With Apollon Ptolemaidas falling over the weekend, Athinaikos has emerged as the last unbeaten team in the Greek A1 lead. Athinaikos remained unblemished with a 72-59 victory over Apollon Kal. Katie Gearlds scored four points and grabbed six rebounds, content to watch LaToya Davis do damage in the paint. The former Texas Tech star scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, shot 9-of-16 from the field and made 10 free throws in 11 attempts.
In the Czech Republic, where USK Praha reasserted its Czech Basketball League superiority by beating third-place Kara Trutnov 91-66. Swin Cash had an excellent game, scoring 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds. If I’m reading the box score correctly, Cash drew nine fouls over the course of the game.
The Russian Superleague largely took the weekend off and Spartak did not play. Dynamo Moscow was in action, using a big fourth-quarter comeback to win 92-74. Dynamo actually trailed heading to the fourth before holding a commanding 29-8 edge in the final period. Janell Burse saw relatively limited action, 16 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing two rebounds.
In the French LFB, Tarbes Bigorre Elite continues to stay undefeated in rather unconvincing fashion, escapting unscathed from a series of close games. This time, a Tanisha Wright three-pointer lifted Tarbes over Aix en Provence, 57-56, in a game that saw both teams shoot below 40 percent from the field. Wright’s triple capped a night where she had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. She didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but then again neither did anyone else.
A weird game in Spain between Cadi La Seu and Rivas Ecopolis. La Seu’s linescore by quarter: 17-29-9-10. Rivas went 26-10-12-19. The lead swung wildly in the first half, but the outcome ultimately favored Rivas by a 67-65 final. Kelly Santos was in foul trouble much of the night, playing 21 minutes with five points and four rebounds.
Another weird game in Turkey featuring Camille Little’s TED Kayseri Koleji squad. Kayseri Koleji won 77-68, overcoming a combined 61 points from Lindsay Bowen (24), Seda Erdrogran (20) and Bojana Vulic (17, 16 rebounds). The other eight Cankaya University players who saw action totaled seven points on 2-of-16 shooting in 90 minutes of action. Wow. As for Little, she had 14 points and six rebounds.
The Cyprus Women’s Basketball League has started play and Shyra Ely’s K.V. Imperial AEL squad is predictably 2-0 with a pair of blowout wins. No boxscores available, but presumably Ely is putting up big numbers. Lastly, the Irish Superleague took the weekend off, so no result for Kristen O’Neill.