BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Katalin Honti is Hungary's Women's Player of the Year 2012|
Rivas Ecopolis playmaker Katalin Honti has been handed the accolade of Women's Player Of The Year by the Hungarian Basketball Federation after becoming the first Hungarian player to win a EuroLeague Women title in over a decade.
Whilst the guard only managed a handful of minutes for Ros Casares on her way to being crowned champion at the Final Eight back in March, she also impressed for the national team during the summer by averaging 10.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game - although Hungary didn't manage to book their place for EuroBasket Women next year.
Things continue to progress nicely for Honti in Spain at Rivas who continued their unbeaten start in the Liga Femenina over the weekend with a dominant 73-43 win at Gran Canaria 2014.
Perfumerias Avenida have had a rotten run in the EuroLeague Women recently, but they are managing to stay in contention domestically - if only just. They won another close one over the weekend, clinching a 64-62 victory on the road at Ciudad De Burgos.
The other team fighting for top spot in the Liga Femenina ranking remain Uni Spar Girona, who share the same 5-2 record as Avenida after romping to a 78-47 win at UNB Obenasa.
Meanwhile in the Polish League, surprise package Artego Bydgoszcz are now the only team who still have a flawless record after they continued their perfect start with a super 70-64 success at CCC Polkowice. Charity Szczechowiak had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game as Polkowice tasted defeat for the first time this season in the league.
But, that wasn't the biggest shock of the weekend, since fellow EuroLeague Women participants Wisla Can-Pack had an even bigger reason to be disappointed after they were routed 68-51 by mid-table Matizol Lider Pruszkow.
Fenerbahce Stay Perfect In Turkey
Fenerbahce are still unbeaten in the Turkish League and that's hardly surprising with Ivana Matovic continuing her brilliant start to the season. The forward harvested an excellent 20 points as Fener defeated Ceyhan Belediye 80-68.
Galatasaray and Kayseri Kaski spor both continue to chase down the leaders, and each enjoyed wins over the weekend as Gala ground out a 67-54 success on the road at Adana Botas thanks to a combined 34 points from Ann Wauters and Sancho Lyttle, whilst Kayseri coasted past Mersin 80-62 at home. The two sides will meet again in the Eighth-Finals of the EuroCup Women.
Tarsus Belediye produced an excellent team performance at struggling Ted Ankara to claim a 79-72 victory. Six Tarsus players accumulated double figures to leave the hosts in a worrying position near the foot of the standings with just one win from their first seven games.
EuroCup Women Eighth-Finalists Antakya eased away from the early dogfight near the bottom of the table as Czech national team star Jana Vesela showed her quality with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help take down Samsun 68-56.
There was another bitter sweet weekend for rising star Ozge Kavurmacioglu as the 1993-born Fenerbahce player continued to dazzle on her loan at Besiktas with a sparkling 28 points, but it wasn't enough to fire her team to a first victory of the season after the basement dwellers lost at Istanbul University.
|Edwige Lawson had a game-high 16 points as BLMA downed Mondeville |
Bad News For USO Mondeville
In the French League, leaders Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration managed to slip past USO Mondeville 71-68 for a hard-fought road win, although they almost fell to what would have been only a second loss of the season after fritteing away a 17-point first-half lead. Edwige Lawson-Wade made the difference with four triples on he way to 16 points.
There was also worse news for Mondeville since playmaker Aminata Konate has been ruled out of action for several months with a serious shoulder injury that requires surgery and lengthy rest.
Perpignan and Bourges remain the main threat to BLMA. The former continued their impressive form by blowing away Basket Landes 64-40, whilst Celine Dumerc weighed in with 15 points and eight assists for the latter as they chalked up a 66-55 win at home to Nantes Reze.
It continues to be a season of general despair for Arras who are yet to win in EuroLeague Women, and find themselves with a rotten 2-9 domestic record after losing 70-66 at home to Charleville. It's even worse for Hainaut Basket who still have just one victory to their name after also crashing at home in a disappointing 57-51 loss to Lyon.
Finally in the Russian Cup, UMMC Ekaterinburg crushed Dynamo-GUVD 87-56 in the second leg of their quarter-final to make the Final Four which will take place during the middle of next month. Ekat coasted to the win despite resting Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker and will face either Dynamo Kursk or Dynamo Moscow in the semi-final.
The other semi-final is already confirmed and will see an all-EuroLeague Women match-up between Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje and Nadezhda after they blew out Spartak Noginsk and Chevakata respectively.