Thursday, May 3, 2007

Russian Series All Square at One

Big turnaround between Games 1 and 2 of the Russian Superleague Finals. After a convincing win by CSKA Samara on Wednesday, today Spartak dominated with defense in a 74-53 victory to square the series at one.

CSKA shot a dismal 21.0% from the field. Just two CSKA players scored double-figures. Spartak got another strong performance from Lauren Jackson, who had 18 points and nine boards. Tina Thompson had 22 points and nine rebounds and Svetlana Abrosimova a double-double of 18 and 10. Combined, those three players outscored CSKA 58-53.

In the third-fourth series, host Moscow Dynamo eeked out a 75-74 win to even that series as well. Dynamo's Anete Jekabsone hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds to pull it out.

Both series will have two days off before resuming Sunday and Monday for Games 3 and 4. Spartak and UMMC Ekaterinburg will return home with a chance to win the series.

Update: Okay, no link yet, but it appears Barbara Turner's Fenerbahce team lost Game 2 74-73 over Besiktas today. In Poland, Wisla Can Pack Krakow beat Lotos Gdynia 88-77, evening that series at three to force a winner-take-all Game 7. That will be played on Saturday.

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