USA Stars Continue to Shine Overseas
Australia WNBL Week 3
In the three games played last week, the top U.S. performers were Lindsay Allen, Monique Billings and Tiffany Mitchell. Billings had 15 points and 13 boards in helping the Townsville Fire to a 70-59 victory over Adelaide Lightning. Mitchell’s 12 points were not enough to lift the Melbourne Boomers, which were edged 63-58 by the Bendigo Spirit in its first game of the week, with Allen contributing just four points. However, she and Lindsay Allen scored 22 points apiece to help give the Boomers a 91-72 win over the Southside Flyers on Dec. 11. Mitchell also had nine boards and five assists against the Flyers.
EuroCup Playoff Round 1 Complete
TheEuroCup Playoffs tipped-off this week and the 16 teams which will advance to the next round will be decided after the two-game series is concluded Dec. 22. Out of the 16 brackets, five games were decided by 10 points or less, including one tie. In an interesting twist in EuroCup’s two-game, home and away series, overtimes are not played in Game 1, making next week’s game in Russia between MBK Ruzomberok and BC Nadezhda, which finished knotted at 86-apiece, a must-win for each team.
BC Prometey 96, BCF Elfic Fribourg 82
Joyner Holmes scored 22 points and Ariel Atkins added 21 points to lead their team to the 14-point victory.
Nika Syktyvkar 103, Roche Vendee 74
Azura Stevens poured in 28 points and hauled in 14 rebounds, while Tyasha Harris added 20 points and five assists to lead Syktyvkar to an almost insurmountable victory, despite Roche Vendee getting 21 points from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
LDLC Asvel Feminin 110, Hatayspor 63
With five players in double figures for scoring, including 20 points from France’s Marine Johannes, LDLC had an easy road to victory. Cierra Burdick chipped in eight points and eight rebounds in the win. Aaryn Ellenberg-Wiley posted nine points, four rebounds and five assists for Hatayspor.
Castors Braine 86, Neve David Ramla 75
Despite 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Courtney Williams, Ramla fell to Castors Braine. However, a nine-point deficit isn’t too much to overcome next week for the Israeli club.
Orman Genclik 80, ACS Sepsi-SIC 52
Teaira McCowan’s 27-point, 18-rebound double-double and Danielle Robinson’s 18 points helped power Orman Genclik to its 28-point win on the road.
Zabiny Brno 61, DVTK 57
Brno takes its four-point win, aided by 15 points from Bria Holmes, back to the Czech Republic and will have home court advantage in the pivotal second game.
AZS UMCS Lublin 72, Tarbes GB 55
Playing at home, Natasha Mack finished with 26 points and 19 rebounds to help Lublin to its 17-point win.
Nesibe Aydin 71, NKA Universitas PEAC 68
Alaina Coates had 21 points and 11 boards and Jessica Thomas added 14 points to lead their club to a three-point win. Ty Marshall (19 points) and Chelsea Nelson (13 points) and PEAC will now attempt at at least a four-point victory next week.
Movistar Estudiantes 78, Flammes 75
Nadia Fingall scored 16 points and Arica Carter added 10 in Movistar’s three-point win on the road. Nia Coffey chipped in eight in her team’s loss.
Olympiacos 85, WBC Enisey 70
Canada’s Michelle Plouffe led Olympiacos to victory with 27 points. N’Dea Jones scored six points and Jaime Nared chipped in four in the losing effort.
London Lions 65, Tango Bourges 64
GB’s Johannah Leedham led the Lions with 16 points, while France’s Isabelle Yacoubou had a team-high 17 points and Kristen Mann added 12 in the road loss.
Lointek Gernika 83, CBK Mersin 59
Angela Bjorklund contributed 18 points in her team’s 24-point victory over Mersin, which received 12 points from Jasmine Thomas, eight points and eight rebounds from Tiffany Hayes and four points from Kristine Anigwe.
Kangoeroes Basket 83, BC Polkowice 70
Despite a 16-point, 16-rebound performance from Stephanie Mavunga, BC Polkowice fell to the Kangoeroes, which received 30 points and 15 boards from Chilean Ziomara Morrison.
Villeneuve d’Ascq LM 93, Tenerife 56
A well-rounded effort, which included 13 points from Jolene Anderson as four Villeneuve players scored in double figures, helped the visitors defeat Tenerife and Megan Walker (18 points).
Valencia BC 80, KKZ Crvena Zvezda 63
Valencia, winners of this year’s SuperCup, continued its winning ways behind leading scorer Angela Salvadores (16 points) of Spain, while Serbia’s Masa Jankovic (16 points) was her team’s top scorer.
2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Standings & Week 9 Games
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|UMMC Ekaterinburg||9-0||Spar Girona||6-3|
|ZVVZ USK Prague||7-2||Sopron Basket||6-3|
|BLMA||5-4||Beretta Famila Schio||5-4|
|TTT Riga||3-6||Dynamo Kursk||5-4|
|MBA Moscow||2-7||Basket Landes||3-6|
|KSC Szekszard||0-9||VBW Arka Gdynia||1-8|
UMMC Ekaterinburg 74, Umana Reyer 67
Ekat (9-0), which held a slim 38-35 halftime lead, continued its winning ways with its 74-67 win over Umana Reyer (3-6). Ekat was aided by 10 points and seven rebounds by Brittner Griner, who played just 12 minutes after picking up four fouls. Ekat’s leading scorer was Belgium’s Emma Meesseman with 16 points and Russia’s Maria Vadeeva added 14 points. Serbian Yvonne Anderson, who played at the University of Texas, led Reyer with 20 points.
Perfumerias Avenida 71, TTT Riga 51
A well-rounded effort by Perfumerias Avenida (7-2), led by 13 points from Katie Lou Samuelson, paced the Spanish side past TTT Riga (3-6) 71-51. Kahleah Copper added nine points and six rebounds in the win. Jasmine Thomas was the game and Riga’s top scorer and finished with 14 points and nine caroms.
Dynamo Kursk 80, Galatasaray 70
Natasha Howard scored 25 points and pulled down 11 caroms and Arike Ogunbowale had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Dynamo Kursk (5-4), which traveled to Turkey for an 80-70 victory over Galatasaray (4-5) to continue to improve its playoff chances. Riquna Williams scored 25 points as Gala’s leading scorer, while Kaela Davis chipped in seven points and four boards.
ZVVZ USK Prague 92, MBA Moscow 61
Receiving 25 points and nine rebounds from Brionna Jones, ZVVZ USK Prague (7-2), playing at home in the Czech Republic, had an easy 92-61 victory over MBA Moscow (2-7), while Alyssa Thomas added 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists for Prague.
BLMA 82, KSC Szekszard 57
Playing on its home court, BLMA (5-4) downed winless KSC Szekszard (0-9) 82-57 with the help of 23 points from Sydney Wallace and 17 points from Haley Peters.
Fenerbahce 93, Basket Landes 76
After opening the season with a 2-3 record, Fenerbahce (6-3) has now won four-straight with its 93-76 road win over Basket Landes (3-6). Utilizing just seven players, Fener was paced to victory with 23 points and 11 rebounds from Elizabeth Williams and Kayla McBride added 15 points, six boards and five assists.
Spar Girona 65, Beretta Famila Schio 55
Building on its seven-point halftime lead, Spar Girona (6-3) held off Beretta Famila Schio (5-4) for a 65-55 victory at home. Kennedy Burke and Rebekah Gardner scored 18 points apiece to lead Girona. Diamond DeShields pitched in five points, four rebounds and three assists for Schio.
Sopron Basket 67, VBW Arka Gdynia 40
Bernadett Hatar (20 points) and Gabby Williams (16 points) combined for 36 points to lead Sopron (6-3) to a 67-40 drubbing of Arka Gdynia (1-8), which received nearly half its points, 16, from Megan Gustafson.