International Roundup: Leagues Back in Action, Few Postponments Remain
After several postponements at the start of the year, seasons in all three major international leagues with USA Basketball athletes on the roster have begun to ramp back up and this week saw a number of impressive performances and close games.
EuroCup Round of 16 – Game 2
Only four of the eight round of 16 games were contested this week. The EuroCup announced that both of the round of 16 games between Flammes and CBK Mersin Yenisehir Bld would not take place as scheduled, and the games have not yet been rescheduled. Both of the AZS UMCS Lublin versus Villeneuve d’Asqu LM contests also were postponed, with the rescheduled series set to be played in France from Jan. 25-26. Additionally, the LDLC ASVEL Feminin contest against Nika Kyktyvkar was postponed and BC Prometey, featuring Ariel Atkins and Joyner Holmes, have a one-point edge in the two-game series, the second of which has been postponed until Jan. 27.
Olympiacos SFP 87, Nesibe Aydin 68
The two teams split the pair of games, but the 87-68 Olympiacos SFP victory over Nesibe Aydin this week gives Olympiakos a +15 point advantage and a berth to the quarterfinals. Aydin’s Jessica Thomas scored 17 points and dished out seven assists and Alaina Coates added nine points and 15 boards in their final EuroCup game of the season.
Valencia BC 86, Orman Genclik 73
Valencia BC rebounded by a two-point loss last week to hand Orman Genclik, which received 20 points and 15 rebounds from Teaira McCowan and nine points from Danielle Robinson, an 86-73 defeat and advance to the quarterfinals.
BC Polkowice 87, BC Nadezhda 68
BC Polkowice easily took the second game of the series and will continued its playoff run in the quarterfinals after earning an 87-68 victory over Nadezhda. Stepanie Mavunga contributed five points and eight rebounds in the win.
Tango Bourges 94, Zabiny Brno 55
Kristen Mann contributed 11 points to an overall team effort in a Tango Bourges 94-55 victory over Zabiny Brno. The French club, with two commanding wins, advances to the quarterfinals. Bria Holmes, one of just six players to step on the court for Brno, scored a team-best 16 points in the loss.
2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Standings & Week 12 Games
With up to three games to play in the regular season due to postponements, three teams from Group A have officially advanced into the quarterfinals, UMMC Ekaterinburg, ZVVZ USK Prague and Perfumerias Avenida.
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|ZVVZ USK Prague||8-4||Spar Girona||6-5|
|Perfumerias Avenida||9-2||Sopron Basket||7-4|
|BLMA||6-5||Beretta Famila Schio||6-4|
|TTT Riga||5-7||Dynamo Kursk||6-5|
|MBA Moscow||3-8||Basket Landes||3-7|
|KSC Szekszard||0-11||VBW Arka Gdynia||2-9|
Perfumerias Avenida 110, Umana Reyer 69
Kahleah Copper scored 29 points to lead Perfumerias Avenida to a 110-69 win over Umana Reyer. Avenida also was aided by 23 points and six rebounds from Katie Lou Samuelson, 17 points from Karlie Samuelson and eight points from Bella Alarie.
Basket Landes 87, VBW Arka Gdynia
Basket Landes had four players score in double figures, including a high of 22 points from Marine Fathoux, in an 87-74 win over VBW Arka Gdynia in Poland. Megan Gustafson scored 18 points and dished out eight assists for the host team in the loss.
Galatasaray 80, Spar Girona 68
Kaela Davis scored 14 points to help pace Galatasaray to an 80-68 victory at home in Turkey, despite Girona receiving 22 points from Kennedy Burke and 10 points and nine rebounds from Rebekah Gardner.
Perfumerias Avenida 85, ZVVZ USK Prague 75
Perfumerias Avenida prevailed in its second match in a week, earning an 85-74 win over ZVVZ USK Prague in Spain. Copper again was the leading scorer for Avenida and contributed 24 points and eight rebounds, while Katie Lou Samuelson added 16 points and four boards.
Sopron Basket 77, Dynamo Kursk 73
Sopron Basket traveled to Russia and pulled out a 77-73 victory over Dynamo Kursk behind 20 points from Gabby Williams and 11 points form Briann January. Natasha Howard turned in a powerful 26-point, 17-rebound for Kursk and Arike Ogunbowale was held to five points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field, and five assists in the loss.
BLMA 80, TTT Riga 45
Jasmine Thomas, who scored 13 points, was the only player on TTT Riga to score in double digits as the host fell to BLMA 80-45. The visitors were paced to victory by Haley Peters, who scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Australia WNBL Back on Track
After a number of games were postponed due to COVID protocols over the first two weeks of the year, the Australia WNBL schedule resumed with five games played over the past week.
Perth Lynx 88, UC Capitals 69
Marina Mabrey shot 10-of-19 from the floor and finished with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jackie Young contributed 11 points and three assists in a Perth Lynx 88-69 win over the UC Capitals. The only two double-digit scorers for the Capitals were Kelsey Griffin, who had 14 points, and Brittney Sykes, who scored 12 to go with eight boards and five assists.
Melbourne Boomers 75, Southside Flyers 72
Tiffany Mitchell tied for a game-high 17 points and added six caroms and eight dimes, while Lindsay Allen contributed 13 points to lift the Melbourne Boomers over Southside Flyers 75-72.
Melbourne Boomers 80, Perth Lynx 77
In another close battle, the Boomers were aided to an 80-77 win over the Lynx by a 22-point performance from Mitchell, while Allen chipped in six points, eight rebounds and four assists. Maybrey scored 10 points and Young had nine points in the loss.
Perth Lynx 102, UC Capitals 73
Playing a third game in a span of six days, the Lynx prevailed 102-73 over the Capitals with the help of 10 points and eight assists from Young and nine points and four assists from Mabrey. Griffin posted 17 points and Sykes had 14 points for the Caps in its second loss in a week to the Lynx.
Adelaide Lightning 77, Sydney Uni Flames 52
Kylee Shook scored 10 points and Kiana Williams added nine to help the Adelaide Lightning to a 77-52 win over the Sydney Uni Flames.