|Shay Doron is a proven scorer, addressing Tarsus' biggest weakness so far|
Tarsus Belediye Spor have made changes to their roster by releasing Cindy Lima and drafting in scoring machine Shay Doron in a bid to boost their prospects of gaining a historical first win in the EuroLeague Women.
The rookie club have lost both of their games so far, suffering defeat at Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje and then being blown out at Rivas Ecopolis. One of the biggest factors has been the lack of an offensive punch and with an obvious need to find a reliable scorer, Doron fits the bill perfectly.
The Israel national team star had a brief stint with UMMC Ekaterinburg last season. Unfortunately, it proved to an unfruitful stay in Russia with her time at the club remembered most for a bizarre collision in a warm-up at the Final Eight which left team-mate Sue Bird in hospital with a broken nose.
However, there's no doubting the class of the guard who has been playing in the EuroCup Women this season with Elitzur Ramla, but was free to move to pastures new after the former champions had to withdraw from the tournament due to financial difficulties.
Doron made her debut for Tarsus in an 80-73 win against Mersin at the weekend, although it was veteran duo DeLisha Milton-Jones and Amaya Valdemoro who provided the main thrust with the former claiming 16 points and eight rebounds whilst the latter racked up 20 points.
Cindy Lima meanwhile found court-time hard to come by with Milton-Jones, Melisa Can and Liene Jansone all given more opportunities under the basket than the Spanish national team center.
Elsewhere in Turkey, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray both posted victories with ease. Ivana Matovic harvested an excellent double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds for Fener as they cruised past Istanbul Universities 84-66, whilst Galatasaray got back to winning ways in the league by crushing Edremit 100-42. Lindsay Whalen finished with 21 points with Ann Wauters and Sancho Lyttle both reaching double digits in points and rebounds.
Sparta&K Slump To Second Consecutive Loss
The biggest eye-opener of the weekend arguably came in the Russian League where Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje slumped to rare successive losses. Having been comprehensively beaten in the previous round by Dynamo Moscow, Pokey Chatman and her team went down 87-75 at home to fellow EuroLeague Women participants Nadezhda Orenburg. Candice Dupree was red-hot for the hosts with 22 points off ten of eleven floor shooting, but it was to be in vain as Dewanna Bonner exploded for 32 points and was supported by 16 each from Russia national team duo Liudmila Sapova and Elena Danilochkina. The result suited UMMC Ekaterinburg who coasted to a 91-45 win against EuroCup Women side Spartak Noginsk.
Arras Still Looking For Momentum
|Angelica Robinson boosted Tarbes GB, who have shown good form in the EuroCup Women, but had struggled domestically so far|
In the French League, the gloom continues to linger for Arras Pays D'Artois as they suffered an embarrassing 68-47 home floor loss to fellow strugglers Tarbes GB, who had Angelica Robinson to thank having produced 14 points and 13 rebounds. The result leaves Arras with just two wins from the first eight games.
At the other end of the standings, Bourges Basket claimed a thrilling 62-60 road success at Basket Landes, whilst in-form USO Mondeville continue to gather momentum with an 87-61 win at Villenueve. There's just no stopping Amanda Lassiter right now and she poured in 21 points whilst there was also a nice 11-point, five-rebound cameo from young Swedish wing Binta Drammeh. EuroCup Women frontrunners Basket Lattes Montepllier Agglomeration preserved their unbeaten status with an 81-64 victory at Lyon.
Avenida And Rivas Grab Wins
Perfumerias Avenida were beaten by USO Mondeville in the EuroLeague Women last week, and it was almost another disappointment at the weekend in domestic action, but 20 points from Marta Fernandez helped them to squeeze past Uni Girona 65-63. Things were a little more straightforward for Rivas Ecopolis who racked up a comfortable 64-53 win against UNB Obenasa.
Wisla Can-Pack can't find a win in the EuroLeague Women but romped to another domestic success in the Polish League with a convincing 82-44 win against PTK Pabiance, whilst CCC Polkowice are also perfect and yet to drop a game after 20 points from Valeriya Musina helped them to a tough 80-73 road win at Energa Torun.
Finally in Hungary, there was a battle between EuroLeague Women rivals UE Sopron and Uni Gyor with Sopron routing their opponent 81-58 as Serbian duo Jelena Milovanovic and Sara Krnjic combinbed for 49 points.