After an unexpected one-point home loss last week, Dynamo Moscow made the long trip to France for Thursday’s return leg against Tarbes GB needing to pull out a road win to advance to the EuroCup quarterfinals. Inspired by the addition of Svetlana Abrosimova to the roster, Dynamo got it, beating Tarbes 88-80 to claim the two-game aggregate series by a 142-135 total.
Abrosimova had five points and five rebounds while teammate Crystal Langhorne exploded for 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting as well as 10 reobunds. Irina Sokolovskaya added 21 points and three other players reached double figures for Dynamo, which advances to face another French side (BLMA) in the quarterfinals, which will be played on Jan. 17 and 24.
While Dynamo is through, the other Storm player in the EuroCup was eliminated. Shekinna Stricklen and Homend Antakya got off to an excellent start with a 79-61 win at home, but that margin wasn’t enough to withstand a 73-46 blowout loss Thursday to Chevakata in Russia. Stricklen led her team with 18 points but was held to 7-of-18 shooting with five turnovers. Former Tennessee teammate Glory Johnson did not go easy on Stricklen’s club, pacing Chevakata with 21 points and 12 boards.