On Wednesday, Sue Bird suited up in EuroLeague competition for UMMC Ekaterinburg for the first time, leading the Russian power to an 88-56 win over Lithuanian club VICI Aistes. Bird had an off shooting night, making just one of her nine attempts, but Ekaterinburg didn’t need her production with five players scoring double figures, including 23 points for Candace Parker and Deanna Nolan contributing 16 points and six assists.
Ros Casares Valencia faced a bit of a tricky matchup Wednesday in Prague against USK Praha – which handed Ros Casares one of its two losses earlier this season in Spain – but took the lead for good in the third quarter of an 81-70 victory. Lauren Jackson had nine points, five rebounds and three assists for Valencia, which was led in scoring by the 14 points of reserve Isabelle Yacoubou. Jana Vesela had five points and three assists, including the three-pointer that gave Ros Casares its first lead. The Valencia defense on Lindsay Whalen was excellent, holding the star point guard to six points and three assists.
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow stayed atop Group C with an 80-64 home win over Frisco Brno. Ewelina Kobryn scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes, pulling down six rebounds. Nicole Powell led all scorers with 19 points. Brno, which dropped Storm center Ashley Robinson due to her ankle injury, used just six players. Farhiya Abdi topped them with 17 points and seven boards.