This offseason, many of the Dallas Wings have taken their talent overseas to play in various basketball leagues throughout the world. From Asia to Europe, you can find several of our players continuing play around the world. Here’s a list of who is representing the Wings and where!
Center Courtney Paris is playing in her seventh season overseas. This is her second season for Hatay Büyükşehir Belediye in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League. The club plays their games at the Antakya Sports Hall in the southern Turkish province of Hatay. Last year, in Paris’ first season, Hatay won the Turkish President Cup and were runners-up in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League. In her first three games for Hatay, Paris averaged 9.3 points per game and averaged 11.3 rebounds.
Forward Jordan Hooper is also spending her Wings offseason in Turkey, playing for the Istanbul University professional team. In her international career, Hooper has also spent time in Lebanon, Australia, and Puerto Rico. This is her second year in Turkey and her first with Istanbul University. Hooper has averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds through her first three games this season.
Center Ruth Hamblin, fresh off of her rookie season with the Wings, headed to the southern hemisphere for her first international experience. Hamblin plays for the Perth Lynx on the western coast of Australia. The Lynx (5-2), compete in the Women’s National Basketball League. Hamblin currently leads the team in rebounds, averaging 8.4 per game.
Guard Tiffany Bias is also making her international debut, playing for Maccabi Raanana in central Israel. Bias’s season started on October 31st, when she scored 16 points and dished out 6 assists in the season opener.
Forward Karima Christmas will spend her offseason with the Guri KDB Life Winnus in Guri, South Korea. Previously, Christmas has played for Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan in Isreal, Shinhan Bank S-Birds in South Korea, and Reyer Venezia Mestre in Italy. In her first two games of the season, Christmas averaged 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Forward Theresa Plaisance plays for Dike Napoli in Italy. Plaisance has previously made stops in Israel with Maccabi Ashdod and Turkey with Botasspor Adana. Plaisance has played in six games this season, averaging 15.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.
Forward Plenette Pierson is making her third international stop, playing for the Cheongju KB Stars in the Women’s Korean Basketball League. The Stars play in Cheongju Gymnasium, located in the capital of the North Chungcheong Province in South Korea. Through three games this year, Pierson averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Guard Odyssey Sims is also returning overseas for a third stop, playing for Botasspor Adana in Turkey. In her first four games since joining the team, Sims averaged 23.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and enjoyed a four-game winning streak.
Forward Glory Johnson is spending the offseason playing for the Xinjiang Tianshan Deers in China. Johnson has been a dominant force for Xinjiang, averaging 24.3 points and 14 rebounds. This is Johnson’s fourth international stop, previously playing for Vologda-Chevakata and 2015 Nadezhda Orenburg in Russia.