Diana Taurasi led UMMC Ekaterinburg to more silverware as they retained their Russian Cup Final Four title with a 78-66 success against Nadezhda Orenburg.
|Ksenia Levchenko took a further step to announcing her massive potential, being named in the Russian Cup Final Four All-Tournament team |
UMMC CONTINUE TO DOMINATE
After completing a clean sweep last season, the EuroLeague Women champions are still on course for a repeat after Taurasi produced an MVP display with 21 points in the showpiece final game in Kursk.
Candace Parker also weighed in with 19 points as UMMC overpowered their opponents with a strong showing after the interval. DeWanna Bonner collected 26 points for the losing team.
Hosts Dynamo Kursk pipped Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje into third place with a thrilling 68-67 victory, as a trio of players in Seimone Augustus, Candice Dupree and Jelena Milovanovic torched their ex-employers.
Augustus led the way with a 20-point haul and was named in the All-Tournament Team, along with young Ksennia Levchenko of Sparta&K, Natalia Zhedik of Nadezhda, as well as Bonner and Parker.
Elsewhere in the Russian Premier League, Chevakata Vologda have inked Renee Montgomery as a replacement for Angel Goodrich. The American guard has been playing in Turkey recently for Tarsus Belediye where she averaged 9.7 points and 2.4 assists per game in the TKBL.
AVENIDA WIN THE BIG ONE IN LIGA FEMENINA
Perfumerias Avenida had Eshaya Murphy and Spanish national team guard Marta Xargay to thank for helping them consolidate top spot in the Spanish League with a 73-62 home win against arch rivals Rivas Ecopolis.
Murphy led the way with 16 points, whilst Xargay had 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds as Avenida continued having the upper hand against their fellow EuroLeague Women club.
It was the fourth loss for the visitors, with Avenida now firmly in the box-seat on just two defeats.
Third-placed Gran Canaria 2014 are still hopeful of at least splitting the two heavyweights and maintained the pressure as Brittany Chambers poured in 25 points in a 73-65 win at Alimentos de Zamora.
FENERBAHCE WIN DERBY, KAYSERI LOSE MORE GROUND
|The good form of Cappie Pondexter of late continued on the weekend as she led Fenerbahce past Besiktas|
In the Turkish League, there was joy for Fenerbahce in the Istanbul derby against Besiktas as they sneaked past their city rivals 74-69 in a tense finale thanks to 24 points from Cappie Pondexter.
Kayseri Kaski spor suffered another loss as their impressive EuroLeague Women form again failed to transmit into domestic action. They were beaten 68-67 by EuroCup Women quarter-finalists Adana Botas in a real thriller as MVP Michelle Snow put up 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Leaders Galatasaray odeabank destroyed lowly TED Ankara 83-52 on the road with Kelsey Bone amassing 25 points and 10 boards, whilst Istanbul Universitesi maintained their tile challenge with a 72-63 home win against Canik Belediye.
A double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by Ashley Paris guided Mersin Buyuksehir past Orduspor 75-53 and Aneika Henry accomplished the same feat with 14 points and 15 rebounds for Homend Antakya as they edged past Ceyhan Belediye 64-59.
Finally, the most impressive individual display of the weekend in the TKBL came from Natasha Lacy. She produced a magnificent and rare triple-double of 10 points, 12 rebounds and a spectacular 18 assists, as Tarsus Belediye relieved some of the pressure from their relegation dogfight with a much needed success against Konak Belediyesi.
KOSICE AND NOVI ZAGREB CUT DOWN IN MEL
EuroLeague Women duo Good Angels Kosice and WBC Novi Zagreb both fell to defeats in the Middle European League as Uniqa EuroLeasing Sopron took a valuable 77-69 road win at Kosice to complete an impressive season double.
The forwards got the job done against the leaders as Tianna Hawkins came up with 21 points and Serbian colleague Sara Krnjic claimed 13 points and 15 rebounds.
A weakened WBC Novi Zagreb side were beaten 68-55 at Aluinvent Miskolc after Brittainey Raven sunk 17 points to hand the visitors a seventh loss of the campaign.
It also allowed PEAC-Pecs to move into third spot after Serbian shooter Nevena Jovanovic continued her fine season with 19 points and five rebounds in a comfortable 87-52 success against Spisska Nova Ves.
TOP THREE STILL DOMINANT IN LFB
| Endene Miyem had 21 points to help Tango Bourges remain in front in the French League|
The title chasing trio of Tango Bourges, Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration and Villeneuve D'Ascq continue to battle it out at the top of the French League, with all three picking up victories over the weekend.
Bourges shrugged off the loss of Johannah Leedham and romped past basement dwellers Nice 80-47, with Endene Miyem grabbing a 21-point haul.
BLMA were similarly rampant in an eye-catching 88-68 win at Lyon as Geraldine Robert proved unstoppable with an excellent shooting display culminating in 22 points.
Villeneuve had to grind out a narrow 79-74 win at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, who were inspired by a tremendous 30-point display from Serbian guard Jovana Rad. However, Djena Diawara added 19 points for the visiting side to help them sneak over the finishing line.
Nantes Reze and Basket Landes both warmed up for their EuroCup Women quarter-finals this week with victories. The former ended the recent renaissance of Toulouse by taking a 74-63 success thanks mainly to Sarah Michel, who dazzled with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Basket Landes scraped a 77-72 win at UF Angers with Danielle Page, Valerianne Ayayi and Anais Le Gluher-Cano combining for 43 points, whilst Croatian forward Iva Sliskovic added 20 points for Angers.