Basketball

Star guard Oga joins WJBL's Toyota Antelopes

Staff Report

Yuko Oga is returning to the WBJL to play for the Toyota Antelopes, according to published reports this week.

The 32-year-old veteran guard, a Yamagata native, helped lead the Japan national team to the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women title, its first continental title in 43 years.

In 2014, Oga was a key performer for Shanxi Xing Rui Flam as the team captured its second straight Women’s Chinese Basketball Association crown.

A longtime member of the WJBL’s JX (previously called JOMO) Sunflowers, the 170-cm Oga was named five times to the league’s Best Five team. She also played for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury in 2008 and represented Japan at the 2004 Athens Olympics.