Thursday, May 10, 2007

Russian Champions!

Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are champions of the Russian Superleague. Their Spartak Moscow Region squad defeated CSKA Samara 88-72 today in a winner-take-all Game 5 of their Finals series.

Jackson, along with Tina Thompson, paced a balanced Spartak scoring attack with 17 points. LJ hit three three-pointers and pulled down 13 boards. Sue Bird scored 13 points and added three triples of her own.

Trailing after one quarter, Spartak dominated the middle quarters, outscoring CSKA 43-24 to take a 16-point lead to the final period. CSKA was unable to rally.

Jackson finishes her off-season having won the FIBA World Championship, finished as the runner-up in Korea and winning in Russia.

Bird, meanwhile, adds the Superleague title to the Euroleague crown Spartak won earlier this season, her WNBA Championship, a gold medal in the Olympics, two NCAA titles at UConn, a National High School Championship at Christ the King, a contest she won in the fourth grade where the prize was a phone shaped like a yellow tennis ball and too many others to count. What can you say? Sue's a winner.

(Okay, this phone story (which is all too real) is too good to leave alone. I'm told that not only was the phone shaped like a tennis ball, the receiver was shaped like a racket. Apparently, Sue was not allowed to use the phone for real ... but it broke from pretend usage. Hilarious.)


Anonymous said...

Wow! How Awesome is Sue Bird? A true Champ at every level! Sue should run for president! Thanks

Sheila said...

Any truth to the report in Jayda Evan's blog that LJ won't be in town until the 19th?

Kevin Pelton said...

Sue mentioned in chatting with the Storm's PR staff that she and Lauren are flying to Seattle tomorrow together, so it appears that report is inaccurate.

Katy-Sue said...

I'm so gald to see Sue and LJ comming back! YAY! GO STORM!

Anonymous said...

Go LJ u great Aussie leader!