Seimone Augustus and Sparta&K V MR edged Chevakata in Russian League play on Sunday, improving to 12-4 with a 71-66 road win. Augustus scored a team-high 19 points for Sparta&K, draining 8-of-15 attempts from the floor (1-of-2 from three-point range) and grabbing six rebounds (five offensive). She added a pair of steals and assists in the win. Sparta&K now takes a break from Russian League play as they turn their attention to the EuroLeague Final Eight group stage, which begins on Monday. Sparta&K will face off with Familia Schio, Bourges Basket and Fenerbahce over three consecutive days (March 18-20). Following group play, the semifinals will begin on March 22, with the title game taking place on Sunday, March 24.
Rebekkah Brunson and USK Praha put together another blowout in Czech League play, routing the second-seeded IMOS Brno 84-49 yesterday. Rebekkah Brunson posted game-highs in both points (20) and rebounds (14) in 28 minutes. She added a pair of steals and one blocked shot as USK Praha improved to 24-1 in Czech League play. Game 4 of second stage play will be on Saturday, when Brunson and Praha face off with Trutnov (14-11).
Amber Harris and Bichumi finished off the upset in the WKBL Semi-finals, closing out the series with a 72-68 win over the S-Birds to advance to the Finals. Harris averaged 28.0 points and 16.7 points per game in the series, including posting 28 points (on 11-of-18 shooting) and 16 rebounds in the finale. In the WKBL playoffs, Harris is now averaging 30.4 points (on 55.1% shooting) and 16.2 rebounds in five games. The best-of-five finals begin on Friday, with Harris leading Bichumi against WNBA legend Tina Thompson and Woori Hansae. The WKBL Finals schedule is as follows:
Game 1 -- Friday, Mar. 15 (3:00 a.m. CDT)
Game 2 -- Sunday, Mar. 17 (4:00 a.m. CDT)
Game 3 -- Tuesday, Mar. 19 (3:00 a.m. CDT)
Game 4 -- Thursday, Mar. 21 (3:00 a.m. CDT) * if necessary
Game 5 -- Saturday, Mar. 23 (4:00 a.m. CDT) * if necessary
Jess Adair and Townsville fell in the WNBL Grand Finale on Saturday night, dropping 57-71 to the regular season champion Bendigo. Adair was stellar for Townsville, scoring a team-high 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking three shots in nearly 35 minutes, but Bendigo got out to an early seven-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Adair finishes her season in Australia averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds on 50.9% shooting from the floor.
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