Clarendon and USK Praha continue streaking
Jan. 24 Update: Since yesterday’s writing, I have learned that Layshia Clarendon has returned to the U.S. to rehab her back. She will workout at the University of California, her alma mater, until WNBA training camp begins.
Originally published Jan. 23: So long as Czech Republic’s USK Praha team doesn’t meet Spartak Moscow Region again, Layshia Clarendon and her Czech teammates may never lose.
To date, USK Praha is a combined 29-2 between its domestic league in the Czech Republic (23-0) and Group C action in EuroLeague competition (6-2). Both losses have come at the hands of Spartak MR, most recently a 67-66 setback at home just this week.
Clarendon, in her first professional season overseas, is averaging 18.4 minutes per game during 12 games of an unbeaten run through the Czech domestic circuit. She averages 11.3 minutes through six EuroLeague contests.
Her best game statistically was a 14-point, 7-rebound effort as part of an 82-46 win over DSK Karlin, in which she played 22 minutes. Her best outing in Euro competition was against Fever teammate Shavonte Zellous when she scored eight points with three rebounds as USK Praha downed Turkish power Galatasaray 67-63. A Group C rematch is February 5.
Clarendon is one of two Americans on the USK Praha club, joining Kia Vaughn (Rutgers & Washington Mystics). A runaway leader in the Czech domestic league, USK Praha is currently tied with Galatasaray atop Group C in Euro play. With four games remaining in EuroLeague group competition, USK Praha is almost certain to advance to Final 14 competition which begins in March.