Playing at Canberra’s AIS Arena for the first time since returning to the TransAct Capitals, Lauren Jackson put together a big game Friday night. Jackson scored 25 points in just over 26 minutes of action, shooting 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 beyond the arc. She added eight rebounds. The effort helped Canberra overcome a feisty Dandenong Rangers squad that led much of the first half. The Capitals ended up winning going away, 83-60. Marianna Tolo also delivered a big game for Canberra, posting 16 points, eight boards and six blocks.
The outcome was not so good Friday for the Sydney Uni Acuvue Flames, who fell 89-80 at the Townsville Fire Friday, snapping an eight-game winning streak. Suzy Batkovic-Brown was valiant ind defeat, scoring 26 points and shooting 11-of-19 from the field with six rebounds. The outcome leaves Sydney and Townsville tied for second in the WNBL at 10-4 apiece, with Canberra a half-game back at 10-5. Sydney will visit Logan on Sunday before the WNBL breaks until 2010 for the holidays.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Wisla Can-Pack won a game in Euroleague. Behind 28 points and 17 boards from Janell Burse, Wisla crushed ESB Lille Metropole 93-73.
“I am very happy,” said Burse, who outrebounded Lille on the offensive glass 10-5 all by herself. “I think that the first quarter was great for my team – very aggressive on offense and on defense.”
It was a rough finish to group play for K.V. Imperial AEL, which lost 78-52 at Kursk Dynamo despite 15 points and five rebounds from Tanisha Wright. Though Imperial finished tied with Kursk and Municipal Targoviste, all three teams going 4-2 in Group H, point differential dropped Imperial – which had led the group entering Thursday’s game – to third place. Imperial will face Dunav Econt Ruse as the EuroCup moves into its playoffs, starting with the Sixteenth-Finals. Those games will be played on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14.
In Israel, Maccabi Ashdod has risen to second place in D-I with an 8-2 record. On Monday, Ashdod defeated Raanana Hertzeliya by an 86-64 final. Ashley Walker’s 25 points led all scorers, and she also pulled down nine boards. Walker is averaging 20.8 points (sixth), 6.8 boards and 2.4 assists per game and ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.594).