|25 November 2013|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Erin Phillips has left Wisla Can-Pack with health issues|
Wisla Can-Pack have made a major change in personnel after announcing the arrival of swingman Danielle Mc Cray following the mutual departure of Australian Erin Phillips due to health issues.
Philips hasn't played in the last few Polish League games and indeed McCray herself is coming back after a serious injury sustained earlier this year when she tore her Achilles playing for Italian champions and EuroLeague Final Four participants Beretta Famila Schio.
Mc Cray averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in EuroLeague Women last season and Wisla will be her third EuroLeague Women club, having debuted in the competition with Good Angels Kosice where she was even more productive.
Wisla Can-Pack have lost two of their first three EuroLeague Women games, but kept their impressive unbeaten run going in the Polish League at the weekend with an eleventh straight success to remain unbeaten and in pole position.
RUSSIAN CUP FINAL FOUR NOW SET
Four clubs booked their spot for the Russian Cup semi-finals and there were no real upsets, with Nadezhda Orenburg bringing some much needed cheer in the wake of their EuroLeague Women struggles by safely advancing.
They are expected to announce Greek head coach George Dikeoulakos as their new head coach and he will have the chance to potentially bid for Cup silverware after a combined 42 points from DeWanna Bonner and Temeka Johnson took them to an 80-63 success against Dynamo Novosibirsk.
There were also big margins in the other quarter-final ties, with Cup holders UMMC Ekaterinburg dismissing EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow 76-61 after a huge 18 points and 14 rebounds from French star Sandrine Gruda.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje breezed past Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the second-leg with another convincing display as 16 points and seven boards from Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic led them to a comfortable 82-65 success.
The recently arrived Seimone Augustus fired 19 points for Dynamo Kursk as they saw off Chevakata Vologda 80-74, having cruised to an 18-point victory on the first leg.
TANGO BOURGES STILL IN CONTROL
|Endene Miyem and Bourges Basket are continuing to dominate the French Domestic League|
Tango Bourges are yet to taste domestic defeat in France as they powered past Arras 76-49 to retain control at the top of the standings, thanks mainly to a near double-double from Endene Miyem.
Villeneuve d'Ascq and Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration continue to chase hard, with the former taking a convincing 73-51 win against Toulouse to bounce back from their midweek EuroCup Women disappointment, and the latter experienced a similarly comfortable with a 66-52 home win against Charleville.
Valeriane Ayayi kept Basket Landes in the chasing pack with 20 points and seven rebounds in a 75-69 win against fellow EuroCup Women side Tarbes Gespe Bigorre and at the other end of the table, Caroline Aubert claimed 22 points and seven assists for Nantes Reze to ease their worries with a 75-68 road win at Nice.
RELIEF FOR TARSUS
After losing six of their first seven games in the TKBL and also crashing at home in EuroCup Women during the week, Tarsus Belediye reduced their fears of a domestic relegation battle by winning 73-62 at basement dwellers TED Ankara. Delisha Milton-Jones claimed a mammoth 27 points to take her team to a vital win.
At the top of the ladder, Galatasaray odeabank had little difficulty in staying perfect with an eighth successive win of the season coming via a crushing 74-38 home victory against Ceyhan Belediye.
They are locked at the top of the table with the other unbeaten challengers Kayseri Kaski spor who needed 23 points from Tanisha Wright to dig out a 75-61 road win at Homend Antakya.
Fenerbahce and Istanbul Universitesi are ready to pounce if the leading duo slip up. A combined 39 points from Angel McCoughtry and Isabelle Yacoubou carried Fenerbahce to a 75-46 win at Konak Belediyesi.
Crystal Langhorne continued her run of form with 19 points for Universitesi in a 79-67 home success against Orduspor.
BK IMOS LOSE IN BRNO DERBY
A blistering run either side of the half-time break propelled Valsoun Brno to a memorable 77-70 derby win against city rivals BK Imos Brno.
The hosts posted a 26-7 burst across the second and third quarters to get onto the front foot and helped by Amber Sprague who had 19 points, they recorded an impressive win.
It condemned the visitors to a fourth ZBL loss, with 20 points each from Alena Hanusova and Tereza Peckova not proving to be enough.
ZVVZ USK Prague remain top of the classifications with a 16-game unbeaten streak since the campaign tipped off, their latest success coming by way of a 90-42 home rout against Karlovy Vary.