Congratulations to Silvia Dominguez, Lauren Jackson, Ann Wauters, Jana Vesela and their teammates. With today’s 86-68 win over Halcon Avenida in Salamanca, Ros Casares Valencia has been crowned Spanish Liga Femenina champions, sweeping through the playoffs after going 26-0 during the regular season. This is Ros Casares’ fifth Spanish title in the last six years after Avenida interrupted a string of four consecutive by winning last year. Valencia also completed the prestigious double that started earlier this month with a EuroLeague championship.
In the deciding game, Wauters had 13 points and seven rebounds. Maya Moore led Ros Casares by scoring 20 points, while Shay Murphy added 12 and Jackson was one of three players to score nine points. Dominguez had seven points and five assists. Valencia’s balanced production was in stark contrast to Avenida, which got 41 points and 22 boards from stars DeWanna Bonner and Erika de Souza but saw the rest of the team combine for just 27 points.
UMMC Ekaterinburg opened up a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Russian Finals with an 80-73 victory in today’s Game 2. Candace Parker had another big effort with 24 points and 15 rebounds and Sandrine Gruda also scored 20 points for Ekaterinburg. Sue Bird chipped in eight points and five assists. Candice Dupree had 24 points and Becky Hammon 15 for Sparta&K Moscow Region, which will try to avoid the sweep during Game 3 Friday in Vidnoe.
On Monday in Israel, Tanisha Wright and Elizur Ramla evened the Israeli D-I Finals at one game apiece with a 68-60 win over Maccabi Ashdod. Wright’s 15 points were tied with Alana Beard for game-high honors in the defensive affair. Wright added five assists. Le’coe Willingham scored 11 points for Ramla. Plenette Pierson and Ashley Shields paced Ashdod with 13 apiece. The series returns to Ashdod for Thursday’s Game 3.