Spartak Moscow Region got the benefit of Lauren Jackson’s return to the lineup for Sunday’s Russian Superleague game, but fell nonetheless at home to new rival Nadezhda, 82-74. Jackson, just days removed from traveling from Australia to Moscow, pulled down seven rebounds but struggled to find her shot, finishing with points on 1-of-9 shooting. Meanwhile, Spartak struggled to contain Nadezhda’s stars Becky Hammon and Tina Charles. Hammon tied teammate Anastasia Veremeenko for game-high scoring honors with 20 points in addition to six rebounds and five assists, while Charles finished with a double-double of 18 points and 13 boards. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota was the only Spartak player to make a three-pointer. The team finished 3-of-18 from beyond the arc.
It would be hard to find a more balanced scoring effort than Ros Casares Valencia had in Saturday’s 88-50 win over C.B. Olesa. Eight players scored between seven and 10 points, with only Rebekkah Brunson (23 points and 12 boards) surpassing that total. Jana Vesela was part of the scoring by committee, totaling nine points on 3-of-6 shooting and handing out six assists.
A tough weekend for Dandenong started with the team undefeated and ended with the Rangers in third place after consecutive losses. On Sunday, it was winless Townsville that got off the schneid with a 73-66 home win over Dandenong. Abby Bishop led the team with 15 points, but got little help as the Rangers misfired from beyond the arc, shooting 4-of-17. Bishop was the only Dandenong player in double-figures. Ashley Robinson chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, Canberra surged into the top spot with consecutive wins over the weekend. The Capitals outlasted the Sydney University Flames 87-83 in overtime on Saturday night to improve to 7-1. Alison Lacey enjoyed her best game of the season with 17 points. Carly Wilson led Canberra with 19 points and Michelle Cosier added 18 for the defending champs.