A week after the Storm started training camp, the team’s players are finished overseas, and two more are bringing home titles.
On Thursday, Ros Casares Valencia and Storm newcomer Jana Vesela earned the Liga Feminina championship in Spain by defeating Halcon Avenida to sweep the finals series 2-0. It wasn’t easy for Valencia, however, as Game 2 went to overtime. There, Ros Casares outscored Avenida 13-9 to finish things off. Belinda Snell led Ros Casares with 21 points, while Erika de Souza had 16 points and 13 boards. Vesela contributed seven points and three rebounds in 25 minutes. Le’coe Willingham battled foul trouble much of Game 2, ringing up just two points and two rebounds. Sancho Lyttle had 29 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough to extend the series.
That outcome left Tanisha Wright, playing in the Polish PLKK Finals, as the last Storm player active elsewhere. After stealing Game 2 on the road, Wright’s Lotos Gdynia team came home this weekend for Game 3 yesterday and Game 4 today. Gdynia took Game 3 75-68, getting 14 points and eight assists from Wright. Today’s Game 4 was a thriller, with Gdynia trailing at the half but holding AZS Gorzow to five third-quarter points to reclaim the lead. Sidney Spencer apparently intentionally missed her second free throw late with Gorzow down two, but the team could not make a follow basket and Gdynia held on 60-58. Wright had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds. Aussie Erin Phillips was named Finals MVP after scoring 17 points in Game 4. Check out a photo gallery from the game.