With Lauren Jackson watching in street clothes from the bench, her new (old) Canberra TransAct Capitals squad fell victim to a familiar foe on Sunday. Storm teammate Suzy Batkovic-Brown scored a season-high-tying 31 points as the host Sydney Uni Acuvue Flames defeated Canberra 76-66. With the win, their sixth straight, the Flames moved into second place in the WNBL. Batkovic-Brown dominated the paint, shooting 13-of-21 from the field and pulling down 12 rebounds.
The impressive stretch has seen Sydney beat most of the other top contenders in the WNBL. Still, the competition is tight after 10-1 Bulleen, who sits top of table. The Flames and Bendigo are tied at 8-3, with Townsville (7-3) a half-game back and Canberra and Adelaide (both 7-5) lurking. The Capitals will become much more dangerous when Jackson returns to game action, possibly as soon as next weekend.
In Europe, K.V. Imperial AEL continued unbeaten in EuroCup play with a 62-53 home win on Thursday over Dynamo Kursk. Defense and balanced scoring carried Imperial on a day when the team shot just 27.3 percent on two-point shots. Tanisha Wright’s 15 points led Imperial, but six players scored at least eight points in the win. Included was Camille Little, who added 12 rebounds and four steals to her eight points. (That actually dropped Little’s rebound average slightly to 12.3 per game, good for third in EuroCup play.) Imperial forced 26 Kursk turnovers and limited Atlanta center Michelle Snow to five points on 2-of-7 shooting. At 3-0, Imperial is atop Group H at the midway point of pool play, having beaten each of the other teams in the group.
Wisla Can-Pack fell 83-76 Sunday in PLKK Polish League play to undefeated and league-leading AZS Gorzow. Janell Burse, who played just 21 minutes, had nine points and four rebounds. Wisla, which struggled early in the season before Burse and Iziane Castro Marques arrived, is now fifth in the league at 7-4.