Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun looked to progress to the final of the Polish Cup as they hosted Gorzow Wielkopolski. After falling behind in the first half, a surge in the third quarter gave the team a lead that carried on to the end of the game as they won 73-59. Bridgette had another great game as she led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Julie Page added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jazmine Sepulveda had 16 points and 6 assists while ex-San Diego State player Paris Johnson had 10 points in the loss. Here is the boxscore: Click Here
Chante Black's team Shandong defeated last-place Henan 83-75, but Chante did not play.
In Tuesday action, Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards continued their win streak with a 103-93 win over the Qingdao Eagles as a fast start and a strong fouth quarter were enough to seal the win. Shavlik had 15 points and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes as Josh Akognon added 28 points and former Tennessee-Martin player Lester Hudson had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists in the loss.
David McClure and Kedainiai were back in Baltic League action although they were only hosting another Lithuanian team in the form of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The team withstood a late comback to win 68-63 with David providing 8 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. Ex-Wisconsin player Trevon Hughes had 14 points in the loss. Here is the box score: Click Here
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika Brno were back in Euroleague Women action with a trip to Krakow to face Wisla Can-Pak. Jasmine played all 40 minutes and had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, but it was not enough as the Polish hosts won 80-64. Ex Stanford player Nicole Powell had 19 points and 6 rebounds and their other WNBA player, Ewelina Kobryn, added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Thursday action started in Ukraine, where Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continued their domestic campaign with a game against Dnipro. It was a slow start for both the team and Daniel, but they rallied in the second half for a 71-64 win. Daniel had game highs of 17 points and 9 assists in 33 minutes as Radoslav Rancik added 15 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Washington State player Derrick Low had 16 points, ex-Arkansas player Charles Thomas had 14 points and 6 rebounds, French former UCLA player Jerome Moiso had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and the somewhat infamous Qyntel Woods had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
The quarterfinals of the Israeli Cup had Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv travel to second-tier side Hapoel Afula, which became a high-scoring affair that resulted in a 116-86 win for the visitors. Jon got extended minutes off the bench and ended up with 16 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. David Bluthenthal led the way with 25 points and Shawn James had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks. In the loss, ex-DII player Gregg Thondique had 20 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Auburn player Ronny Lemmele had 16 points. Here is the box score: Click Here
Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon had another league game as they went on the road to face Maccabi Ashdod. The game was a tough one as they fell 87-49 with Karima doing all she could with 18 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes as Kerri Gardin had 13 points and 12 rebounds with 9 turnovers from Italee Lucas being too tough to overcome. Ashley Shields, notable for being drafted right out of junior college by the WNBA, led all scorers with 28 points, the two WNBA players, Plenette Pierson and Tamera Young, added 15 and 10 points respectively, and former South Florida player Brittany Denson had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Here is the box score: Click Here
Here is a recap of the rest of the European competitions for the week.
Euroleague Women action continued as the main group stage got back into action. In Lithuania, star-studded Russian outfit UMMC Ekaterinburg defeated hosts VICI Aistes 88-56. Candace Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Deanna Nolan had 16 points and 6 assists, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had 15 points, and Sandrine Gruda had 10 points as Sue Bird also made her return to the court and in the losing effort, ex-St. Louis player Amanda Kemezys had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Also in the group, Spain's Ros Casares got a win in the Czech Republic over USK Prague 81-70. Their WNBA trio of Sancho Lyttle, Eshaya Murphy, and Maya Moore had 12, 11, and 10 points respectively as DeLisha Milton-Jones had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. In France, Bourges defeated their Polish guests Lotos Gdynia 65-49 with former George Washington player Cathy Joens scoring 18 points in the win and ex-Florida player Aneika Henry delivering 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. In Istanbul, Galatasaray pounded Hungarian team Gyor 99-46 behind its own star power. Diana Taurasi's 28 points, Tina Charles's 15 points, and Epiphany Prince's 10 points were more than enough to offset 19 points and 11 rebounds from Quanitra Hollingsworth.
In the other two groups, Turkey's Fenerbahce earned a 78-62 away win in Hungary over Sopron after gettin 18 points and 9 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry. Spain's Perfumerias Avenida won in France 98-69 over Tarbes. The WNBA duo of Erika Desouza and DeWanna Bonner drove the team with 22 points and 15 points and 14 rebounds respectively, but a few other players with a little experience here also helped as Rudy Fernandez's sister Marta had 20 points, Isabel Sanchez had 13 points, and ex-Harvard player Allison Feaster had 10 points. In Slovakia, Good Angels Kosice defeated Taranto from Italy 68-56. Ex-Purdue player Erin Lawless had 15 points and ex-Stanford player Kayla Pedersen added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the win while former Kansas State player Megan Mahoney had 15 points and ex-Rutgers player Kia Vaughn had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. In Spain, Rivas Ecopolis beat France's Lattes Montpellier 82-63 behind their WNBA duo as Asjha Jones had 31 points and 13 rebounds and Essence Carson had 17 points.
There were two more games on Thursday, as Spartak Moscow got a 79-60 away win in Croatia over Gospic. The winners were led by two WNBA players as Candice Dupree had 24 points and 8 rebounds and Becky Hammon had 17 points while ex-Syracuse player Julie McBride had 21 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. In Italy, Beretta-Famila defeated visiting Polish side Polkowice 85-67. A couple of former WNBA players led the charge as Cheryl Ford had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Laura Macchi had 16 points and ex-Furman player Jenifer Nadalin added 10 points. Greek player Evanthia Maltsi, who played one season in the WNBA, had 15 points in the loss.
The second-tier women's competition, the EuroCup Women had the first leg of their two-legged round of 16 hosted by the lower seed this week with 3 games on Wednesday. In Belgium, 4th seed Chevakata from defeated the 13th seed Young Cats 82-55 as Belgian ex-Drexel player Jasmina Rosseel had 12 points in the loss. An all-French affair saw 5th seed Arras win 73-50 over 12 seed Landes as the Drexel theme continues with their former Romanian player Gabriela Marginean, who had a brief WNBA sting, leading all scorers with 23 points in the win. 6th seed Union Hainaut of France edged past 11th seed Dexia Namur of Belgium 69-63 as ex-Louisiana Tech player Amisha Carter had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win and ex-Syracuse player Chandrea Jones had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Most of the action took place on Thursday, starting in Belarus, where the top seed, Dynamo Kursk from Russia pounded the 16th seed Horizont 82-55 as they got 13 points from their WNBA player, Michelle Snow. In Slovakia, the 9th seed, Ruzomberok, edged past the 8th seed from Turkey, Ankara 71-65. Swedish ex-Minnesota player Ann Andersson had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-UAB player Carmen Guzman added 14 points in the win as the Americans on the visitors were kept largely in check. In Spain, 10th seeded Gran Canaria defeated their 7th seeded visitors from Istanbul, Besiktas, 69-60. Ex-VCU player D'andra Moss had 17 points and 6 rebounds and ex-College of Charleston player Lisa Lee added 14 points as the hosts stifled the star power of their more famous visitors as Ebony Hoffman had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Candice Wiggins had 10 points in the loss. Turkish team and 14th seeded Kayseri beat 3rd seed defending champions Elizur Ramla from Israel 79-69. A trio of WNBA players led the way, as LaToya Pringle had 24 points and 7 rebounds, Le'coe Willingham had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Doneeka Hodges had 13 points, and ex-UConn player Barbara Turner, now also known as Bahar Ozturk, added 12 points and 7 rebounds as 19 points and 6 assists from ex-Maryland player Shay Doron was not enough. In France, 15th seed Mondeville upended 2nd seed Botas from Turkey 69-58. K.B. Sharp, who played for Cincinnati and in the WNBA, had 13 points and 6 assists in the win, while the trio with WNBA experience for the visitors scored all but 3 of their team's points as Monica Wright had 28 points, Quianna Chaney had 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Courtney Paris had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The third-tier men's competition, the EuroChallenge, started its second stage of 4 groups of 4 teams on Tuesday.
In Group I, German team EWE Baskets Oldenburg defeated their visitors from Latvia, Ventspils, 77-69. Former UNC Greensboro player Ronald Burrell had 20 points and 13 rebounds and ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding and ex-Siena player Kenny Hasbrouck had 15 points each in the win. In the loss, ex-New Mexico State player Jahmar Young had 16 points, and ex-Virginia player Mamadi Diane had 13 points. The other game in the group saw French team Chorale Roanne travel to the Netherlands to defeated Leiden 68-63. Former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 16 points and ex-Wyoming player Uche Nsonwu added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Portland State player Seamus Boxley and ex-UC Riverside player Sean Cunningham had 12 points each.
In Group J, France's Elan Chalon defeated Hungarian team Szolnoki Olaj 85-64. In the win, ex-Loyola (Illinois) player Blake Schilb had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 18 points and 10 rebounds, ex-NC State player Ilian Evtimov had 11 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney added 6 rebounds and 8 assists despite going 1 for 11 from the field. Former Alabama A&M player Obie Trotter had 18 points and 6 assists in the loss. In Belgium, Okapi Aalstar defeated visiting Telekom Baskets Bonn from Germany 98-86. In the win, six American players were the only ones in double figures as ex-Colorado player Christopher Copeland had 27 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Washington player Justin Holiday had 17 points, ex-UTEP player Stefon Jackson had 14 points, ex-Maine player Nick Fox had 13 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Michigan player Christopher Young had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and ex-UNLV player Kevin Kruger had 19 points. In the loss, ex-Valparaiso player Chris Ensminger had 22 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Marist player Jared Jordan had 15 points, Lithuanian ex-DII player Benas Veikalas had 13 points, and ex-Penn State player Talor Battle had 11 points.
In Group K, Spain's Fuenlabrada beat visiting Russian team Nizhny Novgorod 73-70. Czech ex-Valparaiso player Lubos Barton and ex-NAIA player Robert Joseph had 11 points each in the win as ex-St. Bonaventure player Ernest Bremer had 14 points in the loss. In Turkey, Besiktas defeated their Czech visitors Pardubice 78-70. Ex-Alabama player Erwin Dudley, who also goes by his Turkish name Ersin Dagli, had 22 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Arroyo had 17 points, and ex-Temple player David Hawkins had 13 points in the win. In the loss, ex-Western Carolina player Corey Muirhead had 17 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Austin Peay player Maurice Hampton had 13 points.
In Group L, Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka got a 90-75 win in Russia over Triumph Lyubertsy behind former Texas-Pan American player Mire Chatman's 29 points and 9 rebounds. The other game saw Germany's Artland Dragon's defeat Belgium's Antwerp Giants on the road 67-63. Ex-Canisius player Darren Fenn led the way in the win with 26 points and 8 rebounds, ex-UMass player Brandon Thomas had 12 points and 8 rebounds, former Miami of Ohio player Nathan Peavy had 10 points, and ex-Chicago State player David Holston had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. In the loss, another Canisius player provided the scoring as Darnell Wilson had 16 points and 6 rebounds, ex-UCLA player Michael Roll had 12 points, and ex-DII player Timothy Black had 10 points.