In the first big showdown of the young Euroleague season, Galatasaray announced its presence by blowing past UMMC Ekaterinburg on Wednesday in Istanbul, 84-65. Diana Taurasi led the rout with 27 points and Tina Charles scored 24 in addition to grabbing 14 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda topped Ekaterinburg with 17 points. Svetlana Abrosimova had a rebound and an assist in 10 minutes.
In the Czech Republic, 15 points and seven rebounds from Ashley Robinson were not enough as Frisco Brno fell to CB Taranto 66-59, dropping to 0-3. Jasmine Thomas and Farhiya Abdi also scored 14 apiece, but Brno got little offense from the rest of the roster. Kia Vaughn had 16 points for Taranto, which also got four points and three boards from former Storm guard Michelle Greco.
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow stayed undefeated and atop Group C at 3-0, edging past BLMA 66-58. Wisla led by just five with 1:13 to play, but BLMA never scored again. With Ewelina Kobryn still sidelined by illness, Krakow got balanced scoring. Six players scored at least eight points, including Nicole Powell’s game-high 17.
In its last game before Lauren Jackson arrives from Australia, Ros Casares went to Poland to defeat Lotos Gdynia 90-72. Ros Casares dominated the paint, getting a combined 59 points from Isabelle Yacoubou (23), Sancho Lyttle and Ann Wauters (18 apiece).