Before we head overseas, a quick stop in Atlanta, where the newest WNBA franchise is soliciting fan feedback on a name and colors. In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for the Flight and for a blue and red color scheme, though I would get a certain kick out of a team wearing hot pink.
Anyways, it’s long overdue to take a look overseas. Euroleague teams are in action today, and while we have yet to get results from USK Praha (with Janell Burse), there’s still plenty of Storm action.
Spartak is 4-1 and tied atop Group C after beating US Valenciennes 91-70 earlier today. Lauren Jackson had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and five boards in the win; Sue Bird handed out a game-high nine assists and had three steals, scoring two points. Diana Taurasi scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with nine boards and six assists.
Katie Gearlds‘ Kosit 2013 Kosice squad pulled out a 79-77 victory over Lotos Gdynia when teammate Janel McCarville scored late in the game. Gearlds had a quiet night, attempting only six shots and scoring all six of her points from beyond the arc, but McCarville carried Kosice with 28 points and 13 boards. Kosice is tied for third in Group C at 2-3.
Phard Napoli, including Astou Ndiaye-Diatta, fell 63-55 to TTT Riga despite Ndiaye-Diatta’s 20 points and seven boards.
EuroCup teams are also in action today, and Betty Lennox’s squad (KV Imperial AEL) suffered a 74-64 loss at the hands of Galatasaray. Lennox had a solid game in the loss, scoring 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field. Lennox added five boards and three, count ‘em three, blocks. Sophia Young scored 32 points for Galatasaray.
Hondarribia Irun blew by the Rhondda Rebels 86-64. Ashley Robinson had two points and six boards for Hondarribia, which got 22 points from Shameka Christon. Hondarribia, at 3-2, will be tied for second in Group J after the results of another game in the group later today.
That’s plenty of overseas action for today, but I’ll try to check in later in the week with a look at league play and the Storm players overseas who are not in either Euroleague or EuroCup.