Roundup: Dynamo Kursk make big statement in Russia
ORENBURG (EuroLeague Women / EuroCup Women) – There was an eye-catching result in the Russian Premier League over the weekend as Dynamo Kursk posted a stunning road win at fellow EuroLeague Women competitors Nadezhda.
MONDELO WINS BATTLE OF SPANISH COACHES
Led by their Spanish play-caller Lucas Mondelo who was going up against his compatriot Roberto Iniguez, the visitors completed a brilliant 83-51 victory. Maria Vadeeva, Epiphanny Prince, Elena Kirillova and Anna Cruz all posted double-figure scoring returns to delight the travelling supporters.
Leaders UMMC Ekaterinburg stormed to an 117-72 win at home to Chevakata as Diana Taurasi netted 26 points, with MBA Moscow and Dynamo Novosibirsk picking up handy wins on their travels against Kazanochka and Spartak Noginsk respectively.
NO SLOWING DOWN BOUDERRA
It's become a weekly ritual to report on another dazzling campaign by point guard Amel Bouderra. This time the playmaker poured in a spectacular 32 points and eight assists as Flammes Carolo Basket stayed top by outlasting Basket Landes 87-82.
Tango Bourges Basket picked up a sixth loss of the season as they went down 64-59 at a resurgent Mondeville, while ESBVA-LM were also defeated as they fell short 74-68 at BLMA in an all-EuroLeague Women clash.
Cavigal Nice Basket continued their poor run as they were outpaced 75-70 at lowly Tarbes, with Nantes Reze easing their way to a 92-71 win at Hainaut Basket as Canadian duo Katherine Plouffe and Shona Thorburn combined for 50 points.
HURST HEROICS SAVES HATAY
Hatay BSB won a 71-70 thriller against Botas with Australian guard Natalie Hurst not only firing 23 points, but also getting a buzzer-beater to drop - much to the appreciation of the locals in Antakya.
A double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds from Jantel Lavender helped Fenerbahce to bounce back from a rare loss in EuroLeague Women last week as the Turkish League leaders eventually rode past closest challengers Yakin Dogu Universitesi 76-64.
The visitors are now tied in second with Galatasaray who had 18 points from Astou Traore in a comfortable 76-66 win at MBK Dogus Hastanesi. It was Chelsea Gray who proved a difference-maker for Bellona Agu as they dug out a 65-60 win in Kayseri against Samsun as the swingman scored 16 points.
Elsewhere, Mersin were undone 68-54 at Besiktas as Croatia national team guard Shavonte Zellous came up with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
CRVENDAKIC STILL SHINING
Serbian ace Aleksandra Crvendakic top scored with 19 points for reigning Hungarian champions Uniqa Sopron as her side took an 80-67 triumph at PINKK-Pesci 424. Zsofia Simon and Cyesha Goree shared 34 points for second-placed CMB Cargo Uni Gyor who won 74-67 at ZTE.
Maja Skoric lit it up for VBW CEKK Cegled with 20 points as the home side rode past BEAC Ujbuda 79-58 - also helped by 18 points from star playmaker Dora Medgyessy.
A 17-point haul from Rita Rasheed propelled Aluinvent Miskolc to an 89-50 win against Vasas Akademia. Rising star Dorka Juhasz had 11 points and 12 rebounds for PEAC-Pecs as they held off MTK-Budapest 66-57.
ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
Perfumerias Avenida are still in pole position in Spain after downing IDK Gipuzkoa 74-59 as Adaora Elonu dropped 21 points. Spar Citylift Girona are still chasing after sweeping aside Extremadura 75-56 as Leonor Rodriguez and Artemis Spanou combined for 42 points.
Vanessa Gidden corralled 20 points and 10 boards for Wisla Can-Pack as they beat TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wielkopolski 91-65, but CCC Polkowice tripped up 72-64 at Artego Bydgoszcz.
Endene Miyem's 22 points took Italian powerhouse Beretta Famila Schio to an 84-59 win at Carispezia La Spezia as they continue their quest to overhaul leaders Gesam Gas Lucca.