While Sparta&K Moscow was getting upset, Jana Vesela and Ros Casares Valencia opened up Euroleague Group D play in Russia against Nadezhda. Ros Casares earned a 76-68 victory, withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by the home team. Nadezhda has loaded up for Euroleague play, signing Becky Hammon (15 points, six assists, three steals) and Tina Charles (24 points, 13 rebounds).
Ros Casares countered with hot shooting – both teams hit 60 percent of their two-point attempts and Ros Casares was 8-of-18 from beyond the arc. Three players scored at least 15 points: Katie Douglas (17), Edwige Lawson-Wade (16) and Rebekkah Brunson (15). Vesela chipped in two points, two rebounds and two assists.
Call the BDS Logan Thunder giant-killers. A week after knocking the Canberra Transact Capitals from the ranks of the unbeatens, the Thunder did the same Friday to the Dandenong Jayco Rangers, winning 80-68 at home. The teams were tied at 21 after one quarter and 39 at the half before host Logan pulled away in the second half behind balanced scoring. Five Thunder players reached double-figures, led by 19 from Sarah Graham. Abby Bishop had 16 points and seven rebounds for Dandenong, while Ashley Robinson scored eight points and grabbed nine boards.
Dandenong’s loss opened the door for Canberra to take over the WNBL’s best record to date with a 93-76 victory over the Adelaide Lightning. Alison Lacey provided six points, five rebounds and two assists in the win. Jessica Bibby paced the high-scoring Caps with 20 points, while Marianna Tolo scored 19 and Michelle Cosier had a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards. Angela Marino had 19 points for Adelaide.