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Erlana “Jinsee Lai” Larkins transitions from China

Erlana “Jinsee Lai” Larkins transitions from China

In my 11+ years of covering the WNBA and the Indiana Fever, one of the most challenging aspects of the job is tracking our players through various leagues overseas.

In recent years, EuroBasket.com has made things infinitely simpler by including all players and all leagues in all countries – in English. Mostly gone are the days when I would spend literally hours upon hours trying to decipher statistical catetories and text in various languages – mostly Turkish, Russian or Chinese; and often French, Spanish or Italian.

Today, however, I was re-introduced to one of those former challenges. It bears sharing, given that Fever star Erlana Larkins was leading the Chinese league in rebounds through games of January 7. She has left the league, however, and plans to emerge shortly on a team in Italy.

Larkins, listed on the Jiangsu roster as Jinsee Lai, was leading the league with 11.7 rebounds. She had played in 15 games, also averaging 11.3 points per game.

Other WNBA players such as Maya Moore, Liz Cambage, Nneka Ogwumike, Brittney Griner and Sylvia Fowles all are recognized on the site by their real names. Larkins, for whatever reason, was recognized by what we believe to be a Chinese translation.

Larkins’ career in China is now passed. She accounted for 12 games with double-figure rebounds and posted eight double-doubles including a 20-point, 10-rebound effort against Shenyang. Her rebounding high was a game with 22 boards against Beijing and WNBA star Liz Cambage.

Stay tuned for more from Erlana when she lands again in Europe.

KM

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Kevin Messenger has been the Fever's media relations director since 2003. The son of a high school teacher and coach in Colorado, he has traveled the country with college and pro sports teams since graduating from University of the Pacific in 1987. Somehow, he sidestepped his own teaching and coaching career by venturing into the world of sports media relations. From UNLV to Indiana State, back to Pacific, and to the University of Maryland, he has worked with virtually every sport known to mankind, and lived on both coasts and in-between. Recently married, the Fever PR guy is also on Twitter -- @kmess65.

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