This group had their first stage of games in two separate locations over two weekends with four teams in Riga and the other four in Piestany.
This pod featured two teams that return from last year in Russia’s Dynamo Moscow and Latvian powerhouse TTT Riga, who hosted this weekend. The other two teams are newcomers as Umea joined from Sweden and Samsun arrived from Turkey.
September 29, 2017
The first game was between the newcomers as Umea pulled off the 68-53 win over Samsun. The hosts had a great start by beating Dynamo Moscow 77-52 in the second game on Friday. The Russian side gave Kelsey Lang her professional debut and Lindsay Allen made her first appearance overseas.
Samsun vs. Umea 53-68 SAM White 16 Warley-Talbert 15/10r Putnina 8/7r Murphy 5 UME Mershon 12 Brown 12 Koop 8/12r Mazionyte 8/6r
TTT RIGA vs. Dynamo Moscow 77-52 TTT Basko-Melnbarde 19 Peddy 13/6s Veidere 10 Kreslina 9 Eglite 8 Malott 7/7r Stewart 4 DYM Medvedeva 16 Allen 9 Lang 4/7r
September 30, 2017
Saturday brought a pair of excellent games. Umea won again as Tiffany Brown led them past Albina Razheva and Dynamo Moscow 71-69. Shey Peddy led the hosts in the next game as they beat AIja Putnina and Samsun 72-68.
Umea vs. Dynamo Moscow 71-69 UME Brown 24 Mazionyte 19/12r Kvederaviciute 14 Koop 3/9r DYM Razheva 30/8r Allen 13/6r Lang 5
Samsun vs. TTT Riga 68-72 SAM Putnina 20/8r Murphy 18 Warley-Talbert 13/8r White 8 TTT Peddy 25/7a Krastina 13 Malott 13 Basko-Melnbarde 6/6r Eglite 5 Stewart 2/7r Kreslina 2
October 1, 2017
Sunday’s games matched the winless and undefeated teams against each other. Avery Warley-Talbert led Samsun past Dynamo Moscow 70-48. TTT Riga finished defending their home turf with a 59-47 win over Umea.
Dynamo Moscow vs. Samsun 48-70 DYM Medvedeva 18 Allen 4 Lang 2 SAM Warley-Talbert 22/12r Murphy 18 Putnina 13/6r White 0/6a
TTT Riga vs. Umea 59-47 TTT Malott 18/7r Peddy 18/6r Eglite 4 Stewart 2 Kreslina Basko-Melnbarde 0 UME Bas 14/10r Mazionyte 12/7r Brown 6 Koop 4
The other half of this group started their tournament in Slovakia. Piestanske Cajky was the host as this pod was filled with other familiar names. Tsmoki-Minsk from Belarus, Sirenos from Lithuania, and Astana Tigers from Kazakhstan made their return to the competition. The hosts eased past Astana 83-47.
October 5, 2017
Thursday’s games started with Viktoryia Hasper and Tsmoki fending off Dovile Saurazaite and Sirenos 69-63 as Kai James also made her professional debut. The hosts then beat Astana 83-47.
Tsmoki-Minsk vs. Sirenos 69-63 TSM Hasper 20 James 15/9r Theriot 13 SIR Saurazaite 21 Segzdaite 10/7r Knyzaite 10
Piestanske Cajky vs. Astana Tigers 83-47 PIE Slamova 16 Boyd 13 Palenikova 13 Jakubcova 6 Smith 4 AST Kurazova 16 Yagodkina 10
October 6, 2017
On Friday, Tsmoki won again, this time beating Astana 62-43. Piestanske Cajky continued to wipe out their disappointment from other competitions with a 66-56 win over Sirenos.
Tsmoki-Minsk vs. Astana Tigers 62-43 TSM James 16/7r Lapo 14/6r Theriot 4 AST Yagodkina 16 Astapenko 8
Sirenos vs. Piestanske Cajky 56-66 SIR Ogorodnikova 14/6r Bilotserkivska 11 PIE Kasparkova 18/7r Slamova 14 Palenikova 12 Jakubcova 6 Smith 2/9r
October 7, 2017
The two winless teams faced off first on Saturday as Sirenos beat Astana 66-47. Kai James had an incredible game for Tsmoki, but Piestanske Cajky won the battle of undefeated teams 60-59.
Astana Tigers vs. Sirenos 47-66 AST Yagodkina 19/8r Kondrakova 10 SIR Bilotserkivska 13 Knyzaite 10/8r Druskyte 10/7r
Piestanske Cajky vs. Tsmoki-Minsk 60-59 PIE Smith 18/7r Palenikova 15 Slamova 10 Jakubcova 2 TSM James 33/14r Hasper 12/7r Theriot 4/8a