BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
Dynamo Kursk secured a big success at fellow EuroCup Women favourites Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League, whilst the last four of the Turkish Cup has now been set.
|Seimone Augustus paved the way for Dynamo Kursk with a game-high 21 points|
KURSK CATCH FIRE FOR BIG ROAD WIN
Bo Overton is continuing to work his magic at Dynamo Kursk after they romped to a 93-77 success at Russian Premier League joint-leaders Dynamo Moscow.
Both clubs are expected to make a strong challenge for the EuroCup Women title in coming months and Kursk underlined their credentials with a stunning victory.
Seimone Augustus and Epiphanny Prince combined for 41 points, with Tina Charles landing a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
It means UMMC Ekaterinburg are now the outright leaders after they strolled to a convincing 83-46 win at Dynamo Novosibirsk, off the back of 16 points from Latvian veteran Anete Jekabsone.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje picked up another victory to keep their momentum going, with a strong second-half effort instrumental in taking down Energia Ivanovo 79-67.
Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic and Evgenia Belyakova fulfilled their usual role for the team as leaders on the floor with the former sinking a game-high 21 points and Belyakova adding a sparkling 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Recent recruit Tijana Ajdukovic harvested a double-digit score for the third-placed team.
Chevakata Vologda are still struggling to make an impact this season and their mood wasn't lifted after a demoralising home-court rout inflicted by Nadezhda Orenburg who soared to an 85-46 success.
Russian national team forward Marina Kuzina corralled 20 points and was supported by Greek standout Zoi Dimitrakou who had 18 points.
LAST FOUR OF TURKISH CUP SET
EuroLeague Women outfit Kayseri Kaski spor finished a disappointing week after crashing out of the Turkish Cup in Ankara.
They were beaten 68-59 in the quarter-finals by EuroCup Women side Mersin Buyuksehir who had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds from Courtney Paris and enjoyed a superb game-winning 9-0 run down the stretch.
Another EuroCup Women team, Adana Botas, also made it into the last four with a 74-61 win against Konak Belediyesi. Bahar Ozturk recorded a monstrous 31-point and seven-rebound performance and there was a super cameo of 17 points and six boards from Sandra Igueravide.
Cup favourites Galatasaray odeabank and Fenerbahce both avoided an upset and eased their way into the semi-finals, the former completing a 62-48 success over Besiktas with Kelsey Bone, Sancho Lyttle, Bahar Caglar and Sebnem Kimyacioglu all making double-figure scores.
Fenerbahce meanwhile were rampant in a 94-63 win against Tarsus Belediye whose season continues to be a real struggle.
Cappie Pondexter celebrated her recent birthday with a team-high 19 points and Nevin Nevlin added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Fenerbahce will match-up against Mersin in the last four, with Galatasaray facing Botas.
|Croatian international Jelena Ivezic proved to be a good addition for Novi Zagreb |
BABKINA AND IVEZIC SHINE, CHANGES IN HUNGARY
Having arrived at WBC Novi Zagreb during the mid-season break, Latvian guard Elina Babkina and Croatian forward Jelena Ivezic gave an early glimpse of how they may be in a position to help turn around the fortunes of the EuroLeague Women strugglers.
Ivezic had 18 points and five assists, whilst Babkina claimed 16 points as they completed a 73-55 win against PINKK Pecsi 424 in the Middle European League.
Ironically, the losing team have inked Spanish center Lucila Pascua who was previously with Zagreb for the first half of the campaign and she will now suit up for her compatriot Roberto Hernandez.
Pascua is a replacement for Tijana Ajdukovic who left after signing for Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.
The Hungarian club also announced that they have parted ways with Slovak Republic guard Janka Mincikova and may seek further re-enforcements with experienced playmaker Dalma Ivanyi currently injured.
PEAC Pecs have made it into the last 16 of EuroCup Women and they had Maurita Reid and Nevena Jovanovic to thank for 36 points in a 65-55 win at fellow eighth-finalists MBK Ruzomberok.
The Hungarians have also signed a former WBC Novi Zagreb player in the shape of guard Krisztina Raksanyi who returns to the city having spent most of her career playing for MiZo Pecs 2010.
Elsewhere, UE Sopron bounced back from a surprise defeat at the hands of Aluinvent Miskolc to storm to a 95-78 win against SBK Samorin as American forward Tianna Hawkins exploded with a 36-point performance.