Lauren Jackson’s fourth outing back from surgery on her right ankle was her best. The Storm’s star knocked down five three-pointers in six attempts on her way to 19 points, her highest-scoring outing of the season. Jackson added seven rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes as Spartak rebounded from last week’s Euroleague loss by crushing a pretty good Fenerbahce team 92-52 at home Wednesday.
Sue Bird had a solid all-around game for Spartak with 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and 11 boards and Diana Taurasi threatened a rare quadruple-double with 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists but also eight turnovers.
ZVVK USK Praha had a rougher go of it. Despite Swin Cash being limited to three scoreless minutes of action, USK Praha still led 66-62 with five minutes left. However, big buckets from former UNLV guard Constance Jinks – who led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting – Jolly JBS Sibenik rallied for the 76-70 win. Lindsay Whalen had 21 points for USK Praha in the loss.
In EuroCup action, MBK was no match for Dynamo Moscow, which improved to 2-0 with a lopsided 104-44 victory. Janell Burse had 14 points and seven rebounds yet still was overshadowed by her teammates. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota poured in 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Marina Kuzina had a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards. On the other side, one-time Storm center Tye’sha Fluker had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Athinaikos remained unbeaten with an 84-59 takedown of Ragusa (which sounds more like a sauce than a basketball team, but that’s neither here nor there). Katie Gearlds continued her hot shooting, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 8-of-14 overall to score 20 points as well as grab four rebounds.
Lastly, Tarbes Bigorre Elite picked up an 83-52 win against Extrugasa. Tanisha Wright played a solid game for Tarbes, finishing with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.
The last Storm player in international competition is Shyra Ely. Her K.V. Imperial AEL squad faces Gran Canaria tomorrow, and we’ll update then.