Monday, May 7, 2007

Russian Finals Headed to Game 5

The Russian Superleague Championship will be decided in a winner-take-all Game 5 after Spartak Moscow Region evened the series at two games apiece by defeating CSKA Samara 69-60 on Monday.

Spartak got 22 points from Diana Taurasi, who was a big reason why Spartak outscored CSKA 27-12 from three-point range. Lauren Jackson added a pair of triples, scoring 10 points, and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Sue Bird had eight points and two assists.

The third-fourth series is over. Congrats to Adia Barnes and UMMC Ekaterinburg, who earned third place and won the series 3-1 over Dynamo Moscow. Game 4 went to Ekaterinburg by a 74-59 final. Cheryl Ford finished off a dominant series with 26 points and 19 boards. Adia had two points. For the losers, former Storm forward Natalia Vodopyanova had 14 points and eight boards and, if I'm reading the box correctly, drew 11 fouls.

So Sue and LJ are still alive for a championship, but it's now unlikely they will play in the Storm's preseason finale on Friday against Sacramento at KeyArena.


Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin, Just want to say one big Thank-You for the updates! it's the only news I can find on the two players I love the most.
Of course Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson! Again Thank-You!

Kevin Pelton said...

Happy to help keep Storm fans up to date. I'm just as anxious to get the latest word myself.

Michelle said...

You can get 11 fouls?

Kevin Pelton said...

No, not even in Russia. Vodo drew 11 fouls from the other team. The Russian box scores include that as well as fouls committed.