Roundup: First Wisla Loss, Nadezhda Fly

20.01.2014

EUROPEAN ROUNDUP

8. Justyna Zurowska (Wisla Can-Pack)
19 points from Justyna Zurowska was not enough to stop Wisla's 18-game winning streak from coming to an end

There was a first loss of the season in the Polish League for Wisla Can-Pack and Nadezhda claimed second spot in the Russian Premier League with a stunning blowout of Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

 

FIRST LOSS FOR WISLA

The 18-game winning streak of Wisla Can-Pack finally ended over the weekend as they suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Energa Torun. The EuroLeague Women side were downed 73-70 in an exciting match-up against their fourth-placed opponents.

Torun posted a scintillating 24-4 run during the third quarter which turned the contest in their favour. Justyna Zurowska had 19 points and seven boards for Wisla but it was a smart shooting display by Joanna Walich for the winning side which caught the eye as she plundered 17 points.

Defending champions CCC Polkowice are on four losses and the closest rivals to Wisla, with Agnieszka Majewska producing 19 points and five rebounds in a 61-49 home success over Gorzow.

 

NADEZHDA ON THE RISE

20. Zoi Dimitrakou (Nadezhda Orenburg)
Zoi Dimitrakou had 17 points in a winning effort for Nadezhda Orenburg

After gaining revenge during EuroLeague Women last week for an early season loss to Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration, the theme continued into the Premier League for Nadezhda Orenburg, whose revolution under George Dikeoulakos continues to gather some serious momentum.

They blasted away Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje for a 76-46 success, to avenge a 30-point blowout on their opponents' home floor. Greek forward Zoi Dimitrakou led the winning side with 17 points and was supported by 16 points from DeWanna Bonner and Anna Cruz.

Dynamo Moscow are the other team with three losses to their name and had 15 points from Lindsay Whalen to thank for a comfortable 69-48 win against Dynamo-Novosibirsk.

Sandrine Gruda racked up 22 points for leaders UMMC Ekaterinburg as they eased past Energia Ivanovo 85-49, whilst Sparta&K losing now means Dynamo Kursk have the same number of losses as Vidnoje. They demolished Enisey Krasnoyarsk 89-52, off the back of a combined 35 points from Candice Dupree and Rebekkah Brunson.

Spartak Noginsk edged close to an overdue first victory of the campaign, but Montenegrin guard Snezana Aleksic fired 17 points to take Chevakata Vologda to a 67-59 success.

 

BOURGES FIGHT HARD TO RETAIN CONTROL

9. Céline Dumerc (France)
French legend Céline Dumerc led Bourges to victory on the weekend with 12 points and seven assists

Tango Bourges had to fight hard to stay in pole position in the French League after eventually defeating fourth-placed Lyon 64-57 as Celine Dumerc pulled the strings with 12 points and seven assists.

Lattes Montpellier and Villeneuve d'Ascq are still only one loss behind the leaders, after cruising to home victories.

The former romped past UF Angers 87-59 thanks to a terrific 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists from Geraldine Robert, whilst Villeneuve powered past USO Mondeville 61-39, with four players reaching double-digits.

Basket Landes warmed up for their EuroCup Women eighth-final second-leg by smashing struggling Nice 82-57, with teenager Valeriane Ayayi chalking an impressive 23 points.

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre and Nantes Reze will lock horns again in EuroCup Women and they had contrasting fortunes, with Tarbes claiming a morale-boosting 63-59 win at Arras and Nantes being soundly beaten 79-67 at Charleville, after a 19-point MVP display by Lithuanian national team star Giedre Paugaite.

 

TOP SIDES DOMINATE IN TURKEY

4. Isabelle Yacoubou (Fenerbahce)
Isabelle Yacoubou had a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double for Fenerbahce

The top teams in the TKBL all recorded victories over the weekend, with leaders Galatasaray odeabank taking a convincing 68-51 road win at Mersin Buyuksehir.

Shavonte Zellous and Sancho Lyttle amassed a combined 41 points, but there was still no return for Alba Torrens who has been sidelined with early-stage pneumonia.

A haul of 15 points and the same number of rebounds by Isabelle Yacoubou took Fenerbahce to a massive 84-56 home win against Tarsus Belediye, whilst Istanbul Universitesi and Kayseri Kaski spor are both hanging on in the title shake-up.

Universitesi clawed their way to a narrow 69-64 victory at Homend Antakya, whilst Lara Sanders was unstoppable with 20 points and 15 boards for Kayseri in a 69-58 win at Besiktas.

The rest of the pack are now five losses behind, with Adana Botas doing what they can to bridge the gap after Bahar Ozturk and Michelle Sow shared 39 points in a keenly contested 80-75 success against Orduspor.

 

ZVVZ USK PRAGUE ROUT EUROLEAGUE WOMEN RIVALS

In the all-EuroLeague women ZBL clash between ZVVZ USK Prague and BK Imos Brno, it proved to be one one-way traffic in the direction of the leaders, who stormed to an 85-64 victory.

The side from the capital made it a straight 23 wins with their frontcourt far too powerful as Montenegrin pair Jelena Dubljevic and Milka Bjelica, along with Czech center Ilona Burgrova put up 43 points and 20 rebounds to provide the foundation to maintain their perfect record.

Swedish national team star Ashley Key replied with 20 points for the losing team.

 


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