It was a perfect month of October for Tarbes Bigorre Elite in both French LFB action and in EuroCup. November started unblemished as well with a 62-57 win over Challes Les Eaux. Tanisha Wright helped Tarbes survive the challenge by scoring a game-high 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, adding four rebounds.
The most meaningful game of the weekend involving Storm players came in the Czech Republic, where USK Praha eeked out a 70-68 win over historical rivals Gambrinus Brno. Swin Cash and Lindsay Whalen both had eight points and seven reobunds while Evanthia Maltsi came up with a huge game of 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting to lead USK Praha. If you want to know how big of a deal beating Brno is for USK Praha, check out Janell Burse’s blog a few years ago from when USK Praha handed Brno its first domestic loss in over nine years.
The competition got a bit more challenging for Spartak in Russian Superleague action Saturday against Euroleague foe Nadezhda – albeit a short-handed version. So no lopsided score this week, but a comfortable 89-70 victory for Spartak. Sue Bird had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and dished out five assists, while Lauren Jackson scored nine points off the bench.
The big Superleague matchup of the weekend pitted CSKA Moscow against Dynamo Moscow, with the former emerging with a 79-77 win to remain unbeaten and a half-game ahead of Spartak in the standings. Burse had 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss, but outside of leading scorers Burse, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Belinda Snell (16 apiece), Dynamo got little production.
Despite Camille Little’s 16 points, Kayseri Koleji suffered a 76-61 defeat at the hands of Tarsus Belediye to drop to 1-1 in TBBL play. Kayseri Koleji could not overcome a big night from Tarsus star (and former Storm forward) Barbara Turner, who had 26 points and was 7-of-12 from beyond the arc, adding 11 rebounds. Little’s teammate Lisa Willis couldn’t find the range, missing six of her eight shot attempts.
Foul trouble limited Kelly Santos to 20 minutes against Ibiza-PDV Saturday, but she got some help from her teammates, three of whom scored double-figures. That combined with terrific defense which held Ibiza to seven fourth-quarter points gave Cadi La Seu the win by a 79-70 final. Santos had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and four rebounds when she was on the floor.
We wrap up in Greece, where Athinaikos did not need a big night from Katie Gearlds (eight points, three rebounds) to blow out Faliro 86-65. At 3-0, Athinaikos is one of three teams tied for the top spot in the Greek A1 league thus far.