It is near the end of the first stage of league play and there were several key games in the race for divisional positioning. All teams except the two military-affiliated teams now have a foreign player after Ashley Paris joined Shandong. The big battle in the South Division was won by Shanghai 70-64 as Elizabeth Cambage and Yelena Leuchanka battled to a draw individually. Bayi beat winless Shandong 93-88 to stay in third place. In a battle of Chicago Sky teammates, Jessica Breland and Jiangsu beat Cheyenne Parker and Henan 94-83. The big game in the North Division saw Xinjiang remain undefeated by beating Shanxi 76-62. Tina Charles put in the strongest individual performance [Read more…]
After five seasons with the WNBA President Laurel Richie will be stepping down effective November 9th to “pursue other interests.” Mark Tatum, the Deputy Commissioner of the NBA, will serve as interim president until a replacement is found for Richie. In what may come as a surprise to many actually isn’t that surprising at all. After all, on the eve of the start of the 2015 WNBA playoffs your boss, Adam Silver proclaims to the media that the WNBA is not where “we hoped it would be” and that “we thought it would have broken through by now.” Doesn’t sound like very encouraging words if you asked me. And it definitely doesn’t sound like someone in support of the person that is running your league. More recently Richie was no where to be found during the unveiling of The Dallas Wings new name and team logo which was a telltale sign that something unusual was going on and today we learned why. [Read more…]
One team remains undefeated as Xinjiang took care of business at Shenyang with Wang Lili using a great shooting performance to be the leading non-foreign scorer in the round. Penny Taylor took overall scoring honors for the day as Shanxi won a statement game against Beijing. Also in the North Division, Liaoning kept Heilongjiang winless. The two teams leading the South Division managed close wins as Guangdong beat Jiangsu and Shanghai had a tougher than expected time with winless Shandong. Bayi beat Henan to stay in the top half of the division. [Read more…]
After moving from Detroit to Tulsa in 2010 the Shock are moving again but this time they are leaving the name behind. After six seasons in Tulsa the Shock announced this summer that they would be relocating to the Dallas Fort Worth area. Today Full Court Partners, LLC, the ownership group of the relocating team introduced the new name and team logo. A news conference was held at College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, which will serve as the team’s home court this season. In front of team owners, players, WNBA officials and new fans the team unveiled it’s blue and yellow colors and Pegasus inspired design and the former Tulsa Shock became the Dallas Wings.
After having their best performance yet in Tulsa this past season where they led the western conference before their superstar Skylar Diggins suffered a torn ACL the Shock look to pick up where they left off in Arlington. Majority owner Bill Cameron says the Wings are “a young and dynamic team with tremendous upside.” In attendance, Wing player Skylar Diggins spoke on what to expect from the team this summer. “We are the market disrupters,” Diggins said. “We are the team that you don’t want to play. We’re not nice. We’re going to be in your face the whole game.” They certainly will be a team to watch this summer. NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum calls the Dallas-Fort Worth area “home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world.” Lets see if they show up to support their new franchise. However, the jury is still out on whether or not we like the new team name… What do you think?
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…]
The Korean league finally got underway this Saturday with two teams who finished fifth and sixth last season. Very much improved this game needed overtime to decide its winner. Hana Bank defeated Winnus KDB by four in the extra period despite their star Charde Houston fouling out. Pierson had a dominant game but it wasn’t enough to give KDB their first win of the season.
Hana Bank vs. Winnus KDB 84-80(OT) Han Houston 27/8 (31min) Mosby 5/4 (13min) Chelsea Lee 13/10 (28min) KDB Pierson 27/9 (37min) Baugh 4/3 (8min) [Read more…]
USK Praha got great news this round from their win over Karlovy Vary as Sonja Petrovic took the court for the first time this season. Also in Sunday games, Nymburk remained undefeated by beating Slovanka and Krystal Vaughn had the strongest individual performance in an overwhelming win for Slavia Praha against winless Strakonice. Earlier on Saturday, Kara Trutnov beat Brno to keep pace with the teams at the top of the standings. Hradec Kralove won at Valosun Brno and a battle of teams trying to climb from the bottom of the standings saw VS Praha beat Ostrava. [Read more…]
There was a game from Round 8 moved up to Wednesday before the Round 7 games took place on Saturday.
October 28th, 2015
Rapid vs. Alexandria 43-68 RAP Bejan 10 Ene 9 ALE Arnold 25/10a Voicu 13/6r Brown 12/11r
October 31, 2015
Satu Mare vs. ICIM Arad 38-97 SAT Vilcinschi 15 Voicu 5 ARA Dyer 26/9r Gill 22/12r Reid 19/8r/6a McCarthy 12/6r
Timisoara vs. Brasov 61-72 TIM Stankovic 19 Mitov 16 Lough 11 Wilson 7/9r Grbic 0 BRA Bartee 25/19r Irimia 17/10r Sharpe 14/6r Pesovic 11/6r
Alba Iulia vs. Cluj Napoca 59-52 ALB King 18 Webb 16 Antic 10 Abel 6/6a Logan 1 CLU Grimes 15/8r Prlja 10/9r/6a Ferenczi 10 Clark 4/7r Wilson 2
Sf. Gheorghe vs. Rapid 125-26 SEP Tavic 23/8a Jeffery 22/8r/10a Marshall 18/6a Pierre-Louis 14/6r Evans 13/11r Lazar 10 Faleru 6/6r RAP Burlakova 13 Bejan 4
Galati vs. Targoviste 61-67 GAL Walter 19 McKenzie 15/8r Rochel 9 Frost 4/6r TAR Cosby 25 Toma 13/8r Thompson 10/6r Wampler 8/6r Principe 6 Williams 0
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
Powerhosue Wasserburg stayed undefeated, but it is one of the newcomers that continues to impress as Keltern survived a tough game to also move to 7-0. In a battle of winless teams, it was the other new team in the league, Osnabruck, that lost to Oberhausen. Herner and Saarlouis got wins to keep pace with the top teams and Halle stays in the top half of the standings after a win.
October 31, 2015
Keltern vs. Rotenburg 83-74 GSK Mendy 19 Hjelle 15/13r Guay 15/7a Mahlknecht 10/10r Kenyon 7/6r AHRS Skuballa 21 Mallard 19/10r Mankertz 12 Selby 10 Pakulat 4/7r Rodriguez 0
Halle vs. Donau-Ries 83-66 SVH Taraseva 26 Hebecker 14/9r Ederaine 14/6r Hartmann 13/6r Engeln 4 DON Sigmon 19 Womack 10/6r Schlegel 6/11r Parsons 4
Marburg vs. Herner 62-70 BCM Baker 15 Yohn 6/6r Lee 4 Koppl 0 HTC Greinacher 17/7r Mersch 14 Davis 13/6r Amojo 11 Harris 0
Oberhausen vs. Osnabruck 66-62 NBO J. Williams 24/9r Stiller 11 M. Williams 8/8r Maticka 8 Menz 5 OSC Thomas 14/15r McDaniel 13/11r Kovacevic 12 Rees 6 Davis 4/7r
Wasserburg vs. Freiburg 83-61 WBG Raincock-Ekunwe 18/8r Peddt 14/10s Sten 14 Brunckhorst 12 Lucet 10/9r USC Dzirma 20/6r K. Williams 12/6r/6a A. Williams 10/8r Pullins 6
Saarlouis vs. Chemnitz 90-68 TVS Niedola 18/9r Barnert 17/6r Tisdale 12 Costa 8 Dowe 6/9r CCC Koop 29/11r Halasz 12 Buck 10 Bejtic 10 Ruffin 2 Shields 0