BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
Italian champions Famila Schio picked up where they left off last season after scooping yet more silverware with a third successive Supercup success.
|Giorgia Sottana picked up where she left for Famila Schio with a game-high 18 points in the Supercup|
SOTTANA SHINES IN CUP SUCCESS
Playmaker Giorgia Sottana was the star for Schio as they claimed a 62-53 victory over Gesam Gas Lucca, to take the first trophy of the new campaign in the Italian league.
The guard poured in 18 points and was well supported by both veteran wing player Laura Macchi and French center Elodie Godin, who combined for 25 points.
Naomi Halman did her best to deny Schio with 16 points for the losing team and the winners had to survive a final quarter drought, but had enough of a cushion to ease home and hand recently appointed Spanish head coach Miguel Mendez his first title.
CURTAIN RAISED IN LFB
The curtain was raised in the French League across the weekend with the annual showpiece LFB Open event in Paris. And, there were largely mixed outcomes for EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women participants.
Tango Bourges Basket romped to an 83-43 success against newcomers Angers, with FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year, Celine Dumerc lighting it up with 16 points.
Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration are back in EuroLeague Women and they also got off the mark by taking down Nice 66-57, thanks mainly to a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds from Geraldine Robert and 18 points by Gaelle Skrela.
Basket Landes slipped to a 62-58 defeat against fellow EuroCup Women competitors Villeneuve D'Ascq, who were propelled by Emma Meesseman as the former FIBA Europe Young Player of The Year returned from her rookie WNBA season with Washington Mystics in style.
She harvested 14 points and 11 rebounds for her team, a feat that was however surpassed by Olayinka Sanni who had a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Danielle Page led Landes with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Tarbes Gespe Bigorre didn't exactly have the best start, which may be of concern ahead of their EuroCup Women schedule next month. They were blown away 75-48 by Charleville-Mezieres, with Serbian forward Jovana Rad contributing 13 points in defeat.
Nantes Reze produced a real team effort as they had five players rack up double-figure scores as they strode past Hainaut Basket 80-65.
BRNO EASE PRESSURE
Having slipped to a second loss of the season last week, BK Imos Brno relieved some of the pressure to move to 3-2 for the season in the Czech League.
They achieved a 78-64 derby win against Valosun Brno, with Swedish national team star Ashley Key racking up 19 points.
Brno have already fallen behind in the title race, since ZVVZ USK Prague have signalled their intent to retain their title by securing a 5-0 start.
They continued their impressive opening with a crushing 90-38 victory on the road at Karlovy Vary.
NO SLIP-UPS IN POLISH LEAGUE
Heavyweight duo Wisla Can-Pack and CCC Polkowice are two of four teams with flawless records after the first couple of rounds of action in the BLK.
Wisla had to work hard to get a win at former EuroLeague Women competitors KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow. They claimed a 58-53 win thanks to Zane Tamane and Katarzyna Krezel sharing 28 points, with the home side ruing a string of unsuccessful free-throws as they missed out on a potential upset.
Russian national team player Valeriya Musina led CCC Polkowice with 16 points as they also won on their travels. They stormed past Widzew Lodz 86-50 to get keep their early title defence on track.
HOSTS WIN UMMC CUP
|FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak returned to Ekaterinburg after the EuroLeague Women Final 8 earlier in the year.|
Hosts and reigning Euroleague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg put one more piece of silverware in the cabinet as they lifted the 'UMMC Cup' - a prestigious pre-season tournament.
Deanna Nolan was named MVP as they beat Good Angels Kosice 72-64 in the Final game, which was attended by FIBA Europe Secretary General, Kamil Novak - a fact welcomed by UMMC General Manager Maxim Ryabkov.
"He was delighted with the organisation and the final game turned out two real teams that reached the EuroLeague Women top four" explained Ryabkov.
"Maybe the quality of the game and both teams will be elaborate more (when the season starts), but we are very pleased that this event took place.
"We were able to show the team and all the visitors to our fans in Ekaterinburg."
Russian club Energia Ivanovo beat EuroLeague Women side Kibirkstis-VICI Vilnius 75-66 to take third spot.
UMMC Ekaterinubrg will host Dynamo Moscow in the Women's SuperCup, between the EuroCup and EuroLeague Women champions on 29 October.