February 29, 2012

Spartak advanced to the EuroLeague Women Final Eight after defeating Nadezhda, 82-67. Spartak used a fourth quarter run after trailing early to put the game away. Seimone Augustus led Spartak with 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Augusts’ two steals set the tone defensively for Spartak, who forced 15 turnovers overall. Coach Pokey Chatman said afterwards, "We did a great job, especially in the second half, in executing our pick and roll offense. What also helped us was winning the last quarter offensive rebound battle. Becky [Hammon] and Seimone [Augustus] had a solid game and what truly led us to the much coveted Final Eight was the team's overall performance.”

February 24, 2012

Nadezhda forced a game three against Spartak winning 87-75. Katie Douglas led Nedezhda with 27 points in the win and Rebekkah Brunson contributed a double double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The game went back and forth all night and Seimone Augustus led Pokey Chatman’s squad with 28 points and seven rebounds. Chatman said afterwards, "every time our team plays with Nadezhda we always face an aggressive game. During today's match our rival has shown a very strong, tough game. All in all today was a very hard and tense game. I think, the fans surely enjoyed it."

February 1, 2012

Lattes Montpellier battled, but Spartak were too much to handle as they clinched a victory in France to seal first place in Group C of the EuroLeague Women. Spartak won 72-71 with Seimone Augustus' 22 points leading the team. Eight of her points came in the fourth quarter, when Sparta came back from a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes to win for the 11th time in Round 1. Victory vaulted Spartak above Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and into first place in Group C. Lattes Montpellier was already assured a fifth-place finish and will also move onto Round 2 with Spartak. An Ana Lelas lay-up gave Lattes Montepellier a 67-57 lead with 5:14 to go but the French club then called a timeout. Sonja Petrovic started the Spartak comeback with a three-pointer when play resumed and then Augustus made a lay-up to cut the deficit to 67-62. Lelas stretched the lead back to 69-62 with another lay-up, but two Petrovic free throws and baskets from Augustus, Becky Hammon and Augustus again put the visitors in front, 70-69, with 1:01 to play. Fatimatou Sacko's jumper with 50 seconds to go lifted Lattes Montepellier back into a one-point advantage but Augustus struck again with another jumper just eight seconds from time for a 72-71 Spartak lead. Lattes Montpellier got one last look at victory but Lelas was off target with a jumper as they finished 6-8. Petrovic was outstanding with 14 points and eight rebounds for Spartak. Edwige Lawson-Wade had 19 points, seven assists and three steals in defeat.

January 28, 2012
Regular Season Round 14: Nadezhda O. - Spartak V MR
66-65 (8-15, 23-23, 20-18, 15-9)

Pokey Chatman’s Spartak Vidnoye was delivered her first loss of the season to Nadezhda Orenburg on Saturday night, they were edged out by Nadezhda Orenburg 66-65. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 15-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nadezhda Orenburg made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Estonian center Anastasiya Vermeenko had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Rebekkah Brunson chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Nadezhda Orenburg's coach Alexander Kovalev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Seimone Augustus responded with 17 points and five rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Candice Dupree scored 16 points and eight rebounds. Nadezhda Orenburg (9-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position. Spartak Vidnoye at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with UMMC. Nadezhda Orenburg are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Energy Ivanovo (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Spartak Vidnoye will play against Spartak Noginsk (#6) and is hoping to win this game.

January 25, 2012

Sparta&K Moscow Region dominated at home in a 77-53 romp over CB Taranto on Wednesday.

In a battle with Wisla Can-Pack Krakow for first place in Group C, Sparta&K moved back into pole position after the victory.

They improved to 10-3 with the triumph.

Should Wisla win at Rivas Ecopolis later in the day, and then prevail next week at home against Gospic Croatia, Jose Ignacio Hernandez's side will be assured of top spot since they swept their two games against Sparta&K.

Taranto saw their hopes of progressing to the next stage evaporate with their eighth defeat of the campaign.

The Italians knew it would be difficult in Vidnoje because in the first meeting between the sides, Pokey Chatman's team travelled to Taranto and rolled to a 90-70 victory.

Roberto Ricchini's team put up a good fight for the first quarter, leading 18-16 at the end of the frame.

But Sparta&K then hit them with an 11-0 run at the start of the second quarter and went on to lead 40-24 late in the first half.

The hosts' start to the third quarter put the result beyond doubt.

Baskets by Irina Osipova, Candice Dupree (a three-point play), Becky Hammon and Dupree again stretched the advantage to 49-26.

Dupree's 14 points and Osipova's 13 led Sparta&K, who gave the reigning FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Nika Baric 20:29 of time on the court.

The Slovenian point guard had five assists to go with her three points.

Sonja Petrovic, a former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year, had nine points and six boards for Sparta&K.

Taranto, who upset Wisla in their game last week, endured an almighty struggle shooting the ball, making just 17 of 58 (29.3%) of their attempts from the floor.

January 22, 2012
Regular Season Round 13: Spartak V MR - Chevakata
90-80 (19-22, 25-21, 20-19, 26-18)

PBL top team - Spartak Vidnoye (12-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Vologda-Chevakata (6-6) 90-80. It looked good early as Vologda-Chevakata took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spartak Vidnoye had a 25-21 second period charge getting the lead and Vologda-Chevakata was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-90. They outrebounded Vologda-Chevakata 40-21 including a 18-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Becky Hammon stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Candice Dupree chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds. Spartak Vidnoye's coach Pokey Chatman allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Moldovan Olesia Malashenko responded with 12 points and guard Loree Moore scored nine points and six assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak Vidnoye has an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Vologda-Chevakata at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will play against Nadezhda Orenburg (#4) on the road in the next round. Vologda-Chevakata will play against Energy Ivanovo and hopes to get back on the winning track.

EuroLeague

Young Russia center Natalie Vieru spent the previous five seasons competing alongside some of the best EuroLeague Women players of all time at Sparta&K Moscow Region.

On Wednesday, she almost led Good Angels Kosice to an upset of her former club in Vidnoje.

Vieru had 14 points and 13 rebounds but Pokey Chatman's Sparta&K made the plays when they had to and prevailed 68-65 in the EuroLeague Women Group C encounter.

The victory has assured Sparta&K (9-3), who won the first encounter against Good Angels, of at least a second-place finish in Group C while Kosice (7-5) will have to try and hold on to finish third.

Vieru wasn't the only former player Chatman had to coach against on Wednesday.

She also went up Jana Carnoká, Anna Jurcenkova and Lucia Kupcikova - a trio that competed under her at EuroBasket 2009 when she was the coach of Slovakia's national team.

The game was nip-and-tuck from start to finish.

Chatman's side threatened to lower the boom early when it went on a 12-0 to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 15-6 lead.

Kupcikova stopped the rot with two straight jump shots for Kosice, however, and following two Vieru free-throws, Miljana Bojovic scored to reduce the arrears to one.

EuroLeague Women rookie Helena Sverrisdóttir of Iceland then hit a jumper on a fast break for a 16-15 Good Angels lead.

The game remained tight into the third quarter.

Sparta&K got two free-throws from Irina Osipova and jump shots from Sonja Petrovic and Seimone Augustus to go on top, 44-38.

Good Angels didn't allow them to pull away, though.

Sparta&K's biggest advantage in the second half came with 6:16 to go in the game after Augustus drove in for a lay-up, but Stefan Svitek's side came right back.

Kupcikova and Danielle McCray then each made a couple of baskets to give the visitors a 59-58 lead with 4:39 to go.

Augustus came to the rescue for Sparta&K.

She went to the other end and her lay-up pushed the advantage back to one for the hosts.

The game went down to the wire.

After Vieru went up strong for a basket down low to cut the Sparta&K lead to 64-63, Candice Dupree caught a pass from Becky Hammon and drilled a jumper in transition to stretch the hosts' advantage back to three.

McCray replied with a jumper to make it a one-point game and Good Angels had a chance to get the ball back when Augustus missed a jumper, but Dupree claimed the offensive board against her former team.

Kosice fouled Hammon and she sank two free-throws.

The Slovakians had three seconds left and attempted a long inbounds pass.

They caught a break as the ball went out of bounds off a Sparta&K player.

Good Angels inbounded the ball from under their own basket to Sverrisdóttir on the left wing but her potential game-tying attempt from the arc hit the side of the backboard and stayed out.

Hammon had 17 points for Sparta&K but turned the ball over seven times.

For Kosice, who were out-rebounded 38-28, McCray led the way with 18 points and Kupcikova added 15.

January 15, 2012
Regular Season Round 12: Dynamo M. - Spartak V MR
73-91 (20-25, 19-23, 13-21, 21-22)

Pokey Chatman’s Spartak Vidnoye remains undefeated this season, as they won their eleventh consecutive game on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Dynamo Moscow (2-9) 91-73. The game without a history. Spartak Vidnoye led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Becky Hammom had a quality performance recording 24 points and five assists and Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic who added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists during the contest. Four Spartak Vidnoye players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Kristi Toliver with 21 points and five assists and power forward Crystal Langhorne scored 20 points and nine rebounds. Both coaches tested their bench players, which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak Vidnoye will meet Vologda-Chevakata at home in the next round and Dynamo Moscow will play against Energy Ivanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

January 7, 2012
Regular Season Round 11: Spartak V MR - Energy Ivanovo
103-54 (26-13, 27-10, 27-16, 23-15)

Pokey Chatman’s team (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Energy Ivanovo (1-9) 103-54. Spartak Vidnoye led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Ivanovo's 30. Spartak Vidnoye forced 26 Energy Ivanovo turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 30 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Energy Ivanovo's players. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Jelena Milovanovic who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Becky Hammom helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Natalyn Dorovskikh responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and center Olga Zhuzhgova scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Spartak Vidnoye and four Energy Ivanovo players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak Vidnoye have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Energy Ivanovo lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Spartak Vidnoye are looking forward to face Dynamo Moscow (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Energy Ivanovo will play against the league's second-placed UMMC Ekaterinburg and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.

December 17, 2011
Regular Season Round 9: Spartak V MR - UMMC
85-83

Pokey Chatman’s Team had a close game that came down to the wire Saturday night. However, they found a way to win, as they beat Ekaterinburg (7-1) 85-83 and keep their undefeated record alive in Russian league play. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of UMMC Ekaterinburg. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 7-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Seimone Augustus led the team with 24 points and five assists and Candice Dupree contributed 24 points and seven rebounds (on 11 of 14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cappie Pondexter answered with 20 points and five assists and international center Maria Stepanova added 13 points and nine rebounds in the effort for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Defending champion UMMC Ekaterinburg keeps the second position in the league after the loss. Spartak are looking forward to face Spartak St. Petersburg (#8) on the road in the next round and UMMC Ekaterinburg will play against Dynamo-GUVD (#9) in Novosibirsk.

Dec. 14. 2011
EuroLeague

Sparta&K Moscow Region almost blew an 18-point lead but held on for a 79-76 victory over Rivas Ecopolis in the EuroLeague Women.

Pokey Chatman's team improved to 7-3 to keep the heat on Group C leaders Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (7-2), who play at Lattes Montpellier later on Wednesday.

Victory seemed to be a foregone conclusion 4:35 into the third quarter when Sparta&K scored seven straight points to open up a 55-37 advantage.

Candice Dupree had two free-throws and Becky Hammon and Seimone Augustus hit jumpers in that spurt.

Rivas, who were trying to snap a two-game losing streak, managed to reduce the arrears to 58-47 with a three-ball by Elisa Aguilar and pulled to within seven as Asjha Jones buried a jumper.

With 4:22 remaining, however, Sparta&K still were on top 74-63 after two Sonja Petrovic free-throws.

Rivas then shifted into a higher gear.

Anna Cruz made a lay-up, Essence Carson a free-throw and Jones added a basket to cut the deficit to six.

Cruz followed with two more from the charity stripe to make it a 74-70 game.

After Seimone Augustus and Jones each made two free-throws, Aguilar drew a foul and went to the line where she converted two attempts to cut the Sparta&K advantage to 76-74.

Augustus hit a jumper but Cruz made two more from the line to leave Rivas behind by just two.

It was as close as they would get.

Irina Osipova's one-of-two effort from the line pushed the lead to three, and Rivas got the ball back with a chance to level the scores, only for Jelena Dubljevic's attempt from long range to be off target.

Hammon rebounded the miss and Sparta&K held on.

Augustus finished with 18 points and both Osipova and Dupree had 15 for Sparta&K.

Rivas got 20 points and nine rebounds from Jones.

Pokey Chatman had this to say after the game:

"It is always frustrating as a coach to give up an eighteen point lead especially against a good team like Rivas but it is always important that we, especially our key players, showed character and made some important shots and free throws at the end of the game. We have to continue playing our game and concentrating irregardless of the score."

Euroleague
Regular Season Round 8: Spartak V MR – Frisco Sika
97-62

Spartak Moscow Region guaranteed themselves the top spot in EuroLeague, Group C, for yet another week after a blowout victory over Frisco Brno on Wednesday.

The Russian powerhouse, winners of the EuroLeague Women in 2007, ’08, ’09, and ’10, destroyed Frisco Brno 97-62 for their sixth victory in eight games. This is their second win against Brno on the season with the first one dating back to October 12.

It was a complete game for Pokey Chatman’s team. In the opening eight minutes, Spartak held Brno to just four points while increasing their lead to 26 points. By the end of the first, the score was 33-7, and the game was already decided. Candice Dupree had 10 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter and grabbed six of her seven rebounds in the same period. When it was all said and done, Spartak had out-rebounded the Czech team 48-30.

“I am very happy because we had a solid performance on both sides of the court,” stated head coach Pokey Chatman after Wednesday’s game. “[But] we have to continue working hard in order to achieve our goals.”

November 27, 2011
Euroleague
Regular Season Round 7: Spartak V MR - Dynamo-GUVD
96-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Spartak Vidnoye as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Spartak Vidnoye smashed 8th ranked Dynamo-GUVD at home 96-58. The game without a history. Spartak Vidnoye led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spartak Vidnoye outrebounded Dynamo-GUVD 42-29 including a 32-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Dynamo-GUVD's players. It was a great evening for guard Eugeniya Belyakova who led her team to a victory scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Spartak Vidnoye players scored in double figures. Spartak Vidnoye's coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Elena Mishkareva responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and center Natalia Myasoedova scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Spartak Vidnoye (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with UMMC. Dynamo-GUVD lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. Dynamo-GUVD will play next round against Energy Ivanovo trying to get back on the winning streak. Spartak Vidnoye will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Dynamo Kursk on the road.

November 23, 2011
Euroleague
Regular Season Round 7: Spartak V MR - Lattes Montp.
72-70

Candice Dupree sank two free-throws with two seconds remaining to lift Spartak Moscow Region to a 72-70 victory over Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration on Wednesday.

The Russian club won for the fourth game in a row in the EuroLeague Women, and the fifth time in seven Group C outings.

BLMA will not be hanging their heads after the defeat, which has left them 4-3.

They played extremely well in the fourth quarter and even took a 70-67 lead when Kristen Mann hit a three-pointer with 51 seconds to play.

Edwige Lawson, who counts Spartak as one of the teams she once played for, provided the pass for the bucket and was credited with her sixth assist.

There can be no underestimating the heart and ice-cool demeanor of a champion like Spartak’s Seimone Augustus, though.

The MVP of the WNBA Finals after leading Minnesota to their first title this year, Augustus came out of a Spartak timeout and promptly tied the game with a three-ball of her own.

Dupree then showed why offensive rebounds often mean the difference between winning and losing.

After Lawson missed on a drive for BLMA, Sonja Petrovic launched an attempt from three-point range but missed.

Dupree was there for the rebound and was fouled by Mann.

The forward went to the line and sank both attempts for a two-point advantage.

BLMA called a timeout to draw up their last play.

They got the ball to Mann and she attempted a jump shot from inside the arc but missed as Spartak held on in front of their relieved fans in Vidnoje.

Dupree and Augustus finished with 19 points apiece for Spartak while Stephany Skrba and Fatimatou Sacko each poured in 12 for BLMA.

Head coach Pokey Chatman had this to say after the game. "In order for us to continue winning we have to continue playing defense as good as we played in the second half where we kept one of highest scoring teams in the ELW below 30 points. I have to congratulate my team but I also have to give a special thanks to some of the players for hitting crucial shots."

November 17, 2011
Euroleague
Regular Season Round 6: Taranto – Spartak V MR
70-90

Spartak Moscow Region turned on the style in the fourth quarter and romped to victory at CB Taranto in the EuroLeague Women.

In Thursday night's Group C encounter, the visitors from Russia only had a five-point advantage with 10 minutes to go but outscored Taranto 23-8 the rest of the way for a 90-70 triumph.

"The team is growing and today's victory, against a dangerous opponent, is a new product of our progress,” Pokey Chatman Said.

In the killer run for Spartak, former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Sonja Petrovic scored 10 straight points.

With the Russians on top 70-64, Petrovic hit two three-balls, a jump shot and two free throws for an 80-64 stranglehold on the contest. They were Petrovic's first 10 points of the game.

Seimone Augustus had a game-high had 22 points for Spartak and Candice Dupree 18.

Becky Hammon finished with 15 points and seven assists for the winners.v

Elodie Godin topped the scoring for CB Taranto, who dropped to 2-4.

Spartak and three other teams - Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration, Rivas Ecopolis and Wisla Can-Pack Krakow - are 4-2.

Euroleague
Regular Season Round 5: Dobri Anjeli - Spartak V MR
55-67

Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje clinched a 67-55 win at Good Angels Kosice on Wednesday night.

Seimone Augustus poured in 19 points for the Russian team.

The outcome has left both sides with 3-2 records in Group C.

Sparta&K went in front to stay when Slovenian youngster Nika Baric pulled up for a jump shot to make it 15-14 for the visitors.

Augustus then drew a foul from Erin Lawless and made two free-throws before making a jumper to stretch the lead to 19-14.

By half-time, the advantage was 38-30 and Candice Dupree, facing her former team, was the first to score at the start of the second half to make it a 10-point game.

Marina Kuzina's jumper extended the lead to 56-42 by the end of the third quarter and Sparta&K coasted home in the fourth.

Dupree had 12 points and Becky Hammon 11 for Sparta&K.

Danielle McCray led the Slovaks with a game-high 20 points

Euroleague
Regular Season Round 4: Spartak V MR - Gospic
86-68

Spartak rode a strong start to victory in their EuroLeague Women home game against Gospic Croatia on Wednesday.

In the uncustomary position of having just a single win from their opening three games, head coach Pokey Chatman's team returned home to Russia and rolled to an 86-68 triumph in Group C.

With Seimone Augustus pouring in six points, the hosts led 10-4 in the opening 3:00 minutes.

After Jelena Ivezic buried a three-ball to cut the gap to three, Spartak scored 10 unanswered points. Candice Dupree (two), Jelena Milovanovic and Marina Kuzina all had baskets in that run, and Irina Osipova also added two free-throws.

The advantage was 23-13 by the end of the first quarter and 46-26 by half-time.

Spartark upset by Rivas Ecopolis last week in Madrid, coasted in the second half to a resounding triumph that has left Gospic 1-3 on the young campaign.

Augustus and Dupree each had 12 points to lead a balanced Spartak attack.

Sandra Mandir had 20 points in defeat for Gospic.

October 29, 2011
Regular Season Round 4:
Spartak V MR - Nadezhda O.
96-94 OT

In a trilling overtime game Spartak Vidnoye (#2) beat Nadezhda Orenburg (#4) 96-94 on Saturday night. Spartak took control from the first minutes by winning the first half, but Nadezhda Orenburg won third quarter 17-15. It was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not at the end of regulation. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Nadezhda Orenburg forced a 78-78 tie at the end of regulation to go into overtime. Nadezhda eventually lost the overtime period 16-18. Spartak Vidnoye made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Becky Hammon who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists and forward Sonja Petrovic who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Rebekkah Brunson responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Nadezhba and Katie Douglas scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Five Spartak Vidnoye and four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Spartak Vidnoye has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with UMMC and Dynamo K. Nadezhda Orenburg, on the other side, keeps the fourth place spot. Spartak Vidnoye will face Spartak Noginsk (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorites. Nadezhda Orenburg will play against Energy Ivanovo.

October 19, 2011
Euroleague
Regular Season Round 2: Spartak V MR - Wisla Can-Pak
62-74

Russian League:
Chevakata - Spartak V MR
65-75

Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman was in action twice last week, once on Saturday with a 57-71 loss in the Russian League to UMMC. On Wednesday night, Chatman was delivered her first loss in Euroleage play.

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow stayed unbeaten in Euroleague Women Group C with a 74-62 road win over last season's runner-up Spartak M.R. Vidnoje.

After an even start in the Euroleague game, a Paulina Pawlak three-pointer highlighted a 9-2 Wisla run late in the first quarter and Wisla took a 19-12 first quarter lead. Spartak scrapped to stay in the game throughout the second period, but a late 8-0 burst, capped by Petra Ujhelyi's lay-up saw Wisla take a 42-28 lead to the locker rooms.

Any hopes Spartak had of getting back in the game ended in the third quarter when their shooting went cold and Wisla took advantage, pushing the advantage past 20. Coach Chatman may have wished she had her three-point shooters back on the team, like Erin Thorn and Catherine Kraayeveld, Spartak missed all eleven of their three-point attempts in the game.

Spartak showed plenty of pride in the final quarter, outscoring Wisla 25-16, but it was too little, too late to get anything from the game. Candice Dupree and Jelena Skerovic had 12 points each for Spartak with Sonja Petrovic, Irina Osipova and Becky Hammon adding 10 apiece.

Coach Chatman had this to say about the game, "It is impossible to beat an opponent like Krakow without rebounding, executing and playing defense. We were not able to play our game and we were not able to change the rhythm of the game. We have to work hard to be able to reach the level we should reach."

October 12, 2011

Regular Season Round 1:
Frisco Sika - Spartak V MR
70-87

Head Coach Pokey Chatman will be back at the helm of the Spartak basketball team in Moscow, Russia this season with assist coach Christie Sides. Last year overseas Pokey coached Epiphanny Prince, however, this year she will have none of her Sky players on her team. Coach Chatman this season has some star talent though. Veteran Guard Becky Hammon, from the San Antonio Sliver Stars, and former Sky Forward Candice Dupree, now on the Phoenix Mercury, will be ready to play for coach this season.

The Spartak Moscow Region started their EuroLeague 2011/2012 season with a victory over Frisco Brno 87-70. Sonja Petrovic stepped up with 18 points to lead the Spartak’s. Hammon scored 8 points, while Dupree added 9 points. Farhlya Abdi ended up with 14 points, and Jasmine Thomas and Tereza Peckova posted 12 apiece in the Frisco Sika loss.

Coach Chatman also won her first Russian League game vs. the Energy Ivanovo 86-45.

Remaining Schedule

Euroleague-Group A
Pokey Chatman- Spartak (Russia)

Oct. 12, 2011 18:00 | Frisco Sika-Spartak V MR
Oct. 19, 2011 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Wisla Can-Pak
Oct. 26, 2011 20:00 | Rivas Ecopolis-Spartak V MR
Nov. 2, 2011 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Gospic
Nov. 9, 2011 18:00 | Dobri Anjeli-Spartak V MR
Nov. 16, 2011 20:30 | Taranto-Spartak V MR
Nov. 23, 2011 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Lattes Montp.
Nov. 30, 2011 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Frisco Sika
Dec. 7, 2011 18:30 | Wisla Can-Pak-Spartak V MR
Dec. 14, 2011 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Rivas Ecopolis
Jan. 11, 2012 20:30 | Gospic-Spartak V MR
Jan. 18, 2012 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Dobri Anjeli
Jan. 25, 2012 18:00 | Spartak V MR-Taranto
Feb. 1, 2012 20:00 | Lattes Montp.-Spartak V MR

Russian Woman League

Oct. 8, 2011 | Energy Ivanovo-Spartak V MR
Oct. 16, 2011 | Spartak V MR-Dynamo M.
Oct. 22, 2011 | Chevakata-Spartak V MR

Oct. 29, 2011 | Spartak V MR-Nadezhda O.
Nov. 13, 2011 | Spartak V MR-Spartak N.
Nov. 27, 2011 | Spartak V MR-Dynamo-GUVD
Dec. 11, 2011 | Dynamo K.-Spartak V MR
Dec. 17, 2011 | Spartak V MR-UMMC
Dec. 21, 2011 | Spartak SP-Spartak V MR
Jan. 7, 2012 | Spartak V MR-Energy Ivanovo
Jan. 15, 2012 | Dynamo M.-Spartak V MR
Jan. 22, 2012 | Spartak V MR-Chevakata
Jan. 28, 2012 | Nadezhda O.-Spartak V MR
Feb. 11, 2012 | Spartak N.-Spartak V MR
Mar. 4, 2012 | Spartak V MR-Spartak SP
Mar. 7, 2012 | Dynamo-GUVD-Spartak V MR
Mar. 11, 2012 | Spartak V MR-Dynamo K.
Mar. 18, 2012 | UMMC-Spartak V MR