The weekend of games started in exciting fashion as SEQ beat Sydney 97-89 in overtime to ensure that they would end the weekend atop the standings. Also on Friday, Bendigo won in Perth 73-67. On Saturday, Townsville won at Dandenong 83-75 and Melbourne won 91-63 in Canberra to continue the trend of strong showings for the road teams. On Sunday, Adelaide surprised Bendigo 76-68 to record their first win. The round of games finished Monday as Melbourne beat Townsville 84-75 despite the second impressive performance of the week by Suzy Batkovic. [Read more…]
It is now past the midway point of the first portion of the season in China. Xinjiang remains the only unbeaten team, keeping Heilongjiang winless 96-58. Beijing tries to keep pace in the North as they beat Liaoning 66-53. Shanxi continues to await their star as they lost 59-56 to Shenyang. In the South, the two teams at the top are still tied. Guangdong beat Henan 81-66 and Elizabeth Cambage was the leading scorer of the round again as Shanghai beat Bayi 82-75. Jiangsu kept Shandong winless with an 81-60 win.
Guangdong vs. Henan 81-66 Guangdong Leuchanka 25/15r Huang 17/9r Henan Sun 18 Parker 12/9r
Bayi vs. Shanghai 75-82 Bayi Sun MX 22 Sun MR 17 Shanghai Cambage 29/11r Huang 18/6r
Jiangsu vs. Shandong 81-60 Jiangsu Jin 15 Chen 12 Breland 9/16r Shandong Wang 12 Yu 11
Liaoning vs. Beijing 53-66 Liaoning Wang 19/6r Braxton 17/7r Beijing Fowles 17/14r Zhang 12 Gao 12
Shanxi vs. Shenyang 56-59 Shanxi Wei 18/9r Taylor 12 Shenyang Liu 16 Jin 15/8r
Heilongjiang vs. Xinjiang 58-96 Heilongjiang Ji 20/7r McIntyre 14/8r Xinjiang Charles 27/11r Peng 22
After a pair of qualifying games determined the last team to play in the group stage, the main portion of the competition started this week with games spread across Wednesday and Thursday. The 32 teams were divided roughly geographically with 16 teams from the more eastern half of Europe split among Groups A through D. Group E through H consisted of 16 teams from the more western half of Europe. In this round, each teams plays a six game double round robin schedule. The top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.
Games this week got a rare Tuesday start as Castors Braine built a big lead on their Spanish visitors in Belgium on their way to a 73-60 win. Defending champions USK Praha are still trying to get their healthy full strength roster together as they were unable to win in Orenburg in Russia as Nadezhda held on by a 58-54 margin. The team they beat in the final, UMMC Ekaterinburg, remains the only unbeaten team after they dominated the second half in Poland to win 88-52 over Wisla Krakow, which stays winless. An exciting game in France closed Wednesday Group B action as Bourges needed overtime to overcome their visitors from Abdullah Gul University 63-57, earning their first win of the season and handing the Turkish team their first loss.
All of the Group A games were on Wednesday, starting in Russia, where an overwhelming performance by Nneka Ogwumike powered Dynamo Kursk past their Italian visitors 63-58. It was also close in Slovakia as Good Angels Kosice welcomed Turkey’s Galatasaray and won 54-59. Sopron built an early lead in Hungary, but Spain’s Avenida fought back and nearly completed a comeback before losing 73-67. Fenerbahce made the trip from Turkey to France and trailed heading into the final quarter at Villeneuve before a huge run helped them to a 69-55 win to close out another exciting week of EuroLeague action as teams continue to fight for quarterfinal spots.
Xinjiang was victorious again to remain the only unbeaten team in the league as they continue to lead the North Division. Sylvia Fowles, the latest foreign player to arrive, provided an immediate boost to Beijing. Guangdong returned to winning ways after getting Yelena Leuchanka back as she missed the last game, their only loss of the season. Elizabeth Cambage continues to contribute some of the strongest statistical performances as Shanghai kept pace in the South Division.
Henan vs. Shanghai 72-79 Henan Huang 27 Parker 20/14r Shanghai Cambage 36/11r/6b Huang 13
Shandong vs. Guangdong 61-96 Shandong Wang 14/7r/6a Ji 10 Guangdong Leuchanka 30/14r Huang 18/8r
Bayi vs. Jiangsu 78-72 Bayi Sun 23/11r Zhang 16/6r Jiangsu Breland 19/10r Li 18
Beijing vs. Shenyang 76-63 Beijing Fowles 27/6r Gao 12/7r Shenyang Jin 28 Li 10
Xinjiang vs. Liaoning 81-60 Xinjiang Charles 25/12r Wang 19 Liaoning Liang 14 Braxton 11
Shanxi vs. Heilongjiang 71-51 Shanxi Taylor 18/8r Wei 16/7r Heilongjiang McIntyre 15/10r Ji 11