One of the biggest upsets in Euroleague Women play so far this year came Wednesday and involved a pair of teams with Storm ties. Frisco Brno picked up its first win of the year over Wisla Can-Pack Krakow, which came into the game undefeated and atop Group C. Brno pulled off the 74-65 victory despite getting just 16 minutes of action from Ashley Robinson, who is still limited by a sprained ankle but did contribute six points and two rebounds. Brno got great production from young posts Farhiya Abdi (16 points, nine boards) and Alena Hanusova (17 points, eight rebounds). Wisla, which is still playing without Storm center Ewelina Kobryn, shot just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Wisla lost despite Erin Phillips scoring 22 points and Milka Bjelica’s double-double of 13 points and 16 boards.
In Group A, UMMC Ekaterinburg had no such difficulty with visiting Lithuanian club VICI Aistes. Ekaterinburg opened up a 17-point lead through three quarters, then kept up the pressure in the final quarter of an 85-49 win. Candace Parker paced six players to score double-figures with 15 points. Svetlana Abrosimova had a season-high 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Ros Casares Valencia plays Round 4 on Thursday, hosting ZVVZ USK Praha, and may have Lauren Jackson in the lineup. The Storm star arrived in Spain earlier this week and was introduced to the media on Wednesday.
“I am very happy to be here,” Jackson told the Spanish press. “Whenever I’ve played in the Euroleague, I’ve always visited Valencia. It is a beautiful city and I am going to enjoy the team. I think for me it’s a good chance to win more titles.”