National leagues are back in operation after the holidays, so it’s time to look overseas once again. With Euroleague play currently on break until the start of the playoffs, the typical schedule is also different right now. The Russian Superleague is playing games midweek, including Spartak winning 116-71 yesterday. Sue Bird had 11 points and four assists, with Lauren Jackson scoring 18. They combined to shoot 12-of-18 from the field – a little worse than Spartak shot as a team in the blowout.
Cadi La Seu lost a thriller in overtime Sunday to Perfumerias Avenida, falling 82-80. Kelly Santos came off the bench but played 28 minutes, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds. Santos matched up with Michelle Snow, who had 22 points and 12 boards.
In Turkey, Ted Kayseri Koleji lost 93-66 without the services of Camille Little and Lisa Willis.
ZVVZ USK Praha got a double-double from Swin Cash (11 points, 10 rebounds) in an 86-58 victory over Kara Trutnov.
At 13-0, Athinaikos remains undefeated in Greek A1 League play. The perfect record survived a scare against Pantahinaikos, with Athinaikos holding on for a 63-62 victory. Katie Gearlds had 13 points and six rebounds.
UL Aughnish kicked off 2009 on Jan. 3, beating Meteors Basketball Club 63-56. Kristen O’Neill scored a game-high 35 points, knocking down five three-pointers and making eight free throws. O’Neill pulled down 11 boards and had five steals.