A few overseas notes since yesterday’s post:
- In Israeli D-I action last night, Maccabi Ashdod survived an upset bid by Maccabi Tel Kabir, which entered the game 1-5 on the season. Ashdod’s lead was just one point with a minute to play before the team scored the game’s final five points, starting with a three assisted by Ashley Walker, to win 78-72. The Storm forward had four assists to go along with 14 points and six boards in the game. Teammate Courtney Paris contributed 25 points and 22 rebounds.
- Looks like Lauren Jackson’s return to game action will have to wait until the weekend of Dec. 12-13, as Jackson will apparently not play for the Canberra TransAct Capitals this weekend at Bendigo.
- The WNBL has named Suzy Batkovic-Brown the league Player of the Week for last weekend’s slate of games. In a win over Jackson’s Capitals, Batkovic-Brown had 31 points and 12 rebounds. It’s the second straight week she’s been named the WNBL’s top player.
“I’d be happy if I didn’t score a point and we won,” said Batkovic-Brown, “so getting a road win and putting up some decent numbers is even better. We’re coming together as a team and that makes my job easier.”
The WNBA is all about voting right now:
- The Storm’s photo of the year, featuring guard Sue Bird celebrating a big play at New York (at right), has advanced to the quarterfinals in WNBA.com’s Photo of the Year contest. The current vote features a photo with Storm ties – the collection of UConn players, including Bird and Swin Cash, with their former Head Coach Geno Auriemma at the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game.
- The new Tulsa frachise is inviting fans to help choose its name from among three options: Shock, Fire and Tempo. Cast your vote here.