A week after her former teammate in Cyprus Tanisha Wright landed in Poland, Camille Little has also found a new offseason home. Little has joined Israeli club Maccabi Ramat Hen and will be competing against Storm teammate Ashley Walker, who plays for Maccabi Ashdod.
Little made her Israeli debut on Monday, and it was a big one. Ramat Hen defeated Elizur Ramla 73-72 on the road in a matchup of two teams who are close in the standings (at 9-7, Ramat Hen is ahead on points, but 10-4 Ramla has the better winning percentage). Little had 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. She is playing with Tiffany Jackson of the New York Liberty (who had 25 points and 10 boards) and free agent guard Dominique Canty, who spent last season with the Chicago Sky (14 points, six boards).
Walker, meanwhile, scored 24 points in 25 minutes in a 92-71 blowout win over Maccabi Tel Kabir. She shot 9-of-13 from the field and added 11 rebounds. Ashdod improved to 12-3 with the win.
Lauren Jackson was named the WNBL Player of the Week after scoring 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting in just 32 minutes in a 79-75 Canberra TransAct Capitals win over Dandenong. She added seven rebounds. Combined with a Townsville loss, the win moved Canberra into a tie for second in the WNBL at 12-5.
On the schedule for next Saturday: A highly anticipated showdown between Jackson and her Storm teammate Suzy Batkovic-Brown with second place in the WNBL on the line. Batkovic’s Brown’s Sydney Acuvue Flames moved to 13-4, a game ahead of the Caps, with Saturday’s 101-86 victory over Logan. Batkovic-Brown was the game’s high scorer, putting up 30 points, making half of her 20 shot attempts.
Spartak Moscow Region kept rolling with an 88-77 win at Nadezhda on Sunday. Sue Bird paced the Spartak attack with 11 assists. Four of her teammates scored double-figures, while Bird had just four points with her focus on playmaking.
A tough loss yesterday for Chelsea Newton and Liomatic Umbertide, which fell 49-44 to Famila Wuber Schio. Umbertide came close to upsetting the No. 2 team in LegA Basket on the road. Newton scored 10 points and grabbed four boards in a game that was a defensive struggle.
In Polish PLKK play, both teams with Storm ties blew out lesser opponents over the weekend. Wisla Can-Pack beat UTEX Row Rybnik by a 100-53 final, while Lotos Gdynia took down Artego by an identical 47-point margin, 104-57. Janell Burse had 11 points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Wright also played 16 minutes for Lotos Gdynia, handing out eight assists and scoring four points.
Swin Cash led Guangdong Asia Aluminum to another win by a 95-69 final over Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Cash paced her team with 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, drawing 11 fouls and grabbing six rebounds. Former Storm forward Shyra Ely has now joined Cash in China, playing for Jiangsu Demasite.