BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
Kayseri Kaski spor have lost valuable ground in the Turkish title race after a shock defeat, whilst it's still neck and neck in the Russian Premier League.
|Shavonte Zellous led Turkish league leaders Galatasaray to a comfortable 79-54 win|
KAYSERI STUNNED BY CANIK
Turkish title hopefuls and EuroLeague Women participants Kayseri Kaski spor started the new calendar year in the worst possible way with a surprise road loss at Canik Belediye.
The 87-82 defeat was their third of the season and resulted in slipping to fourth place behind leaders Galatasaray odeabank, second-placed Fenerbahce and Istanbul Universitesi.
Quianna Chaney had a super 24 points and 13 assists for the winning team and Hungarian star Dora Horti added a similarly impressive 23 points and 14 rebounds, as Canik posted a devastating 12-1 run during crunch time.
Shavonte Zellous could barely miss for Galatasaray as they eased their way to a convincing 79-54 win at home to Konak Belediyesi. The guard finished with 16 points from a fabulous seven-of-eight shooting performance.
French national team center Isabelle Yacoubou fired 22 points as Fenerbahce completed an 87-55 rout of Orduspor to continue breathing down the necks of Galatasaray, having recently beaten their arch rivals.
Istanbul Universitesi were left sweating at home to Mersin Buyuksehir but dug out a precious 60-55 success, with veteran guard Nilay Kartaltepe contributing 13 points and five assists.
Tarsus Belediye endured a rotten first half of the season but boosted their survival prospects with a crucial 70-64 home win against Besiktas, thanks mainly to a spectacular near triple-double of 15 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists from Natasha Lacy.
Also in the fight at the bottom of the standings, Lithuanian shooter Kamile Nacickaite sunk a season-high 28 points for TED Ankara as they recorded only their second win of the season by defeating Homend Antakya 76-59.
Meanwhile Bahar Ozturk had 32 points to lead EuroCup Women eight-final participants Adana Botas to an 80-69 win at Ceyhan Belediye.
UMMC AND DYNAMO MOSCOW STILL LOCKED IN RUSSIA
There is still no daylight at the top of the Russian Premier League as defending champions UMMC Ekaterinburg and Dynamo Moscow both claimed a ninth win in 10 games to stay tied up at the top of the table.
Nadezhda Grishaeva starred for Dynamo Moscow as they routed Chevakata Vologda, with the forward scoring a team-high 18 points. Another four of her team-mates reached double-digits in the 89-59 victory.
Ann Wauters showed her class with a majestic shooting night resulting in 27 points for UMMC as they pulverised Enisey Krasnoyarsk 94-53. The Belgian legend converted 11-of-12 from the floor, whilst frontcourt partner Sandrine Gruda grabbed a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje continued their impressive season as the in-form Sonja Petrovic and Evgenia Belyakova again produced the goods. They led their team past Dynamo Novosibirsk 81-72, with the former scoring 18 points and hauling down eight boards and Belyakova scoring 19 points.
Spartak Noginsk are yet to win a game, although came very close to giving Nadezhda Orenburg a very nasty scare after being edged out 83-78 by the visitors.
Marina Karpunina racked up 21 points for Noginsk, but her tally was matched by Glory Johnson, whilst Anna Cruz and Temeka Johnson shared a 34-point haul.
|Danielle McCray had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double for undefeated Wisla |
SWEET SIXTEEN FOR WISLA CAN-PACK
There is still no stopping Wisla Can-Pack who started 2014 in the same vein as they ended 2013 - without a single loss to their name. The Krakow team made it 16 wins in a row in the Polish League after completing a 98-46 destruction of MKS MOS Konin.
Danielle McCray underlined why she was recently signed by producing her biggest performance to date after accumulating a fine 22 points and 10 rebounds, whilst team-leader Jantel Lavender missed out on a double-double by one board after scoring 15 points.
CCC Polkowice are still chasing the leaders having lost three times so far. They beat King Wilki Morskie Szcecin by 60-45 as Teja Oblak and Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic both scored 12 points.
Energa Torun are still doing their best to break the domination of the two EuroLeague Women powerhouses and remain in third place thanks to a thrilling 79-69 overtime success against Basket Row Rybnik.
Former WBC Novi Zagreb player Matea Vrdoljak led the winning team with 19 points.
21ST CELEBRATION FOR ZVVZ USK PRAGUE
It was win number 21 in the ZBL for Czech giants ZVVZ USK Prague as they kept their perfect record very much intact by romping to a 90-43 win at home to BK Strakonice.
Kia Vaughn led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Alena Hanusova continued her productive season with 17 points for BK IMOS Brno who claimed a 75-64 success against Kara Trutnov. Ivana Jalcova also impressed by adding 13 points and seven assists.
BK Imos Brno are still chasing down neighbours Valosun Brno who retained second place after seeing off another city rival in BK SSMH Brno by taking a comprehensive 83-39 win.