Americans Continue Play in Europe, Ready for Tip-Off in Australia
The Australian WNBL, which tips on Dec. 4, has two games scheduled over the weekend and will feature the Adelaide Fire’s Kiana Williams, who won a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games, going up against the Bendigo Sprit, featuring two-time WNBA Most Improved Player Leilani Mitchell on Dec. 4. The second game of the week will feature 2019 FIBA AmeriCup gold medalist Brittney Sykes and the University of Canberra Capitals against the Sydney Uni Flames, coached by Shane Heal, and featuring 2013 USA U16 National Team gold medalist Chelsea Dungee.
EuroCup Playoff Teams Finalized
There were 12 playoff spots remaining in the 48-team EuroCup ahead of this week’s games, and the 32 teams advancing to the playoffs now are set. The playoffs begin Dec. 15 and the second game of the two-game series will be contested Dec. 22. If teams split games, point totals will determine which team from each pairing will advance to the Jan. 13 round of 16.
EuroCup Week 6 American Highlights
- Joyner Holmes had a game-high 30 points and added 11 boards, while Ariel Atkins contributed 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead BC Prometey to a 92-52 win over Elazig Il Ozel Idare.
- Jaime Nared swished in a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to ice WBC Enisey’s eventual 70-68 victory over previously unbeaten Polkowice. Nared finished with a team-best 19 points and dished out six assists, while N’Dea Jones scored 17 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. Stephanie Mavunga scored 17 points in the loss.
- Arica Carter (25 points) and Nadia Fingall (21 points, nine rebounds) powered Movistar Estudiantes to an 85-53 victory over MBK Ruzomberok.
- Beatrice Mompremier had 18 points and six assists and an eye-popping 27 of her team’s 52 rebounds, while Shay Colley added 16 points in a 73-69 Uni Gyor victory over ACS SEPSI-SIC.
- Brianna Turner scored 17 points and had a key blocked shot with 22 seconds remaining in aiding Virtus Segafredo Bologna to a 67-63 win against Roche Vendee.
- Despite a 25-point outburst from Destiny Slocum, Bellona Kayseri dropped an 89-71 game versus Neve David Ramla.
- Tiffany Hayes poured in 36 points and added eight rebounds and six assists, while Kristine Anigwe had a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double in a CBK Mersin Yenisehir BLD 75-68 win over Investinthewest Enea GW.
- Tiera McCowan’s 34 points and 22 rebounds, combined with Danielle Robinson’s eight points and four assists were not enough as their Orman Genclik squad fell to DVTK 82-72.
2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Standings & Week 7 Games
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|UMMC Ekaterinburg||7-0||Sopron Basket||5-2|
|Perfumerias Avenida||5-2||Spar Girona||4-3|
|ZVVZ USK Prague||5-2||Beretta Famila Schio||4-3|
|MBA Moscow||2-5||Basket Landes||3-4|
|Umana Reyer||2-5||Dynamo Kursk||3-4|
|KSC Szekszard||0-7||VBW Arka Gdynia||1-6|
UMMC Ekaterinburg 110, Perfumerias Avenida 102
Behind 27 points and 10 rebounds from Jonquel Jones and 22 points and six assists from Allie Quigley, UMMC Ekaterinburg (7-0) outscored Perfumerias Avenida (5-2) 58-44 in the second half to remain unbeaten in EuroLeague play. Kahleah Copper, who finished with the second-highest scoring output of the EuroLeague season with 34 points, was Avenida’s top scorer. Copper also contributed six rebounds and three assists. Katie Lou Samuelson shot 4-of-9 from 3-point and finished the night with 18 points.
Fenerbahce Safiport 83, Dynamo Kursk 58
Fenerbahce Safiport (4-3) picked up an 83-58 win over Dynamo Kursk (3-4) with the help of 18 points and 10 boards from Satou Sabally, 16 points and 10 rebounds from Kayla McBride and 12 points from Elizabeth Williams. Arike Ogunbowale was Dynamo’s leading scorer with 19 points, while Natasha Howard chipped in seven points and nine rebounds.
TTT Riga 68, KSC Szekszard 65
TTT Riga (3-4) is the only EuroLeague team this week to claim victory on an opponent’s court, earning a narrow 68-65 win over KSC Szekszard (0-7), despite the hometown Hungarian side getting 17 points and five assists from Dana Evans. For the visiting team, which was led to victory by Latvia’s Ieva Pulvere’s 25 points, while Jasmine Thomas contributed 14 points and six assists.
ZVVZ USK Prague 88, Umana Reyer 53
Behind a 27-point, 16-rebound performance from Brionna Jones, ZVVZ USK Prague (5-2) never trailed and turned a 43-31 halftime lead into an 88-53 victory over Umana Reyer (2-5). Alyssa Thomas, who scored five points, added 11 rebounds and eight assists for Prague.
Spar Girona 80, VBW Arka Gdynia 70
Kennedy Burke scored 16 points and Rebekah Gardner added 15 to lead Spar Girona (4-3) to an 80-70 win over VBW Arka Gdynia (1-6), despite Gdynia receiving game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds from Megan Gustafson.
Beretta Famila Schio 76, Galatasaray 73
Trailing 76-70 with less than a minute to play, Kaela Davis hit a 3-pointer to move Galatasaray (4-3) to within three points, but Davis’s next 3-point attempt with 13 seconds on the clock was off the mark, Beretta Famila Schio (4-3) controlled the rebound and the final seconds for the 76-73 win. Neither team held more than a nine-point lead in a game that was close throughout with nine lead changes. Davis finished with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds and three assists, while Riquna Williams chipped in 10 points and three boards. Schio had five players score 10 or 11 points, including 10 points apiece from Charli Collier and Diamond DeShields.
BLMA 86, MBA Moscow 77
BLMA (4-3) earned an 11-point, 86-77 victory over MBA Moscow (2-5) in France. Haley Peters and Sydney Wallace poured in 18 points apiece in the win.
Sopron Basket 76, Basket Landes 54
France’s Gabby Williams scored 14 points and Briann January added 12 points and four assists to help Sopron Basket (5-2) remain on top of Group B with a 76-54 victory over Basket Landes (3-4).