The Sydney Uni Flames are unbeaten in WNBL play no more. The Logan Thunder handed the Flames their first loss of 2011-12 on Friday, winning 74-72 in Sydney. There was little more Belinda Snell could have done to help her team win. Snell scored the last of her 36 points in the closing seconds to get the Flames within two and blocked a shot with three seconds left, but Sydney was unable to get off a shot to tie or win. Snell shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and grabbed eight rebounds, but Alicia Poto (20 points, nine boards) was the only other Flames player to score more than six points. By contrast, Logan had four players reach double figures, led by 23 points and 10 boards for Cayla Francis. The Flames still lead the WNBL because second-place Townsville lost twice over the weekend.
UMMC Ekaterinburg returned to Russian Superleague play in lopsided fashion, beating Vologda-Chevakata 80-41 on Sunday. The difference was just 13 points at halftime before Ekaterinburg outscored Vologda 44-18 in the second half. Cappie Pondexter had 15 points and Sandrine Gruda 14 for UMMC, while Maria Stepanova pulled down 16 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out two assists.
Ros Casares also cruised over the weekend, topping Ciudad de Burgos 90-63. Valencia did not need Lauren Jackson, who rested after rolling her ankle earlier in the week. Ann Wauters also sat out, yet Ros Casares had more than enough firepower in the form of backup Isabelle Yacoubou (26 points, nine boards), Shay Murphy (17 points) and Sancho Lyttle (11 points, eight rebounds). Jana Vesela scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards.
Ewelina Kobryn looked healthy in a 79-43 Wisla Can-Pack Krakow win over MKS Leszno. Kobryn played 31 minutes and made 10 of her 12 shot attempts, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing five rebounds. Nicole Powell added 12 points and eight boards for Wisla.
Despite a quiet night from Allie Quigley, Pecs 2010 beat ZTE NPC 87-68 on Saturday. Quigley shot just 2 of 7 from the field, scoring six points, but also had six rebounds and six assists. Stefanie Murphy scored a team-high 24 points and made 11 of her 12 shot attempts.
Ashley Robinson, who has been battling an ankle injury, eased her way back into the lineup with 14 minutes of action in Saturday’s 116-71 Frisco Brno win over Strakonice. Up just six at the half, Brno blew open the game by outscoring Strakonice 35-10 in the third quarter. Robinson had two points and five rebounds. It was a huge night for Farhiya Abdi, who scored 36 points on 16-of-23 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds. Teresa Peckova also scored 29 for Brno.