BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Candace Parker had 41 points and 20 rebounds for UMMC Ekaterinburg but her efforts could not avoid defeat for her team|
Another breathtaking contribution from Candace Parker was not enough to prevent UMMC Ekaterinburg tasting defeat for the first time in any competition this season.
The EuroLeague Women and Russian champions finally came unstuck 100-93 in a shootout at Dynamo Kursk, despite a sensational effort from the in-form forward, who harvested 20 rebounds and racked up an eye-bulging 41 points on a sensational 17-of-20 floor shooting performance.
Epiphanny Prince and Rebekkah Brunson combined for 52 points for the resurgent hosts, with Dynamo Kursk barely missing a beat since the arrival of head coach Bo Overton.
There is now an exciting three-way tie at the top of the Russian Premier League, with Sparta&K M.R.Vidnoje showing that predictions of their demise have been overblown.
They claimed a comprehensive 62-47 home win against Chevakata and the other side still with just one loss are Dynamo Moscow, who had Kristi Toliver and her 16 points to thank for a 67-53 success at Nadezhda Orenburg.
Dynamo-Novosibirsk have now won consecutive games after opening their season with five successive defeats. Devereaux Peters and Noemie Mayombo shared 34 points in a 78-68 victory over the still winless Spartak Noginsk.
BOURGES OUTLAST BLMA IN OVERTIME THRILLER
|Bourges head coach Valérie Garnier had plenty of reason to smile as her team prevailed in overtime|
After losing against title rivals Villeneuve d'Ascq in their previous game, Tango Bourges managed to come out on top against another title challenger this time around.
Valerie Garnier and her team completed an exciting 64-60 overtime success at fellow EuroLeague Women participants Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.
Buoyed by her nomination for the FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year award, British guard Johannah Leedham showed her class with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, but it was a dagger triple by Cathy Joens which sealed the deal in the extra period.
Villeneuve d'Ascq are still neck and neck with Bourges for first place, after 19 points from Olayinka Sanni helped them to a crushing 93-72 success against Hainaut Basket.
Nantes Reze had their revival stopped in its' tracks by Lyon, who completed a 73-47 rout against their opponents behind the hot-hand of German national team player Romy Bar, who had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Tarbes Gespe Bigorre are yet to find any form this season but drew level with fellow strugglers USO Mondeville, blasting their opponents away early for a 72-66 victory. Katelan Redmon led the way with a 19-point haul.
Danielle Page, Anais Le Gluher Cano and Valeriane Ayayi all racked up 19 points for Basket Landes who waltzed past Arras 100-63 to continue their strong start to the campaign.
FIRST LOSS FOR KAYSERI IN TKBL
|Tanisha Wright and Kayseri Kaski spor suffered their first domestic loss of the season on the weekend|
Only Galatasaray odebank are a perfect 10-0 in the Turkish League after Kayseri Kaski spor lost their unbeaten record with a 66-57 loss at fellow title hopefuls Istanbul Universitesi.
A 13-0 run in the third period and 14 points each from Shenise Johnson and Melisa Can wrapped up the win for the home team, with Tanisha Wright registering 24 points for the losing side.
FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year nominee, Alba Torrens scored 25 points for Galatasaray odeabank in a comfortable 68-48 victory against Tarsus Belediye.
Fenerbahce completed an 81-46 rout of Homend Antakya on the road and in an all EuroCup Women clash, Adana Botas won 64-56 at Mersin Buyuksehir thanks to 17 points from Sandra Igueravide.
Besiktas continued their recent renaissance with an 85-50 win at basement dwellers TED Ankara, as Montengrin star Iva Perovanovic contributed a nice double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds - a feat also achieved by Turkish national team wing Yasemin Dalgalar, who had 16 points and 11 boards.
MORE PAIN FOR CCC POLKOWICE
It's been a rough first few months of the season in EuroLeague Women and in the BLK for defending Polish champions CCC Polkowice.
Their mood will not have improved after they fell to a third league loss of the season with a 69-61 reverse at KSSSE AZS Gorzow.
To make matters worse, it was former favourite Sharnee Zoll who scored 19 points for the hosts and also dished up nine assists.
But, the real story was that CCC Polkowice failed to score a single point in the first period and were 17-0 behind after ten minutes.
Wisla Can-Pack meanwhile are eager to regain the titles they lost last year and are on course so far.
A powerful 21 points and 13 rebounds from Jantel Lavender helped them demolish third-placed Energa Torun 79-56, to pick up a thirteenth straight success.