26 September, 2017
22 April, 2018
8. Edwige LAWSON-WADE (France)
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Lawson-Wade lands BLMA role, Batkovic hits an amazing 40 and Fagbenle fuels CCC  

MUNICH (EuroLeague Women/EuroCup Women) – In an eventful few days around Europe, Edwige Lawson-Wade is to get BLMA flying again, Suzy Batkovic erupts in LFB and Temi Fagbenle shines for CCC Polkowice.

Lawson-Wade lands BLMA Sporting Director role

Former French national team star Edwige Lawson-Wade has been handed the task of getting struggling BLMA back on track. She has been appointed as the club's new Sporting Director and will be keen to get things back on an upward curve. The team finished EuroLeague Women with the worst record of any club at 1-13 last week, but at least squeezed out a 93-88 win at Tarbes as Suzy Batkovic posted one of the best performances in LFB history. She finished with a spectacular 40 points and 16 rebounds in an amazing outing.

Elsewhere in the LFB, Tango Bourges Basket are looking more imperious with every passing week as they consolidated top spot with an 83-64 win at Mondeville, with Marine Johannes putting on yet another show. She stuffed the highlights reel again and contributed 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

A 15-point and 11-rebound haul from Mame Marie Sy Diop carried ESBVA-LM to a comfortable 76-57 triumph at home to Saint-Amand, Queralt Casas plundered 20 points for Basket Landes as they surged past Roche Vendee 81-69 and Canadian powerhouse Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe registered 16 points and 12 rebounds as Nantes Reze edged out Lyon 68-64.

Besiktas bite struggling Galatasaray

There was more misery in an Istanbul derby for Galatasaray as they slumped to an 8-9 league record, this time falling 80-81 at home to Besiktas. They were undone by a brilliant 17 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds by Erica Wheeler, as well as 15 points and 10 rebounds from Iva Radosavljevic.

Fenerbahce won their derby by beating Istanbul Universitesi 75-63, with five different players all scoring exactly 10 points. Leaders Yakin Dogu Universitesi took an 84-72 win at Agu Spor as Kayla McBride came alive with 28 points.

Mersin and Hatay are still in good form and continue to push hard in the top four, with Mersin 84-67 conquerors of Adana Aski after Bria Hartley poured in 30 points, while Hatay ran out comfortable 62-79 winners at Samsun, as Courtney Paris finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists.

Fagbenle and CCC Polkowice pick up a big win in Poland

There was a big victory for CCC Polkowice in the BLK as they beat second-place Artego Bydgoszcz 81-71. It was founded on a sensational 22 points and 12 boards for Great Britain's Temi Fagbenle who made 9-of-12 from the field.

There was also a nice haul of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Greece national team forward, Artemis Spanou who celebrated with the locals afterwards. 

Wisla CANPACK have not had a great few weeks domestically but are back on a winning track after easing past Ostrovia Ostrow 77-65. Lithuanian Giedre Labuckiene shot 70 percent from the floor for her 17 points.

Monika Grigalauskyte signed off ahead of international duties with Lithuania by posting 10 points and 10 boards as Energa Torun came up with arguably their best win of the campaign as they smashed past defending champions Sleza Wroclaw 72-49.

Anderson and Yacoubou twin turbos for Schio

The rich vein of form shown recently by Jolene Anderson and Isabelle Yacoubou continued for Famila Schio over the weekend. The former, who has signed a training contract with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA this summer, added 20 points in a 65-78 win at Passalacqua Ragusa. Yacoubou amassed 21 points and 9 rebounds.

There was also a win for Reyer Venezia as Martina Bestagno led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finalists crushed Battipaglia 78-40.

Elsewhere in Europe

Perfumerias Avenida had to make an escape at Star Centre Uni Ferrol after sneaking a 71-68 win in Liga Femenina.

Angelica Robinson dropped 19 points and 11 rebounds for the leaders as they strengthened their grip on top. They are still being chased by Spar Citylift Girona who won 87-50 at home to Lacturale Art Araski, thanks mainly to 21 points from Astou Traore.

KSC Szekszard protected their perfect record in Hungary by beating CMB Cargo Uni Gyor 80-70, with Teja Oblak impressing after netting 18 points. Second placed Sopron Basket overwhelmed VBW CEKK Cegled 73-52 on the road as Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points.