|Katie Douglas has not yet healed to the satisfaction of Wisla Can-Pac doctors |
Things went from bad to worse for Wisla Can-Pack over the weekend after firstly deciding they would not be utilising Katie Douglas, and then subsequently losing against arch rivals CCC Polkowice in the Polish League.
Having failed to win a game in EuroLeague Women this season and currently facing the prospect of a potential 0-4 record if they don't beat in-form Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje this week, Wisla Can-Pack could at least be thankful for the recent arrival of WNBA MVP Tina Charles; an unbeaten domestic record; and hopes Katie Douglas would fly back from the States and be given the green light by club doctors.
But, Wisla fans are now reeling from news that Douglas has not healed from her injury to the satisfaction of the club which means head coach Jose Hernandez won't be able to utilise her services this season. And, their mood was not improved when they lost their unbeaten domestic record yesterday with a 56-49 loss at CCC Polkowice as Nnemkadi Ogwumike racked up 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning team.
There was also disappointment for the former employers of Jose Hernandez as Perfumerias Avenida lost for a second time in five outings in Liga Femenina to leave them languishing in seventh spot.
Despite a combined 41 points from Marta Xargay and Marta Fernandez, they still fell 80-74 at Cadi-ICG Software which will have delighted title favourites Rivas Ecopolis who are still unbeaten after a sixth straight win with a 75-62 success at Ciudad de Burgos.
There were no surprises in Russia with all of the biggest hitters in the league claiming comfortable victories. Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje demolished Rostov-Don 77-48 behind 18 points from Evgenia Belyakova, UMMC Ekaterinburg overpowered Chevakata 75-47 with Candace Parker putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Nadezhda rolled over Energia Ivanovo 82-41.
In the two all-EuroCup Women clashes, Dynamo Kursk breezed past Dynamo GUVD 77-41 to remain unbeaten along with Ekat at the top of the standings, whilst Dynamo Moscow were similarly convincing against Spartak Noginsk as 16 points and 14 boards from Tatiana Vidmer helped them to a 72-56 win.
Fenerbahce and Kayseri Kaski spor remain the only two teams in the Turkish League yet to taste
|Olcay Cakir was productive for Fenerbahce in domestic action on the weekend, scoring 11 points |
defeat this season. U20 European Championship Women star Olcay Cakir stood had an economical 11 points for Fener in an 85-54 rout of TED Ankara whilst Kayseri claimed a terrific 68-60 road win at the expense of fellow EuroCup Women team Adana Botas.
Elsewhere, Galatasaray claimed a precious 69-63 success at Istanbul University, led by 21 points from Lindsay Whalen who came up big in the closing moments, whilst Tarsus Belediye won 84-71 at Antakya thanks to a trio of super showings by Delisha Milton-Jones, Melisa Can and Danielle Robinson.
There was a landmark result in the French League as Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration lost their unbeaten record after a 75-69 home floor defeat to fellow EuroCup Women participants Basket Landes.
Bourges Basket had to work hard to see off struggling Villeneuve 65-58, with Celine Dumerc dishing up nine assists and that meant 2,400 fans went home happy with their team now just one game back from Montpellier who remains at the top of the standings.
Unlike Bourges who has two losses to their name and is second from top, Arras supporters are less happy since their team has just two wins to their name and are second from bottom of the table, after going down 71-63 at high-flying Perpignan.
Keeping with French action, USO Mondeville claimed a 63-52 win against Lyon with Lithuanian Giedre Paugaite impressing with 11 points and seven rebounds.
In a duel between two other EuroCup Women entrants, it was Tarbes who prevailed 76-62 against Nantes thanks to double-doubles in points and rebounds from Kimberly Smith and Angelica Robinson.
|Kia Vaughn made 17 points for ZVVZ USK Prague in domestic league action over the weekend|
Meanwhile, in stark comparison to their imperious EuroCup Women form, Hainaut Basket continues to struggle domestically. They crashed 72-68 at home to Aix en Provence meaning that they have still only won one game and are propping up everyone else at the bottom of the classification.
There was a top-of-the-table clash in the Czech League where ZVVZ USK Praha managed to dodge a bullet against Hradec Kralove. They eventually rode out winners, 86-81, but had to overturn a double-digit deficit in the final quarter. Rebbekah Brunson was the saviour, finally coming alive down the stretch whilst Kia Vaughn contributed 17 points.
The second defeat of the campaign for Hradec means they are now locked with IMOS Brno who sailed clear of KP Valosun in the Brno derby 100-53.
Finally, there's little doubt one of the most intriguing domestic leagues unfolding this season is in Italy where four teams are all currently vying for top spot with 4-1 records - including EuroLeague Women protagonist Famila Schio.