Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Terrapin Women Wintering Overseas

As most basketball fans know, the WNBA plays its league schedule during the summer, traditionally the off-season for basketball. What this means for the players, though, is that they are free to also pursue "off-season" careers during the normal basketball season overseas. Five former Terrapin women are playing in some of the top European leagues this winter:

Marissa Coleman (2005-09) -- Famila Wuber Schio of Italy's Lega A1. Profile page (translation). During the summer, Coleman played for the Washington Mystics and made the 2009 WNBA All Rookie Team.

Shay Doron (2003-07) -- Municipal MCM Targoviste of Romania's Division 1. Profile page (translation). Doron once played for the New York Liberty, but now lives year-round overseas.

Laura Harper (2004-08) -- Umana Reyer Venezia of Italy's Lega A1. Roster page. During the summer, Harper played for the Sacramento Monarchs.

Crystal Langhorne (2004-08) -- Rivas Ecopolis of Spain's LFB. Profile page (translation). During the summer, Langhorne played for the Washington Mystics and was named the 2009 WNBA Most Improved Player.

Kristi Toliver (2005-09) -- Raanana Hertzeliya of Israel's Division 1. Profile Page. Here is a long feature article about Toliver and making big shots, playing professionally, and practicing shooting with a tennis ball with the lights out. During the summer, Toliver played for the Chicago Sky.

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