Ho hum. Another week, another victory in Euroleague play for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow, who continues to dominate Group B. Wisla defeated its biggest rival in the group, Halcon Avenida, by a 62-58 final on Wednesday. Trailing 56-54 with 2:47 to play, Wisla got a free throw from Marta Fernandez, the go-ahead bucket from Iziane Castro Marques, a three from Liron Cohen and a jumper from Janell Burse for an 8-0 run over the ensuing two and a half minutes. By the time Avenida finally got on the scoreboard again, eight seconds remained and the game was decided.
Burse came up big for Wisla once again, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 12 rebounds and four assists. Fernandez added 19 points. Atlanta All-Star Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and eight boards for Avenida, who is 4-0 against everyone else but has dropped both matchups with Wisla. Beretta Famila Schio is also 4-2, with Wisla leading Group B by two games.
K.V. Imperial AEL saw its undefeated run in the EuroCup come to an end Thursday, losing 78-54 to Municipal Targoviste. Camille Little had 14 points and seven rebounds, but just one other Imperial player (Biljana Pesovic, who had 18) scored double-figures. Tanisha Wright could never find a rhythm, scoring three points on 1-of-5 shooting. She handed out five assists. Shay Doron led Targoviste with 21 points. The two teams are tied atop Group H at 3-1, having split two head-to-head matchups.
- We’ve posted a really fun video recap of last month’s Goodwill Glitter Gala, in which Storm center Ashley Robinson modeled. Check out this neat look at Robinson and others on the catwalk.
- Congratulations to Anne Donovan, the former head coach of the Storm, who has been promoted to the same position in New York. Donovan took over the Liberty midway through last season in an interim role.
- Lastly, the WNBA announced today two rules changes for the 2010 season expanding the use of instant replay. Referees will now have the opportunity to use replay on possible 24-second violations as well as to determine possession on out-of-bounds plays in the final minute of regulation or any overtime period. As has been the case in the past, these changes align WNBA replay rules with what is newly being used in the NBA this season.