After joining her new Russian team at the start of December, Svetlana Abrosimova saw her first action for Dynamo Moscow (5-2) in Sunday’s 88-68 win over Nadezhda. Abrosimova started and had six points, five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. She complemented Dynamo’s high-scoring trio of Crystal Langhorne (22 points), Nadezhda Grishaeva (17) and Kristi Toliver (16). Next, Dynamo will try to come from behind in a two-game aggregate Eighth-Final series in the EuroCup after falling 55-54 to Tarbes at home. Dynamo can still advance with a win on Thursday, but must do so in France.
Elsewhere in Russia, undefeated UMMC Ekaterinburg (7-0) got a surprisingly tough test from Dinamo Kursk before winning 77-66 despite Epiphanny Prince’s 35 points in the losing effort. Diana Taurasi led the way with 22 points for Ekaterinburg, which got a nice run from Ewelina Kobryn off the bench. Kobryn had four points and five rebounds in just 13 minutes.
Rough weekend for the Canberra Capitals, who were swamped 96-50 by Sydney Uni on Friday to slip to 5-7 without Lauren Jackson. April Sykes of the L.A. Sparks led the rout with 29 points on 11-of-13 shooting, featuring three triples. Brigette Ardossi, with 21 points and nine rebounds, was the only Caps player to score double digits.
While the WCBA’s attention was on the anticipated first showdown between Liz Cambage and Maya Moore, Camille Little helped Shanghai above .500 (7-6) with Saturday’s 79-63 win over Bayi. Little had 18 points and nine rebounds, drawing nine fouls. Moore (53) and Cambage (49) combined for more than 100 points, but Cambage’s team got the win to move within a game of first place.
Herbalife Ramat Hasharon crushed Elizur Holzon 108-64 on Monday to improve to 3-2. Alysha Clark had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, and added five rebounds. Alexis Gray-Lawson paced Hasharon with 26 points as five players reached double-figures in the lopsided win.
Behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from Tina Thompson, Woori Hansae rolled to a 67-51 win over Bichumi on Sunday, bouncing back from a loss to KB Stars on Thursday and staying on top of the WKBL standings at 13-4.
Galatasaray (7-1) keeps on rolling. On Saturday, Gala dispatched of Canik Belediye by a 71-56 final. Ann Wauters finished with 12 points and four rebounds, taking a bit of a step back on offense with the return of Sylvia Fowles (10 points, six boards) from a leg injury. A balanced Galatasaray attack featured five double-figure scorers, including Sancho Lyttle (14 points, 12 rebounds).
Homend Antakya fell to 3-5 with a tough 82-76 loss to Kayseri Kaski. Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points in defeat. Antakya still has a good opportunity to advance in EuroCup play after toppling Chevakata 79-61 at home in last week’s first leg of the two-game aggregate series.