Today’s round of Euroleague matchups was the last before the schedule takes a three-week break for the holidays. Spartak Moscow Region went into the break in style, dominating ZVVZ USK Praha 85-54 at home. Spartak pulled away during the third quarter, extending its lead from 10 to 23, and outscored Praha 48-27 after the break. Playing against rival DeLisha Milton-Jones, Lauren Jackson scored 14 points in 20 minutes on 4-of-7 shooting. Epiphanny Prince scored 18 points for Spartak, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota scored 15 and Irina Osipova finished with 14 points and seven boards.
With two games left to play, Spartak controls its own destiny in terms of finishing atop Group C. By the time Euroleague play resumes on Jan. 13, Spartak will have Sue Bird back in the lineup.
Meanwhile, Ros Casares Valencia assumed sole possession of first place in Group D with a 65-51 win over Beretta-Famila Schio on Wednesday. Rebekkah Brunson, who posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, controlled the inside while Katie Douglas poured in 18 points from the perimeter. Brunson outplayed counterpart Janel McCarville, who finished with two points on 1-of-5 shooting as Schio struggled to score. The visitors shot 35.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times. Jana Vesela had three points off the bench for Ros Casares.
Swin Cash is keeping fans up to date on all her exploits over in China via SwinCash.com. Tuesday’s win moved DongGuan New Century Club into first place in the WCBA at 4-0. Cash is averaging 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game thus far.
In domestic play, Spartak narrowly pulled out a 59-54 win over Dynamo Moscow on Sunday. Jackson had 13 points and seven boards in the defensive struggle. Her late three-pointer was the last basket for Spartak, which held on at the free throw line. Prince, who scored 15, was the only other Spartak player to reach double-figure scoring.
Down under, the Canberra TransAct Capitals romped past the Australian Institute of Sport 96-56 without Alison Lacey. Jessica Bibby was on fire for the Caps, knocking down nine three-pointers in 15 attempts en route to 38 points. Carly Wilson added 18 points in 20 minutes. On Saturday, the visiting West Coast Waves knocked off the Dandenong Jayco Rangers 77-72. Samantha Norwood, who scored a game-high 24 points, made the go-ahead bucket with 43 seconds left and Abby Bishop missed a triple with 16 seconds left that could have tied the game. It was a long night for Bishop, who fouled out with 10 points and seven rebounds and shot 4-of-17 from the field. Ashley Robinson had two rebounds.
A typically workmanlike victory for Ros Casares Valencia, which topped Soller Bon Dia! 81-54 on Saturday. Six Ros Casares players scored at least eight points, led by 16 from Marta Fernandez. Nuria Martinez contributed 12 points and seven assists. Vesela had four points and five rebounds. Shay Murphy scored 28 of Soller’s 54 points.
In Israel, Elizur Ramla got an easy 111-62 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday. Hapoel is playing with just five players, a situation that led Head Coach Barak Glozer to quit at game’s end. Tanisha Wright scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Le’coe Willingham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Camille Little had a double-double of her own (17 points, 12 boards) as Electra Ramat Hasharon defeated Elizur Rishon 85-69. Alexis Hornbuckle added 13 points and 13 rebounds.