The holiday break is over and women’s basketball is back in full swing in Europe. That meant Sue Bird made her debut for UMMC Ekaterinburg on Saturday in an 82-38 win over Spartak Noginsk. Coming off the bench as she learns a new system, Bird had six points, three rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes of action. Five players scored double figures for UMMC Ekaterinburg, with Candace Parker (15 points, nine boards) leading the way. Bird will face some tougher competition on Wednesday when the Euroleague resumes play.
Ros Casares Valencia has played a pair of games since the break. On Saturday, Lauren Jackson went off for 20 points and 10 rebounds in a high-scoring 97-71 win over Soller Bon Dia! Jackson, who started at small forward, knocked down three three-pointers. Sancho Lyttle scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Ann Wauters scored 17 points for Ros Casares. On Wednesday, Ros Casares crushed Cadi La Seu 105-56, getting 10 points from Jackson. Jana Vesela also scored 10 as seven Valencia players topped double digits, including 18 for Shay Murphy and 13 points and 10 boards for reserve Isabelle Yacoubou.
The Sydney Flames spent the weekend in Canberra. On Friday, Belinda Snell fouled out after 19 minutes of action. Without their leading scorer, the Flames were inept offensively in the final quarter of a 72-66 loss to the Capitals, scoring just four points as Canberra rallied from a 10-point deficit through three periods. Completing the back-to-back at AIS, Sydney pulled out a 62-53 win to salvage the split. Snell scored 19 points, making three triples in the win.
Elizur Ramla hasn’t played since last Thursday, skipping Monday’s round of action because the Israeli D-I league has an odd number of teams this season. Before that, a 79-65 win over Raanana Hertzeliya allowed Ramla to tie Ramat Hasharon atop the standings at 8-2. Tanisha Wright had 23 points, five rebounds and five assists, shooting 10-of-14 from the field.
Ewelina Kobryn put together a big effort with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 12 rebounds as Wisla Can-Pack Krakow easily dispatched of AZS Poznan, 78-46. Kobryn needed just 23 minutes for the double-double as Wisla went heavily to the bench in the lopsided win.
Allie Quigley played a key role on the glass in Pecs 2010’s 74-66 victory over BSE-FCSM. Quigley pulled down 14 rebounds in addition to her 22 points and six steals in the win.