|Candace Parker had 41 points and 20 rebounds for UMMC Ekaterinburg but her efforts could not avoid defeat for her team|
The EuroLeague Women and Russian champions finally came unstuck 100-93 in a shootout at Dynamo Kursk, despite a sensational effort from the in-form forward, who harvested 20 rebounds and racked up an eye-bulging 41 points on a sensational 17-of-20 floor shooting performance.
There is now an exciting three-way tie at the top of the Russian Premier League, with Sparta&K M.R.Vidnoje showing that predictions of their demise have been overblown.
They claimed a comprehensive 62-47 home win against Chevakata and the other side still with just one loss are Dynamo Moscow, who had Kristi Toliver and her 16 points to thank for a 67-53 success at Nadezhda Orenburg.
Dynamo-Novosibirsk have now won consecutive games after opening their season with five successive defeats. Devereaux Peters and Noemie Mayombo shared 34 points in a 78-68 victory over the still winless Spartak Noginsk.
BOURGES OUTLAST BLMA IN OVERTIME THRILLER
|Bourges head coach Valérie Garnier had plenty of reason to smile as her team prevailed in overtime|
Buoyed by her nomination for the FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year award, British guard Johannah Leedham showed her class with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, but it was a dagger triple by Cathy Joens which sealed the deal in the extra period.
Nantes Reze had their revival stopped in its' tracks by Lyon, who completed a 73-47 rout against their opponents behind the hot-hand of German national team player Romy Bar, who had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Tarbes Gespe Bigorre are yet to find any form this season but drew level with fellow strugglers USO Mondeville, blasting their opponents away early for a 72-66 victory. Katelan Redmon led the way with a 19-point haul.
FIRST LOSS FOR KAYSERI IN TKBL
|Tanisha Wright and Kayseri Kaski spor suffered their first domestic loss of the season on the weekend|
Besiktas continued their recent renaissance with an 85-50 win at basement dwellers TED Ankara, as Montengrin star Iva Perovanovic contributed a nice double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds - a feat also achieved by Turkish national team wing Yasemin Dalgalar, who had 16 points and 11 boards.
MORE PAIN FOR CCC POLKOWICE
It's been a rough first few months of the season in EuroLeague Women and in the BLK for defending Polish champions CCC Polkowice.
Their mood will not have improved after they fell to a third league loss of the season with a 69-61 reverse at KSSSE AZS Gorzow.
To make matters worse, it was former favourite Sharnee Zoll who scored 19 points for the hosts and also dished up nine assists.
But, the real story was that CCC Polkowice failed to score a single point in the first period and were 17-0 behind after ten minutes.
Wisla Can-Pack meanwhile are eager to regain the titles they lost last year and are on course so far.
A powerful 21 points and 13 rebounds from Jantel Lavender helped them demolish third-placed Energa Torun 79-56, to pick up a thirteenth straight success.