If you've ever wanted to see WNBA free agency recruiting live on YouTube, I've got some news for you.
This year, more publicly than ever, the entire New York Liberty recruiting brass, including co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, general manager Jonathan Kolb, assistant general manager Ohemaa Nyanin and head coach Sandy Brondello were in attendance for Fenerbahce's win over Bologna on Wednesday to meet with the most highly anticipated signing of the year, Breanna Stewart.
Fener came away with a 22-point win as Stewart contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the Liberty contingent and their fans still have their eyes on an even bigger win: her signing.
Stewart is just one of many big names on the market who are also competing in the back half of the EuroLeague season, and Tuesday's slate of games, taking place just 24 hours before free agents can officially sign, will be a big event for last-minute pitches and super-charged competition.
Here's who you can watch and what you can expect in the day's two biggest games!
Who plays for Mersin: Chelsea Gray, DeWanna Bonner, Tiffany Hayes (unrestricted WNBA free agent), Elizabeth Williams
Who plays for Schio: Rhyne Howard, Marina Mabrey (restricted free agent), Amanda Zahui B, Astou Ndour (unrestricted free agent)
When: 11 a.m. ET on YouTube
Where: Mersin, Turkey
The context: Schio got the best of Mersin the first time they played on Dec. 8 in a four-point win, but Mersin looks a whole lot different now than it did before. 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones is no longer with the team, but 2022 W Finals MVP Chelsea Gray is, and she's locked in.
Mersin is out for revenge: Gray joined the See You In The Lobby women's basketball show co-hosted by W All-Star Marissa Coleman and writer Matt Ellentuck to let them know she's had this game circled on her calendar.
Player to watch: Rhyne Howard. The 2022 W Rookie of the Year has had an up-and-down season with Schio, but when she's on, she's cooking. She drained five 3-pointers apiece in 26-point and 24-point outings this season, and Schio typically finds itself winning when she's on point.
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Who plays for Fener: Breanna Stewart (unrestricted free agent), Emma Meesseman (unrestricted free agent), Kayla McBride, Satou Sabally,
Who plays for Praha: Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones (core designation)
When: 1 p.m. ET on YouTube
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
The context: Breanna Stewart and Satou Sabally joined the season late and have only played four games (4-0) this season so far. Still, Fener looks like the team to beat now. But you can never count out a team with Alyssa Thomas, who, as you probably predicted, ranks in the top-3 in points, rebounds and assists in EuroLeague.
The Connecticut Sun stars will have to be at their best: Praha fell short in a 10-point loss on Dec. 7, but that was before the Stewie and Sabally additions (though Natasha Howard has since left Fenerbahce). AT and Jones combined for 44 points but it wasn't enough. They'll have to kick into a whole other gear to pull this one off.
Player to watch: Alina Iagupova. If you haven't hear her name before, it's because she's never played in the WNBA, but Iagupova is undeniably the best non-W basketball player in women's hoops. The 30-year-old two-time EuroLeague MVP wing is a slasher and shooter averaging 14.9 points per game.
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