This was a rare two-game week in Israel. On Monday, Elizur Ramla survived a scare from Raanana Hertzeliya to win 89-86. Le’coe Willingham had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Tanisha Wright scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds and Kia Vaughan chipped in 18 points and 14 boards. Meanwhile, Electra Ramat Hasharon snapped a losing streak by knocking off Elizur Holon 70-60. Camille Little came up with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Sheri Sam had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Holon.
On Thursday, Storm teammates squared off as Ramla defeated Ramat Hasharon 87-60. Wright had an excellent all-around game, providing 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and eight steals. Willingham, meanwhile, led all scorers with 21 points. Little had 15 points and six rebounds in a losing effort. Storm center Ashley Robinson, over in Israel visiting, attended the game. Check out her Twitter feed for observations and plenty of photos, including this of teammates reunited:
Sparta&K Moscow Region earned a thrilling 81-80 victory in Orenburg against Nadezhda on Sunday, working overtime. Jelena Milovanovic forced the extra session with a score late in regulation and Sue Bird – who else? – made the eventual game-winner with 54 seconds left in OT. Sparta&K made it stand up by holding Nadezhda scoreless the rest of the way. Bird finished with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting, six rebounds and five assists. Epiphanny Prince dropped 22 points for Sparta&K, but Nadezhda’s Olga Ovcharenko led all scorers with 27 points. Tina Charles added 20 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Returning from the game, Sparta&K traveled through Moscow’s Domodedevo International Airport just hours before Monday’s suicide bombing that killed 35 people and injured nearly 200 more. While thankful that Sue and her teammates are safe, our thoughts go out to the victims of the bombing.
UMMC Ekaterinburg had a much easier time of things against Dynamo Moscow, winning 81-50 at home. Ekaterinburg turned a comfortable margin into a lopsided one by outscoring Dynamo 22-7 in the final period. Svetlana Abrosimova had six points and six rebounds in 21 effective minutes. Candace Parker was hot offensively for Ekaterinburg, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting.
In Spain, Ros Casares Valencia earned an 86-48 victory over an Extrugasa team led by one-time Storm forward Mandisa Stevenson (there’s a blast from the past). After halftime, it was all Ros Casares: a 45-14 margin. Rebekkah Brunson proved difficult to stop, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds in just 20 minutes. Four other Ros Casares players reached double-figure scoring. Jana Vesela played 27 minutes, coming up with seven points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Canberra TransAct Capitals got back on track after last week’s loss with a 96-78 win over the West Coast Waves, sparked by 11-of-21 shooting from beyond the arc. Jessica Bibby had five of the triples and finished with 27 points. Marianna Tolo added 16 points and five rebounds. Alison Lacey scored three points, grabbed three rebounds and handed out a pair of assists.
After knocking the Caps out of first place, the Dandenong Jayco Rangers were unable to do the same to the red-hot Bulleen Boomers, who took control in the second quarter en route to an 88-71 triumph. Abby Bishop scored 23 points and nine rebounds for Dandenong. She was no match, however, for Liz Cambage. The talented teen put up 33 points in 30 minutes on 15-of-22 shooting and added nine rebounds. She carried Bulleen, which saw just one other player (Rachel Jarry, with 15) score double-digits.