BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Vega Gimeno will be out for the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury |
Rivas Ecopolis had to play without Vega Gimeno over the weekend and the Liga Femenina leaders will have to do without the in-form forward for the rest of the season after a scan revealed she has suffered an ACL injury.
The 21-year-old left the court during last week's EuroLeague Women clash at BK Imos Brno and it had been hoped that the injury may not have been as serious as first feared, but medical staff have since revealed the bad news.
This will naturally come as a devastating blow not only for the player, but also head coach Miguel Mendez since Gimeno had really stepped it up this season and was averaging double digits in the EuroLeague Women.
On a brighter note, there's still no stopping Rivas when it comes to domestic action. They racked up their seventh successive victory to remain unbeaten at the top of the classifications, with a perfect shooting night from Aneika Henry helping them claim a comfortable 83-62 success against Toyota Recreativo Conquero.
Things were less straightforward for Perfumerias Avenida who had to work hard in the second half to come from behind and see off UNB Obenasa 72-68, with veteran Isabel Sanchez digging her team out of a hole with 18 points. Recent signing Le'Coe Willingham added 13 points and five rebounds on her return to the Salamanca club.
One of the most eye-opening results of the weekend came in the French league, where Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration reacted to their first loss of the season by handing out a reality check to Bourges Basket.
They routed their title rival 76-51 in a super performance, dominating from tip to buzzer after a 21-7 start to the contest. Ana Cata-Chitiga epitomised a great shooting night for the hosts with an efficient and smart 12-point haul as Montpellier made a real statement of intent.
Just as important as the game at the top of the standings, was the meeting between Villeneuve d'Ascq and Hainaut Basket at the other end of the table. And, there was misery for EuroCup Women Eighth-Finalists Hainaut who are now rock bottom of the standings with an eye-watering 1-9 record after going down 72-68. Last year's FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Emma Meesseman had 17 points for a relieved Villeneuve.
Elsewhere in France, there was woe for the nation's other two EuroLeague Women competitors USO Mondeville and Arras who both lost. The former were pipped 69-64 at Basket Landes, whilst the latter were beaten 73-66 at Aix-en-Provence.
|Fenerbahce have cruised to a perfect 6-0 start in the Turkish league|
Fenerbahce Remain Undefeated In Turkey
There was an all-EuroLeague Women match-up in Turkey, where Fenerbahce preserved their flawless start to the new campaign as they overran Tarsus Belediye 77-60 in Istanbul - despite being a stone-cold 0-of-10 from long range. Cappie Pondexter impressed with 17 points and five assists.
Indeed Fener are now the outright leader after Kayseri Kaski spor suffered its first loss of the season with a shock 74-72 reverse at home to Canik Belediye. Meanwhile a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds from Ann Wauters helped Galatasaray romp to an 83-41 home floor success against still winless Besiktas.
Another club to lose their unbeaten record were Dynamo Kursk who were defeated for the first time this season in Russia after being narrowly beaten 90-87 at fellow EuroCup Women participants Chevakata - despite 21 points and 10 assists from Temeka Johnson. The heroes for the home side were Yuliya Kiseleva and Glory Johnson who both had double-doubles in points and rebounds.
The picture at the top of the Italian league is beginning to become a little clearer now after Famila Schio moved into a share of the lead at the top of the standings with Le Mura Lucca. That was due to a phenomenal display from French national team center Elodie Godin who continued her magnificent work on the glass this season with 21 rebounds to go with 14 points in an impressive 51-34 road win at a misfiring Umbertide.
The Italian League also witnessed one of the best individual performances anywhere in Europe when Lithuanian national team guard Kamile Nacickaite exploded for 40 points to help CUS Chieti despatch Pozzuoli.
Finally, there was a top of the table clash in the Greek league over the weekend as the undefeated Athinaikos and AO Ellinikou went head-to-head. And, it was the latter who prevailed after clinching a thrilling 68-65 win to move to 8-0 at the top of the table.
Evina Stamati and Breanna Brock combined for 38 points for the winning team whilst Afroditi Kosma didn't deserve to be on the losing side with 24 points and 13 rebounds.