The Euroleague announced today starting lineups for the March 9 All-Star Game in Gdynia, Poland as voted by fans and Storm center Janell Burse will start in the post for the Rest of the World squad. Along with Burse, this team will start Candice Dupree, Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Sophia Young. Agnieszka Bibrzycka, Marta Fernandez, Sandrine Gruda, Becky Hammon and Nevriye Yilmaz will start for the European team. Burse, who leads the Euroleague in rebounding and double-doubles, was an easy selection. Euroleague play resumes Wednesday with the first game of best-of-three eighth-final series.
Burse also helped her TS Wisla Can-Pack team advance to the semifinals of the Polish Cup with an 83-54 win over LKS Siemens Lodz on Wednesday, scoring six points. Lotos Gydnia will also be in the semis, beating Pruszkow 67-52 behind 14 points and eight rebounds from Tanisha Wright. The two teams also scored easy PLKK victories over the weekend, Wisla handling Leszno 86-65 with Burse contributing 11 points in 16 minutes and Wright finishing with 15 points, seven boards and five assists in an 87-63 victory over INEA AZS Poznan.
Despite battling a migraine headache, Lauren Jackson had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Canberra TransAct Capitals to an 82-62 win over the BDS Logan Thunder on Saturday. Jackson added five blocks in just 23:23 of action, shooting 9-of-18 from the field. Still, the Caps made up no ground on the Sydney Uni Acuvue Flames, who defeated the same Logan team on Friday night, 89-66. Suzy Batkovic-Brown put up 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, making 10 shots in 17 attempts.
Sydney retains a half-game advantage in the race for second place in the WNBL, but Canberra could pull even by sweeping two games next week at fifth-place Adelaide and home against ninth-place Perth. Sydney visists Townville, which currently sits fourth.
Liomatic Umbertide suffered its second straight loss in Serie A play, falling 61-52 to Lavezzini Parma. Chelsea Newton, who played the full 40 minutes, had six points and three rebounds.
Swin Cash saw her Guangdong Asia Aluminum squad come up short against league-leading Henan Yuguang Gold & Lead over the weekend by an 86-77 final. Cash came within one assist of a triple-double, handing out nine assists in addition to scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 boards.