Final Action Before Break

22.12.2011

NATIONAL LEAGUES ROUNDUP

Ewelina Kobryn - Wisla
Center Ewelina Kobryn had 15 points in Wisla's win over Lotos Gdynia

Many of the teams playing in European competitions had their last games on Wednesday night before the holiday break.

In Poland, Wisla Can-Pack Krakow bounced back from their weekend defeat at CCC Polkowice with a 78-73 triumph at Lotos Gdynia.

Wisla, who are on top of Group C of the EuroLeague Women with an 8-2 record, got 15 points apiece from Nicole Powell and Ewelina Kobryn while Paulina Pawlak contributed 12 and Anke De Mondt 11.

Erin Phillips did not play for the winners.

Jose Hernandez, the coach of Wisla, said: "After the last defeat at CCC Polkowice, this encounter was very important to us.

"In the third quarter, we were on top by 10 points and that allowed us to control the course of the match."

Polkowice's home clash with ŁKS Siemens AGD Lodz was cancelled when the visitors announced they would not travel for the contest.

There is no word yet from the league on the implications of the Lodz decision not to play the game.

In Spain, Ros Casares travelled to Mardrid and won 80-63 at struggling Rivas Ecopolis.

In a battle of EuroLeague Women outfits, Rivas led 38-37 at half-time but lost the initiative in the third quarter when Ros outscored them, 30-14.

Roberto Iñiguez, who replaced Natalia Hejkova at the helm of Ros Casares last week, said: "I really liked the team's response after the break as they have understood what we were doing wrong and corrected everything."

Ann Wauters, Eshaya Murphy and Sancho Lyttle each had 16 points and Lauren Jackson 12 for the winners.

14. Erika De Souza (Halcon Avenida)
Erika De Souza posted an impressive double-double to lead Perfumerias Avenida to a hard-fought victory at Girona

Anna Cruz poured in 16 points and came up with seven steals for Rivas, who also fell in their game against Mann Filter Zaragoza at the weekend.

Perfumerias Avenida, the other EuroLeague Women outfit in Spain, prevailed 79-73 at Girona FC.

Erika De Souza's 24 points and 15 rebounds led the winners.

Gran Canaria, who are in the EuroCup Women, were blown out at Mann Filter Zaragoza, 77-52.

In Turkey, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are flying high in the domestic standings at 9-1 after recording victories on Wednesday night.

Fener blew out Samsun Basketball 103-83 after getting 21 points from Penny Taylor, 19 from Angel McCoughtry and 18 from Nevriye Yilmaz.

Recent arrival Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and eight boards as Galatasaray romped to an 89-59 triumph at Mersin.

Alba Torrens also had 17 for Gala, with Tina Charles pouring in 16 and Diana Taurasi 11.

Taurasi added eight assists and also corralled five rebounds.

Besiktas, who just added Candice Wiggins to their roster, fell at Optimum TED Ankara in a battle of EuroCup Women sides,53-46.

Kayseri and Botas were also winners against Istanbul University and Tarsus in their respective games.

In France, Lattes Montpellier may be having a solid EuroLeague Women campaign but on the domestic front they fell at EuroCup Women high-fliers Hainaut Basket, 72-66, on Wednesday.

Petra Stampalija poured in 17 points for Hainaut.

French leaders Challes-les-Eaux clinched a 77-61 victory over Nantes Rezé and Bourges beat hosts Nice, 66-56.

Tarbes, who have yet to win in the EuroLeague Women, fell 77-69 at Lyon and EuroCup Women team Mondeville were 61-56 winners at Charleville-Mezieres.

On Tuesday in Russia, Nadezhda Orenburg won at Dynamo Moscow, 99-84.

Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

USK Prague have gone into the holiday break with a perfect 17-0 mark in the Czech Republic.

They romped to a 109-75 win at BLK Prague.


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