The most musical of pro basketball teams? It could well be Challes-les-Eaux of the Ligue Féminine Basket. Television network France 3 recently picked up on an interesting factoid regarding star Mistie Bass-Williams: She is in fact the daughter of Chubby Checker, né Ernest Evans, he of “The Twist” fame in the early 1960s.
Meanwhile, reports 3, Jennifer Fleischer is a none-too-shabby flautist herself. Check out the piece on these “basketeuses et musiciennes” in a story they just had to call “Challes-es-Eaux dans le bon tempo!”
On the court, Bass-Williams turned in a monster season for Challes in 2010-11, contributing 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game – good enough numbers to win her the Foreign MVP. The former Duke Blue Devil is under contract with the Chicago Sky in the WNBA.
Fleischer played fewer than 15 minutes per game with Challes this season, contributing 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per; given a chance to go 35 minutes in the final game, Fleischer grabbed an insane 20 rebounds against COB Calais.
Challes went 18-8 in the LFB regular season and is currently 12 points down in the semifinal round to Tarbes despite Mistie’s contribution: 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting plus eight boards. Game two of the series will be played today at 3.30pm CET (9.30am EST); you can watch live online via the official website.
Shout out to Christophe of European Prospects for the tip!