With the Euroleague’s Final Eight all set, the elite teams in Europe have briefly turned their full attention to domestic action. Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend.
Sunday was the finals of the Polish Cup competition, with Wisla Can-Pack Krakow facing Lotos Gdynia. The game was close throughout and Gdynia took a one-point lead to the final period, but Wisla rallied to win 81-75 and reign as cup holders for the first time since 2009, snapping a two-year Lotos run. Behind 19 points and seven boards, Ewelina Kobryn (right) was named MVP of the final game; teammate Nicole Powell (15 points, six boards) was MVP of the cup. Taj McWilliams had 12 points and seven rebounds and Erin Phillips had 11 points, five boards and five assists.
In Russia, Sue Bird played the role of passer in an 88-53 UMMC Ekaterinburg win over Vologda-Chevakata. Bird did not score but handed out seven assists in 25 minutes. She set up Sandrine Gruda, who scored 21 points, and Deanna Nolan, who scored 16, among others. Svetlana Abrosimova came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds and two assists.
Ros Casares Valencia got a bit of a test Saturday from RC Celta Baloncesto, but emerged with a 69-56 victory. Ann Wauters had 14 points and seven boards for Ros Casares, while Lauren Jackson and Jana Vesela scored 12 points apiece. Sancho Lyttle led the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Rebounding from an upset loss, Elizur Ramla topped Hapoel Rishon Lezion 79-75 today. Le’coe Willingham had game highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds for Ramla, Tanisha Wright scored 13 points and Alana Beard had 14. New Storm forward Victoria Dunlap, playing for Hapoel, had 16 points and 11 boards. So far this season, Dunlap is averaging 14.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
In a key showdown Saturday, Pecs 2010 fell to Uni Seat Gyor, 75-65. Allie Quigley scored 20 points with seven rebounds and four assists, but her performance was topped by 25 points from Nora Bujdoso for Gyor. The loss drops Pecs a game back of Gyor for second place in the Hungarian League with a matchup in next week’s final round against undefeated UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron.