|05 November 2012|
|Iva Sliskovic arrives in Salamanca via domestic rivals Rivas Ecopolis|
Perfumerias Avenida has bolstered its' ranks with the signature of Croatian forward Iva Sliskovic whilst there was good news for fans of short-handed Wisla Can-Pack over the weekend.
Sliskovic, whose career with Spanish EuroLeague Women rivals Rivas Ecopolis was cut short by injury, has been signed on a temporary basis by the Salamanca club until the end of the calendar year.
It's certainly been a frustrating time for head coach Alberto Miranda and General Manager Carloz Mendez, since the duo has had to juggle things after another Croatian national team player, Marija Rezan, suffered a knee injury prior to the season.
Then, only last week, American center Jessica Adair was lined up to play, only for the deal to be subsequently shelved on the advice of the club doctors.
Charles Arrives At Wisla
There was good news in Krakow over the weekend with WNBA MVP Tina Charles belatedly making her debut for Wisla Can-Pack in the Polish League. She helped her team remain unbeaten, contributing 13 points and six rebounds in an 80-69 success at Energa Torun.
The arrival of the center is a morale-boosting sign for head coach Jose Hernandez who will no doubt be focused on getting Charles straight into the Euroleague Women rotation as he searches for his first win of the new season at the third attempt when his team travels to BK IMOS Brno this week.
Turkey: Galatasaray Fall To Kayseri
Meanwhile Charles' former club Galatasaray suffered a 70-64 home floor loss to EuroCup Women participants Kayseri Kaski spor in the Turkish League over the weekend. Lara Sanders did most of the damage with 12 points and 14 rebounds, supported by a nice 13-point cameo by Yasemin Dalgalar.
There was also woe for Tarsus Belediye whose slow start to the new campaign both in Europe and in the Turkish League continued as they went down 72-69 at Canik Belediye.
Also in the Turkish League Fenerbahce secured a 67-60 success at Antakya Belediyesi thanks mainly to Angel McCoughtry contributing a decisive 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Big Upsets In Russia
|Nadezhda Grishaeva had a huge game for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian League |
Also flying the flag for EuroCup Women domestically and taking the scalps of EuroLeague Women frontrunners over the weekend were both Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Kursk.
The former romped to a memorable 80-62 victory against neighbours Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje with Nadezhda Grishaeva and Laura Harper leading the way for the hosts with impressive double-doubles.
The latter gained a precious 65-60 home success against Nadezhda as Eshaya Murphy and Temeka Johnson combined for 29 points.
Consequently, UMMC Ekaterinburg were the only Russian EuroLeague Women team to find a win and survive unscathed, defeating Dynamo-GUVD 81-58.
Mixed Fortunes In France
There were also mixed fortunes for the EuroLeague Women teams in the French League as Arras crashed 67-58 at Toulouse.
However, fellow EuroLeague Women side, Bourges Basket, won comfortably 63-49 against EuroCup Women challengers Tarbes GB, who are now teetering after six losses from their first seven games.
USO Mondeville claimed a convincing 74-57 victory against Aix-en-Provence due to outstanding displays from Naignouma Coulibay and Amanda Lassiter.
Finally there were cheers heard as far away as the Russian capital when news broke that FIBA Europe Young Player Of The Year Emma Meesseman has recovered from injury to make her long awaited debut for Villeneuve - having been loaned to the French club from Sparta&K during the summer.