Two-game aggregate series in the quarterfinals of the Cup of Russia began over the weekend. Defending champion UMMC Ekaterinburg kicked off the pursuit of another cup with an 86-51 blowout of Energia. Svetlana Abrosimova had four points, five rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. Six Ekaterinburg players scored double-figures, with Maria Stepanova tops with 13 points. Olga Arteshina had a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).
In her second game for Ros Casares Valencia, Lauren Jackson looked much more comfortable. She scored 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds as Ros Casares beat Mann Filter Zaragoza 78-60. Jana Vesela was one of two Valencia players to score 12 points. She added three rebounds and two assists.
Still playing without Ewelina Kobryn, Wisla Can-Pack Krakow knocked off Artego Bydgoszcz 74-59. Petra Ujhelyi (14 points, 10 boards) and Nicole Powell (16 points, eight rebounds) led Wisla to 6-0 on the season.
A more competitive game for Pecs 2010, which beat FTC 71-61 in Hungarian play. Pecs led by 12 after one quarter but never entirely pulled away. Allie Quigley scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Playing against BLK University in Prague, Frisco Brno was able to give Ashley Robinson the weekend off to rest her ankle and still win 80-66. Romana Hejdova scored a game-high 18 points and Farhiya Abdi added 17 for Frisco Brno.
In Australia, Sydney remained undefeated with an 84-61 victory over AIS on Saturday. Belinda Snell scored a game-high 23 points, knocking down five three-pointers in eight attempts. Snell added six rebounds and four assists. Teammate Katie-Rae Ebzery scored 19 points. Carley Mijovic had 21 points and nine boards for AIS.