Game 1 of the Israeli D-I Finals went to host Electra Ramat Hasharon on Thursday, which led most of the way and pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 78-60. Ashley Walker contributed 16 points, eight boards and five assists, but her Ashdod team shot just 39.8% from the field in the loss. Former Storm player Sheri Sam had 14 points, eight boards and six steals for Ramat Hasharon. The teams will have a week off before resuming the series at Ashdod on April 1.
In Poland, the quarterfinals are complete and the playoffs will continue without Wisla Can-Pack. Wisla blew out CCC Polkowice 83-61 in Game 2 to send the series the distance, getting 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and eight boards from Janell Burse. Back at home, however, CCC advanced to the semifinals with a 75-66 triumph in Game 3. Burse’s 14 points and nine rebounds weren’t enough to overcome 22 points and eight boards from Nataliya Trofimov and 20 and 14 from one-time Liberty forward Amisha Carter. It is odd how Wisla is the story of Euroleague, headed to next month’s Final Four, but has struggled in PLKK play and won’t be in the league’s final four.
On the other hand, Lotos Gdynia did advance to the semifinals with a sweep of Superpole Tecza. Tanisha Wright contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Gdynia’s Game 2 victory. Lotos faces Energa Torun in a best-of-three series starting Wednesday and will have home-court advantage.
Spartak Moscow Region got off to an excellent start in its pursuit of the Russian Superleague title Thursday, swamping Vologda 109-74 in Game 1 of their quarterfinal series. Spartak led 29-10 after one quarter and 60-30 at the half before things got a bit more respectable with Spartak’s subs in the game. Sue Bird needed play just 15 minutes and had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and six assists in that span. Ilona Korstin came off the bench to put up 21 points and lead seven Spartak players in double-figures. Spartak will go for the sweep tomorrow at Vologda.