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WCBA update: Han Xu and Chennedy Carter shine in China

With the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association in full swing, here are a few highlights from current and former WNBA players who are participating in the league.

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The New York Liberty’s Han Xu is starring for Sichuan in the WCBA.
Photo by Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve checked in on how WNBA players are doing in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association. Last time, we spotlighted marquee players Cheyenne Parker, Alyssa Thomas, Satou Sabally and Teaira McCowan. Today, we’ll highlight some more notable performances from WNBA players in the WCBA.

Han Xu (Sichuan)

Han Xu didn’t have the WNBA season she had in mind, suffering a foot injury that ended her 2023 campaign early. While her play for Sichuan has been limited, she’s been efficient during her minutes on the court and her team remains near the top of the standings, currently 13-1 and playing the 2-11 Daqing next. As long as Han continues to rack up minutes and compete, the hope is her health, availability and production will translate to minutes with the New York Liberty next season.

Chennedy Carter (Heilongjiang)

There was no WNBA action for Chennedy Carter last season, so the WCBA is a great opportunity for her to showcase her skill set. Carter has done just that, setting a record this year by putting on an offensive onslaught with 51 points versus Shandong in a 99-91 loss.

Carter’s ability to put the ball in the hoop has never been in question. With performances like these, there is a good chance we’ll see her back in professional action in the States sooner rather than later.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Guandong)

Olivia Nelson-Ododa has been stellar for Guangdong. She recently flirted with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds against Inner Mongolia. In a 92-61 blowout win versus Shaanxi, she recorded 32 points and 11 rebounds.

It’s hard to predict if performances overseas are a precursor to increased WNBA success, but fans of the Connecticut Sun must be pleased with these kinds of games from ONO. Playing good basketball is always a good thing!

Tina Charles (Hebei)

Tina Charles is good at basketball. She was dominant in the WNBA, averaging 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds across 12 seasons in the league. She has been equally dominant with Hebei, producing a 36-point and 13-rebound game versus Beijing.

Unfortunately, her showing has not resulted in many victories, as Hebei find themselves near the bottom of the standings at 14th out of 19 possible positions. Even with a star in Charles, it takes more than that to win games in the WCBA.

Key takeaways

Different players play overseas for different reasons. Whether you want more reps like ONO, need to test your body like Han, or want to re-certify your place in the sport like Carter, the WCBA is quickly becoming a place where women can play the sport at a high level, benefitting both themselves and the league.

There are still plenty of other players from the W to check with next time, in addition to revisiting players we’ve already highlighted. Stay tuned for our next WCBA update in the coming weeks.