Less than a week after the conclusion of the FIBA World Championships, the international domestic leagues are already under way, starting today with the Australian WNBL, where two Storm players were in action.
Ashley Robinson made her debut Down Under alongside Storm teammate Abby Bishop for the Dandenong Jayco Rangers. The duo helped lead Dandenong to a 94-80 road win over the Adelaide Link Lightning. Robinson had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, seven of them offensive. Bishop, who has had a busy week – she finished up in the Czech Republic on Sunday – grabbed eight rebounds but could not find her shot, finishing 2-of-12 from the field. Tracy Gahan added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicole Seekamp had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Adelaide.
Dandenong completes a back-to-back Saturday against the West Coast Waves, while Alison Lacey will debut over the weekend with a back-to-back for the Canberra Transact Capitals.
The other game on Friday was the annual Spanish Supercopa, which matched up last year’s two LFB finalists, Halcon Avenida and Ros Casares Valencia. Ros Casares won last year’s championship, but Avenida extracted some measure of revenge with a 76-72 win to claim the Supercopa for the first time and end Ros Casares’ four-year stranglehold on the trophy. Sancho Lyttle was named MVP after posting 17 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Erika De Souza added 14 points and six boards. Rebekkah Brunson (12 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double for Ros Casares. Storm and Ros Casares forward Jana Vesela, herself less than a week removed from winning silver in the World Championship, played 13 minutes and scored two points.