Roundup: Dynamo Moscow Stumble

27 January 2014

EUROPEAN ROUNDUP

7. Lindsay Whalen (Dynamo Moscow)
Lindsay Whalen's 19 points could not help avoid a shock loss for Dynamo Moscow

Reigning EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow slumped to a surprise loss in the Russian Premier League and the last four of the French Cup are now confirmed.

DYNAMO DOWNED IN SHOCK LOSS

Russian Premier League contenders Dynamo Moscow slumped to a shock loss after being edged out 67-62 on the road at Energia Ivanovo.

It was the fourth defeat of the season for the EuroCup Women holders, with Kayla Alexander their tormentor as she fired 20 points for the hosts and also collected 11 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen landed 19 points in defeat.

The loss for Dynamo was good news for nearest rivals Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje and Nadezhda Orenburg, who both claimed comfortable victories.

The former rolled past Enisey Krasnoyarsk 67-48, with Natalia Vieru grabbing 18 points and 11 boards alongside five triples from Evgenia Belyakova.

Nadezhda meanwhile exploded at Dynamo Novosibirsk for an 83-64 success, with Glory Johnson on top form and converting eight of her nine field goals, en-route to 18 points.

Elena Volkova had the hot-hand for Dynamo Kursk and sunk five shots from long-range to claim 19 points in a 109-73 win at struggling Spartak Noginsk.

 

TOULOUSE JOIN FAVOURITES IN FRENCH CUP SEMI-FINALS

13. Johannah Leedham (Tango Bourges)
Johannah Leedham continues to go from strength-to-strength for Bourges, putting in another noteworthy display over the weekend

The top three teams in France all made it safely into the semi-finals of the French Cup and they will be joined by Toulouse, who fought past UF Angers 70-64 to make it to the last four of the competition.

Croatian national team guard Antonija Misura was the star of the show with a terrific 20 points, whilst Kristen Mann added a valuable 14 points. Another Croatian player in Iva Sliskovic, finished with a team-high 16 points for Angers.

British star Johannah Leedham is continuing to have the best season of her career and produced another superb contribution of 16 points, seven boards and five steals for Tango Bourges as they strolled past USO Mondeville 81-61.

The veteran experience of Gunta Basko-Melnbarde came in useful for Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration as they collected a 77-69 win against Charleville, with the Latvian racking up 22 points.

Helena Ciak continued making a case for her inclusion in the national team squad with 17 points and six rebounds.

In the last of the quarter-final clashes, Diene Diawara amassed a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds for Villeneuve d'Ascq who routed Tarbes Gespe Bigorre 66-46, despite the best efforts of Ukrainian forward Viktoria Mircheva, who harvested a creditable 15 points and eight boards.

 

FENERBAHCE TAKE DOWN KAYSERI

35. Angel McCoughtry (Fenerbahce)
Angel McCoughtry was influential in avenging the loss that Fenerbahce suffered to Kayseri Kaski spor earlier in the season

In the all-EuroLeague Women clash in the TKBL, second-placed Fenerbahce avenged their loss to Kayseri Kaski spor earlier in the season with a 67-57 road win at their rivals.

A strong 10-0 run in the fourth quarter helped the visitors, as did a wonderful 19 points and 11 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry.

The reply from Kayseri came from 14-points from Pinar Demirok, back on loan at the club having signed for Istanbul Universitesi last summer.

Galatasaray odeabank retained their lead after romping to a 82-62 win at home to Homend Antakya, thanks to Kelsey Bone and Shavonte Zellous sharing 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds each.

Universitesi had an eye-opening six players reach double-digits in scoring as they thrashed lowly TED Ankara 90-66, whilst Croatian forward Ana Lelas poured in 25 points as Mersin Buyuksehir outpaced Cehyan Belediye 87-76 to retain sixth spot.

Adana Botas are still fourth and heaped more woe on Tarsus Belediye with a 76-65 victory, meaning Tarsus are now being cut adrift with TED Ankara at the bottom of the table.

 

RIVAS SWEATING ON FITNESS OF GIL

Rivas Ecopolis are sweating on the fitness of Spanish national team forward Laura Gil after she sustained a worrying knee injury in a 73-45 Liga Femenina win against Mann Filter.

Queralt Casas scored 17 points for the EuroLeague Women side, but the main talking point after the game was Gil having to be helped off the court.

Leaders Perfumerias Avenida were again propelled by Eshaya Murphy as the guard amassed a stellar 31 points, eight steals and six rebounds to help her team come back against Gipuzkoa UPV and dig out a precious 76-73 success.

Elsewhere, former EuroLeague Women performer Shameka Christon exploded for 24 points to help Zamora collected a rare success with a 70-56 win at Cadi ICG Software.

Finally, Astou Ndour produced a typically power-packed 25 points and 11 rebounds for Gran Canaria 2014, but couldn't prevent her team's worrying loss of form as they slumped to an 80-76 home loss to Spar Uni Girona.


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