Overseas Update - 3/09
Leilani Mitchell and Arras of France advanced to the EuroCup Finals this week. After a close win in France against Chevakata, the team traveled to Russia where they were able to play a tough game. The final score was 67-67, but since they had won by one point in France, Arras moves on defeating their opponent 134-133 total. Leilani posted 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the win. The team advances to face Kia Vaughn’s team Elitzur Ramla of Israel. Arras also pulled off an easy French League win, 69-60, against COB Calais who is ranked 13th in the league. Leilani scored 9 points and dished out 4 assists as Arras advanced to 11-9 on the season.
Familiar Faces: Former Lib, Loree Moore, now of the Los Angeles Sparks, and Jessica Davenport of the Indiana Fever both play for Chevakata.
Janel McCarville and Famila Schio finished at 17-1 after defeating Umana Reyer 93-53. Janel was a huge contributor by landing a double-double in the win by scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards in only 28 minutes of play. Next up for Schio will be Umbertide on March 20th.
Familiar Faces: Nicole Ohlde of the Tulsa Shock plays for Umana Reyer.
Sidney Spencer and Priolo of Italy fell in Italian league play this week. Seventh ranked Comense was able to pull of the win against 8th ranked Priolo 76-76. Sidney scored 12 points on 5-8 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds in the loss. They move on to face Faenza in the next round.
Kia Vaughn’s team, Elitzur Ramla of Israel, advanced to the EuroCup Final Four this week by defeating the defending EuroCup champions, Athinaikos of Greece. After losing to Athinaikos in game two, 88-81, they end up winning the two-game series 155-147 to advance. They will play Leilani and Arras in that game on March 17.
Familiar Faces: Ruth Riley of the San Antonio Silverstars plays for Athinaikos.
Nicole Powell and Wisla Can-Pack defeated Kalana Greene and CCC Polkowice in Polish league play this week. Nicole had 15 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes of play in the win. Kalana contributed 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in the loss. The two teams then had the opportunity to play in the Polish Cup. Both teams were defeated in Semifinal play, and will continue Polish league play on March 9.
UMMC Ekaterinburg and Cappie Pondexter defeated fourth ranked Dynamo Kursk 74-64 in Russian league play. Cappie scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the winning effort.
Familiar Faces: Temeka Johnson of the Phoenix Mercury and Michelle Snow of the San Antonio Silver Stars play on Dynamo Kursk.
Essence Carson and third ranked SEAT Lami fell to second ranked MKB Euroleasing in Hungarian league play, 62-78. Essence had a big game scoring 25 points and collecting 6 rebounds in the loss. SEAT Lami falls to 18-5 on the season. They will face Nanette FTC in the next round.
Familiar Faces: Amber Holt of the Tulsa Shock plays for MKB Euroleasing.