A great finish in Spain saw Ibiza-PDV hang on for an 88-87 overtime win over Lega Feminina power Perfumerias Avenida on Saturday. In something of a Comets reunion, Ibiza’s Shannon Johnson and Sancho Lyttle defeated Avenida’s Michelle Snow. All three players put up big numbers. Johnson had 21 points and five assists, shooting 9-for-17 from the field. Lyttle was monstrous in the middle, posting 28 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 10-of-15. Snow countered with 20 points and 15 boards. Avenida dropped to 17-4 with the loss, while Ibiza improved to 11-10.
Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird were Spartak’s leading scorers in an 84-67 win Sunday over Kursk Dynamo. Jackson scored 21 points, powered by seven free throws, and grabbed seven rebounds. All Bird contributed was 15 points, five assists and five rebounds, including a trio of three-pointers. Ho hum. Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles were atypically quiet, combining for 12 points.
Elsewhere in Russia, Dynamo Moscow fell 81-72 at UMMC Ekaterinburg. Janell Burse had 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss. The difference in the game? UMMC’s Agnieszka Bibrzycka (perhaps better known to you as “Biba”) was red-hot from downtown, making five three-pointers during a 23-point night. Dynamo’s Marina Kuzina was equally as cold, shooting 6-of-18 from the field.
Suzy Batkovic scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Cras Basket Taranto ran past Pool Comense 84-46 to stay atop the LegA Basket Femminile. Batkovic shot 7-of-13 from the field in 27 minutes of action, adding four assists. Megan Mahoney led Taranto with 20 points in the win.
Athinaikos moved to 21-0 by swamping Siemens 81-58. The game was so mismatched that Katie Gearlds and Athinaikos’ other American, LaToya Davis, got the day off.