Former Sooners Win Championships Overseas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – Former Sooner guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Gabbi Ortiz helped her their respective teams to league titles over the past week to complete their professional seasons in Europe.

Ellenberg guided MBK Ruzomberok to the Slovakian league title by winning the best-of-three series last week. The Las Vegas native scored 16 points in the deciding game-three win, while adding six rebounds and four assists.

With MBK Ruzomberok, Ellenberg helped her squad to 10 straight wins to close out the season. She averaged 15.0 points per game and 3.6 assists per contest, while hitting a team-high 49 3-pointers in her second season with the Slovakian club. 

In her first season professionally, Ortiz played key role in CBD Clarino’s league championship. Ortiz averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest as a rookie. Ortiz scored 16 points in CBD Clarino’s 63-41 win over Almeria on Sunday. She nailed a team-high 63 treys and shot .394 from 3-point range this season.

With the victory, Ortiz and CBD Clarinos will be promoted to the top league in Spanish basketball for the 2019-20 season. Ortiz plans to play this summer for the Wisconsin GLO in the Global Women's Basketball Association. 

Other notes from OU’s professional players that are playing overseas or getting ready for the upcoming WNBA season:

  • Kaylon Williams is averaging 13.2 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game during her third professional season. Williams currently played for PAOK in Greece’s A1 League. Williams and PAOK currently sit in second place in the Greek A1 league standings.

  • In her first season with A.S. Ramat Hasharon in the Israeli league, Amanda Thompson averaged 7.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 13 contests.

  • Maddie Manning averaged 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game contest in her first professional season with Esperance Sport Pulley in Switzerland. She earned league Player of the Week honors for her 40-point, 11-rebound double-double in December. 

  • In her second season with the Minnesota Lynx, Danielle Robinson looks to gain more playing time at the point guard position for the Lynx. Robinson was a key player off the bench for Minnesota before suffering a season-ending injury late last season.

  • Courtney Paris returns for her second year with the Seattle Storm. In Paris' first season, the Storm won the 2018 WNBA championship.