With Brian Agler and Karen Bryant watching in Israel, Elizur Ramla dropped its second straight game, losing 80-73 to Ramat Hasharon. Ramat Hasharon held a 26-16 advantage in the final quarter to come from behind and overcome a three-point deficit. Tanisha Wright scored 16 points in defeat, while Shay Doron had 20. Alysha Clark (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Maurita Reid (13 points, 10 boards) both had double-doubles for Ramat Hasharon, which also saw Jia Perkins score 18 points. At 10-4, Ramla is now tied for second in the Israeli D-I with Ramat Hasharon, a game behind 11-3 Maccabi Ashdod.
UMMC Ekaterinburg led by just 12 through three quarters, but outscored Dynamo Moscow 24-10 in the final period to produce a lopsided-looking 83-57 final on Sunday. Sue Bird scored all 12 of her points from beyond the arc, handed out six assists and helped harass Kristi Toliver into six turnovers. Svetlana Abrosimova has been back in the lineup for UMMC’s last two Russian games, and scored three points off the bench. Sandrine Gruda’s 21 points led the team.
Ros Casares Valencia dominated Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, 88-42. Lauren Jackson scored 12 points in 19 minutes on 4-of-7 shooting, including a pair of hits from beyond the arc. Sancho Lyttle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Valencia, which also got 17 points from Ann Wauters and 16 from Shay Murphy. Jana Vesela contributed six points and three assists.
Just three rounds remain in the WNBL regular season and the battle for the five spots in the finals is intense. Right now, Sydney finds itself in a three-way tie for the last spot at 11-8. However, 10-7 Logan is just percentage points ahead and third-place Townsville (12-8) is also well within striking distance. So every game is crucial at this point. On Thursday, the Sydney University Flames snapped a three-game losing streak by blowing out Canberra by a 97-68 margin. Belinda Snell led the win with 23 points and 11 assists. Ellyce Ironmonger added 18 points off the bench.
Pecs 2010 got a rare challenge from FTC, hanging on for a 73-59 victory. Allie Quigley went for a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Christina Raksanyi led Pecs with 18 points.
An efficient outing by Ewelina Kobryn helped power Wisla Can-Pack Krakow to a 95-60 win over MUKS Poznan. Kobryn scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled down five boards in 21 minutes. Ana Dabovic and Magdalena Leciejewska matched Kobryn with 16 points of their own as Wisla outscored Poznan 47-20 over the middle two quarters.