Sparta&K Heartache, TSV Wasserburg Joy

01.04.2014

EUROPEAN ROUND UP

7. Lindsay Whalen (Dynamo Moscow)
Lindsay Whalen was one of the main protagonists in pushing Dynamo Moscow past Sparta&K

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje may miss out on EuroLeague Women action next year after suffering a quarter-final exit in the Russian play-offs, whilst TSV 1880 Wasserburg are celebrating German Cup success.

 

DESPAIR FOR SPARTA&K

Synonymous with EuroLeague Women success, the participation of former four-time winners, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje in next year's competition has been thrown into doubt.

Alexander Vasin and his players were unable to fend off EuroCup Women champions, Dynamo Moscow, who eliminated their near-neighbours 2-0 in the Russian Premier League quarter-finals.

Having lost their opening game, Sparta&K were sunk 81-75 on the road as USA Olympian, Lindsay Whalen racked up 27 points in an MVP performance.

Natalia Vieru responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds but Sparta&K will now finish outside the top four team in Russia and an appearance in Europe's premier women's competition next season is now no guarantee.

Defending champions of both the EuroLeague Women and Russian title, UMMC Ekaterinburg had little trouble in easing their way past Dynamo Novosibirsk as French center, Sandrine Gruda recorded 17 points and seven boards.

The player could also now find herself potentially playing with UMMC team-mate Candace Parker in the WNBA, after being traded to the LA Sparks in recent days.

Anne Breitreiner holding aloft the German Cup
Anne Breitreiner holding aloft the German Cup

Ukrainian national team star, Oleksandra Kurasova, was on fire with 20 points for Dynamo Kursk as they stormed past Energia Ivanovo 83-33 in their quarter-final match-up.

In the other last eight game, Nadezhda Orenburg completed a series win over Chevakata Vologda with a comfortable 77-54 victory behind 15 points from Natalia Anoikina and also an 11 point and 11 rebound haul from frontcourt partner, Glory Johnson.

 

CANNON FIRES WASSERBURG TO CUP GLORY

A monstrous 32 points and 12 rebounds from Emma Cannon propelled TSV 1880 Wasserburg to success in the German Cup Final Four as they fought off TV Saarouis Royals to ride out 82-71 winners.

The result was barely in doubt for much of the contest after the EuroCup Women competitors exploded early and accumulated a huge 20-point lead before the break.

Whilst the Royals did their best to haul themselves back into contention behind an excellent 22 points from Kayla Tetschlag, Wasserburg had too much depth and eased over the finishing line.

Baskets Nordlingen took third place in the tournament, led by 22-year-old Finnish national team guard Linda Lehtoranta.


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