Roundup: Polkowice slip, Maltsi On Fire

28 October 2013

BASKETBALL IN EUROPE

14. Jantel Lavender (Famila Schio)
 Jantel Lavender shone for new club Wisla Can Pack, scoring 20 points and added 11 points

Polish champions CCC Polkowice slipped to their first domestic loss of the season, whilst Greek legend Evanthia Maltsi continues to torch her opponents in Turkey.

 

CCC POLKOWICE LOSE GROUND

There is now just one unbeaten team in the Polish League and that is Wisla Can-Pack, after their arch rivals and fellow EuroLeague Women side CCC Polkowice slumped to their first loss of the campaign.

They were locked down in a big way by Basket ROW Rybnik who threw a defensive blanket over them in the second-half to ride away with a shock 56-47 road win. Rebecca Harris had 14 points for the winning team, with a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards from Magdalena Leciejewska not enough to prevent CCC Polkowice crashing.

Wisla eased their way to a 65-51 success at former champions Riviera Gdynia, thanks to 15 points and 11 rebounds from Erin Phillips and 20 points from Jantel Lavender, who also weighed in with nine boards.

 

EXPRESS TRAIN MALTSI LIGHTS IT UP

Greek shooter Evanthia Maltsi may be in the twilight of her illustrious career, but the guard is undergoing a renaissance and showing she has still got plenty to give by lighting up the Turkish League with some phenomenal displays.

She poured in another 27 points to carry Homend Antakya to a precious 70-66 road win at fellow EuroCup Women team Istanbul Universitesi and also ensure Homend remain the surprise package and one of just three clubs yet to taste defeat.

The others are Galatasaray odeabank who had 18 points from Spanish ace Alba Torrens carry them to a comfortable 65-45 home victory against Mersin Buyuksehir Bld, whilst Camille Little exploded to give Kayseri Kaski spor cruised past Besiktas by 72-56. The American finished with an eye-catching 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Angel McCoughtry returned to action for Fenerbahce in style with an all-action 18 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in a runaway 84-60 success at Tarsus Belediye SK and Hungarian forward Anna Vajda fired 17 points and harvested none rebounds as Botas won 71-64 at Orduspor.

 

TRIO STILL PERFECT IN FRANCE

11. Catherine Joens (Bourges Basket)
Catherine Joens and Tango Bourges Basket are looking ominous early in France

There are also three teams in the French League yet to lose including Tango Bourges, who are looking ominously powerful and continued their flawless start by strolling past Tarbes 78-62 after a combined 34 points from newcomers Cathy Joens and Paoline Salagnac.

Charleville are still unbeaten and the same can also be said for Villeneuve d'Ascq who had to squeeze out a 78-71 win at home to plucky Angers who are still searching for their first success in the top division. Johanne Gomis and Lenae Williams propelled Villeneuve to victory by sharing 30 points.

Like Tarbes, EuroCup Women team Nantes Reze have now also won just once in their first five league games after being narrowly beaten 66-62 at Arras.

There was however cause to celebrate for Basket Landes as they routed Hainaut Basket 90-50, with teenage star Valeriane Ayayi top scoring with 17 points.

And, another EuroBasket Women silver medallist in Gaele Skrela helped Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration bounce back from a shock loss last week as her 17-point haul assited BLMA in destroying USO Mondeville 85-42.

 

LOOKING FURTHER AFIELD

Elsewhere around Europe, both Rivas Ecopolis and Perfumerias Avenida easily preserved their unbeaten status in Liga Femenina as both claimed wins over the weekend.

The famous veteran wing duo of Laura Macchi and Raffaella Masciadri did the business for Famila Schio, with a combined 37 points giving them an 82-48 win against Umana Venezia to keep them perfect in the Italian League.

Finally, there was an all-EuroLeague Women clash in the Middle European League where Good Angels Kosice are now the only team without any losses to their name after they took a narrow 82-78 win against Novi Zagreb.

Captain Plenette Pierson dropped 30 points, whilst Serbian guard Milica Dabovic had 31 points in defeat.


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