Americans Return to Action in Europe, Head to Australia for WNBL Tip-Off
While it’s a holiday week in the United States, basketball never stops. Many American athletes returned to their European teams and picked up right where they left off in early November before the international women’s basketball window break – by helping their teams to victories with impressive games.
Additionally, the Australian professional league is set to tip-off next week with eight athletes who have played for USA Basketball in the past listing on team rosters, and USAB.com will follow their exploits down under.
- Adelaide Fire: Kiana Williams (2019 Pan American Games silver medalist)
- Melbourne Boomers: Lindsey Allen (2012 FIBA U17 gold medalist) and Tiffany Mitchell (member of the 2017-21 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist, 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medalist)
- Perth Lynx: Marina Mabrey (2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medalist) and Jackie Young (2020 Olympic 3x3 gold medalist).
- Townsville Fire: Monique Billings (2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament champion) and Sug Sutton (2017 FIBA U19 World Cup silver medalist, 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals participant).
- University of Canberra Capitals: Brittney Sykes (2019 FIBA AmeriCup gold medalist).
UMMC Ekaterinburg Still Lone Unbeaten Team in EuroLeague, Seven Unbeatens Remain in EuroCup
UMMC Ekaterinburg (6-0) kept its winning streak alive and, along with Perfumerias Avenida (5-1), which has one loss, look to be in solid position for a playoff spot. While there is separation within Group A, the standings are fairly wide open in Group B, with Galatasaray and Sopron Basket on top with 4-2 records, and the next five teams holding identical 3-3 marks.
In the EuroCup, which features 12 groups of four teams each, seven teams own perfect 5-0 slates, including BC Polkowice, CBK Mersin, BC Nadezhda, Tango Bourges, Roche Vendee, Valencia and Tarbes GB, all of which secured playoff berths ahead of the break.
Thirteen More Teams Punch Ticket to EuroCup Playoffs
In addition to the seven teams above, an additional 13 teams are playoff-bound after this week’s games, with 12 slots still up for grabs after this year’s penultimate regular season week of games. Included are BC Prometey (Ariel Atkins, Joyner Holmes), ACS Sepsi-SIC, Nesbe Aydin (Alaina Coates), Olympiacos SFP, NKA Universitas PEAC, Orman Genclik (Teaira McCowan, Danielle Robinson), DVTK, LDLC ASVEL Feminin (Cierra Burdick), Castors Braine, ESBVA-LM (Jolene Anderson), Zabiny Brno, Movistar Estudiantes (Arica Carter, Nadia Fingall) and MBK Ruzomberok.
EuroCup Week 6 American Highlights
- Ariel Atkins (13 points, five rebounds) and Joyner Holmes (19 points, seven rebounds) helped BC Prometey to a 58-38 win over Uni Gyor, which received 10 points and nine boards from Beatrice Mompremier.
- Jaime Nared finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists; and N’Dea Jones contributed 16 points, six rebounds and four assists to help WBC Enisey earn a 96-71 victory over Panathinaikos AC.
- Destiny Slocum scored 16 points for Bellona Kayseri in a 80-74 loss to NKA Universitas PEAC.
- Alaina Coates had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Nesibe Aydin hand Neve David Ramla an 86-60 loss.
- Megan Walker’s 29 points powered Tenerife to an 88-56 victory over Banco Sardegna Sassari.
- A double-double of 14 points and 12 boards from Nadia Fingall aided Movistar Estudiantes to a 93-52 win over Liege Panthers, which received 15 points from Brittany Brewer.
- Kristine Anigwe (20 points) and Tiffany Hayes (12 points) powered CBK Mersin Yenishir BLD to a 72-60 win over AZS UMCS Lublin.
- Despite 22 points from Aaryn Ellenberg-Wiley and 11 from Kalani Brown, Hatayspor was dealt a 94-72 loss from BC Polkowice, which received 15 points and 12 rebounds from Stephanie Mavunga.
- Jolene Anderson scored 16 points to lead Villeneuve to a 71-45 victory over Brno.
- Nia Coffey had 16 points in a Flammes 80-60 win against Virtus Segafredo Bologna, which saw Brianna Turner score 12 points, haul in six boards and dish out three assists.
- Tiera McCowan powered Orman Genclik to an 86-66 win with a 30-point, 15-rebound performance, while Danielle Robinson scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in the win.
2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Standings & Week 6 Games
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|UMMC Ekaterinburg||6-0||Sopron Basket||4-2|
|ZVVZ USK Prague||4-2||Basket Landes||3-3|
|TTT Riga||2-4||Beretta Famila Schio||3-3|
|MBA Moscow||2-4||Fenerbahce Safiport||3-3|
|Umana Reyer||2-4||Spar Girona||3-3|
|KSC Szekszard||0-6||VBW Arka Gdynia||1-5|
Beretta Famila Schio 93, Dynamo Kursk 74
Charlie Collier tallied 12 points and eight caroms as Beretta Famila Schio (3-3) handed Dynamo Kursk (3-3) a 93-74 defeat in Russia. While Arike Ogunbowale poured in 23 points for the Russian squad, Natasha Howard, who has shot between 44% and 73% from the field in her first five EuroLeague games this season, had an off night, making just 4-of-14 (28.6%) of her field goal attempts and finished with nine points to go with nine rebounds.
UMMC Ekaterinburg 84, MBA Moscow 63
In the battle between Russian clubs, UMMC Ekaterinburg (6-0) continued its winning ways with an 84-63 victory over MBA Moscow (2-4). To be fair, however, the Moscow side lists no imports on its team, while Ekat’s roster is a who’s who of women’s basketball and includes Olympic and World Cup gold medalists Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart, who is injured and hasn’t reported to the club this season, recently-crowned WNBA champs Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones, and Maria Vadeeva of the Los Angeles Sparks, among others. Ekat saw several stars not play in the contest, which was led by Vadeeva’s 19 points and 11 rebounds and Jones’s 17 points and 14 boards.
ZVVZ USK Prague 103, TTT Riga 52
Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas helped ZVVZ USK Prague (4-2) blow past TTT Riga (2-4) 102-53. Jones closed out with 22 points and Alyssa Thomas had 20 points to go with nine rebounds, while Jasmine Thomas scored 12 points for Riga.
Fenerbahce 87, VBW Arka Gdynia 70
Fenerbahce (3-3), which had a 22-13 outburst in the fourth quarter, received 22 points from Kayla McBride and Elizabeth Williams added a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in an 87-70 victory over VBW Arka Gdynia (1-5) in Poland. Megan Gustafson tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds in Gdynia’s loss.
Galatasaray 67, Sopron Basket 61
Galatasaray (4-2) held off a fourth-quarter 21-11 surge from Sopron Basket (4-2) for a fourth-straight victory, 67-61, while handing the Hungarian side its second loss of the season. Gala received double-digit scoring efforts from three players, including 15 points to go with five rebounds and seven assists from Riquna Williams, while Kayla Williams (16 points) and Briann January (10 points) capped the game as two of Sopron’s three double-digit scorers. The teams are now tied atop Group B, with Gala owning the tie-breaking win, and will meet again on Jan. 27 in Sopron.
Umana Reyer 79, BLMA 59
Serbia’s Yvonne Anderson scored a game-high 24 points and Kayla Thornton chipped in 11 points to help lift Umana Reyer (2-4) to a 79-59 win over BLMA (3-3). Umana Reyer, playing on its home court in Italy, came roaring out of the gate to lead 30-17 after the first quarter. BLMA cut it to two points at halftime, but Umana Reyer held the lead through the third quarter and secured the win with a powerful 23-9 statement in the final stanza. The victory keeps Umana’s playoff hopes alive and halted a four-game losing streak.
Spar Girona 80, Basket Landes 71
Ahead 67-51 after three quarters, Spar Girona (3-3) held off Basket Landes (3-3) in the final stanza for an 80-71 victory in France behind a game-high 28 points from Kennedy Burke.
Perfumerias Avenida 96, KSC Szekszard 54
Kahleah Copper scored 25 points and Katie Lou Samuelson, playing under a Great Britain passport, scored 13 as Perfermuerias Avenida (5-1) overpowered winless KSC Szekszard (0-6) 96-54. Dana Evans, in her first EuroLeague game this season, scored five points to go with three assists and three steals for the Hungarian team and Bella Alarie chipped in four points for Avenida.