooter is draining 42.7 percent of her three-pointers.

Jenna O’Hea (Lattes Montpiellar – France)

One year after winning the French Cup, O’Hea and her team are currently atop the league standings with a 22-2 record. The Australian forward averages 10.6 points per game off the bench in her second season with Lattes Montpiellar.

Ramu Tokashiki (JX-Eneos Sunflowers – Japan)

Tokashiki continued her dominance of the WJBL, guiding JX-Eneos to a sixth consecutive championship and leading the league in scoring for the second straight year (19.5 points per game). She also led the WJBL with 2.1 blocked shots per game. In January, Tokashiki led her team to the All-Japan title and was named to the ‘Best 5’ Tourney Team.

Monica Wright (Keflavik – Iceland)

Wright didn’t spend a full season abroad, but she did play in the Icelandic Women’s Premier League throughout February and March. Wright, who missed the final two months of the 2015 WNBA season due to knee surgery, averaged 16 points per game in her short stint with Keflavik.