WNBA – the Holy Land’s Players of Interest – Weekly Wrap-Up July 5, 2023

Jul 5, 2023 | Holyland Hoops

Here is the Sports Rabbi’s weekly update from the Holy Land’s persons of interest currently playing in the WNBA (in alphabetical order) – whether they’re signed on to play in the Israeli Women’s Premier Basketball League (the Athena Winner League) next season or whether they’re otherwise intrinsically connected to the Holy Land, we are here to let you know how they’re traveling in the W!

Player: Kalani Brown
College: Baylor University
Draft: 2019, Round 1, Pick 7
Current WNBA Team: Dallas Wings (8-8, 2nd in Western Conference, 5th overall)
2023-24 Israeli Team: Maccabi Bnot Ashdod
Summary: Brown was released from the Wings on Wednesday, only to be signed to a hardship contract by the team for the remainder of the season the following day. Over the last two games, the Wings have gone 2-0 (a 77-62 away win over the Phoenix Mercury and an 89-72 home win over the Washington Mystics), with Brown averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Player: Leigha Brown
College: University of Michigan
Draft: 2023, Round 2, Pick 15
Current WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun (12-5,2nd in Eastern Conference, 3rd overall)
2023-24 Israeli Team: ASA Jerusalem
Summary: Brown was drafted by the Atlanta Dream and then a month later traded to the Sun. Over the last two games, the Sun have gone 0-2 (81-89 at home to the New York Liberty and 84-102 at the Las Vegas Aces), with Brown only featuring in the latter game with 5 points and 2 rebounds in 7 minutes.

Player: Alysha Clark
College: Middle Tennessee State University
Draft: 2010, Round 2, Pick 17
Current WNBA Team: Las Vegas Aces (15-1, 1st in Western Conference, 1st overall)
2023-24 Israeli Team: — (2022-23 with Elitzur Ramla)
Summary: The former Team Israel player was signed as a free agent by the Aces in the offseason, Clark and the star-studded Aces are flying (9-1 over the last 10 games), including going 2-0 in the last week (98-81 over the New York Liberty at home and 102-84 over the Connecticut Sun away). Clark has featured heavily off the bench, averaging 9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist in a little over 21 minutes.

Player: Abby Meyers
College: University of Maryland
Draft: 2023, Round 1, Pick 11
Current WNBA Team: Washington Mystics (9-7, 3rd in Eastern Conference, 4th overall)
2023-24 Israeli Team: —
Summary: The Jewish college star was selected by the Dallas Wings in the first round of the 2023 draft, only to be waived by the team prior to the beginning of the season. She then headed close to College Park on a hardship contract with the Mystics. The Mystics have gone 1-2 over the last three games (109-86 over the Atlanta Dream at home, an 89-94 loss to the Dream away and a 72-89 loss to the Dallas Wings away), with Meyers averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5 minutes.

Player: Jennie Simms
College: Old Dominion University
Draft: 2017, Round 2, Pick 18
Current WNBA Team: Mercury Phoenix (3-12, 6th in Western Conference, 12th overall)
2023-24 Israeli Team: Elitzur Ramla
Summary: After missing out on playing Israel’s last game at the recent Women’s EuroBasket in Tel Aviv, Simms was signed less than a week later by the Mercury, after she was previously released by the team prior to the regular season and the EuroBasket. Over the last three games, the Mercury have gone 1-2 (a 62-77 loss at home to the Dallas Wings, an 85-63 win over the Indiana Fever at home and a 76-86 loss to the Minnesota Lynx at home), with Simms averaging 2.3 points, 3 rebounds and 0.6 assists in a little over 14 minutes.

Current Standings
1. Las Vegas Aces (15-1)
2. New York Liberty (11-4)
3. Connecticut Sun (12-5)
4. Washington Mystics (9-7)
5. Dallas Wings (8-8)
6. Chicago Sky (8-9)
7. Atlanta Dream (7-8)
8. Minnesota Lynx (7-9)
9. Los Angeles Sparks (7-10)
10. Indiana Fever (5-11)
11. Seattle Storm (4-12)
12. Phoenix Mercury (3-12)

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