In her first game in Italy since being selected by the Seattle Storm in the Dispersal Draft, Chelsea Newton squared off against Storm 10th Anniversary Team member Adia Barnes in a game yesterday between their respective teams, Liomatic Umbertide and G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli. Umbertide worked overtime for a 65-59 victory behind 20 points from Newton, who also grabbed nine rebounds. Barnes had 10 points and six boards, while her teammate Tamecka Dixon scored 11 points.
Newton is one of the veterans on a young Umbertide squad that also includes imports Aisha Mohammed (a Virginia product who was in training camp with Minnesota last spring), Liene Jansone (a star for the Latvian National Team, which played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics) and Belgian forward Evelien Callens (who was recruited to UNLV but could not secure eligibility from the NCAA). With Sunday’s win, Umbertide improved to 5-6 and a tie for sixth place in LegA Basket Femminile heading into the holiday break.
Swin Cash’s WCBA season has resumed in China, and on Saturday she put together a big game in Guangdong Asia Aluminum’s 84-80 win over Shandong Ticai. Cash scored 32 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the free throw line, and had 12 rebounds – six on both the offensive and defensive glass. Guangdong Asia Aluminum is now 5-1.
The Polish PLKK All-Star Game will be played on Jan. 9, and Storm center Janell Burse was an obvious choice for the 11-player team. Burse is joined by Wisla Can-Pack teammate Marta Fernandez and WNBA players Alana Beard and Sidney Spencer. Burse was needed for less than 10 minutes of action in Saturday’s 83-66 league win over Odra Brzeg.
The Sydney Uni Acuvue Flames finished up before the holiday break by narrowly avoiding an upset at the hands of the BDS Logan Thunder. Sydney escaped 75-73, getting the go-ahead three-pointer with a minute and a half left from Deanna Smith. Suzy Batkovic-Brown dominated for the Flames, scoring 35 points on 12-of-26 shooting with eight rebounds. Batkovic-Brown went to the free throw line 16 times. Former Phoenix Mercury guard Kristen Veal led Logan by scoring 22 points and knocking down five three-pointers.