Tuesday, January 15, 2008

1/15 Overseas Update

Clash of the Unbeatens: The Russian SuperLeague had an incredible matchup, featuring two of the league's best teams on January 12. Sue Bird's and Lauren Jackson's team, Spartak, lost to CSKA 79-65. Jackson finished the game with no points on 0-of-5 shooting. However, she did bring down 6 rebounds and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. Bird finished the game with 5 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Spartak is now 10-1 overall with CSKA at 11-0. Up next for Jackson and Bird is a game against Nadezda (Orenburg) on Jan. 20, which features Betty Lennox.

On Jan. 9, Jackson helped Spartak defeat Dexia in the EuroLeague. Jackson had a tremendous game, scoring 34 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. She hit 13-0f-17 shots, good for 76% from the field.

Bird has been putting together solid performances in the EuroLeague, where she is averaging 8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Spartak has a record of 7-1 in Group C of the EuroLeague. Spartak's next game is Jan. 16 against Gambrinus Brno, also 7-1 in Group C, which should make for an exciting matchup.

In 8 games with USK Praha of the EuroLeague, Janell Burse is averaging 13. 8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Overall she is shooting 46.5%. On Jan. 10 she had a season-high 19 points against Wisla Can-Pack. Up next USK Praha will play Halcon Avenida on Jan. 16.

Katie Gearlds, who is playing for Kosit in the Euroleague, is averaging 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. On Jan. 16 she will play again against USVO. Kosit is currently ranked fourth in Group C of the Euroleague.

Lennox moved to Nadezhda from her team in Cyprus, changing teams but remaining in EuroCup competition. In eight games, she is averaging 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists as well as 2.3 steals per game. Currently, she is ranked seventh in the EuroCup in points per game.

Ashley Robinson is averaging 2.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Hondarribia-Irun in the EuroCup league. In the last game on January 9, Hondarribia lost to Gospic 90-71. In the game, Robinson scored a season-high 7 points. Hondarribia is in second place of Group J with a record of 4-2. They are one game behind Cras Basket Taranto in the standings.

In the Israeli DI national league, Tanisha Wright is playing for Raanana Hertzliya. She has played outstanding for her team, as she has been averaging 21.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.4 steals per game. In one game playing in the Israel Cup, Wright posted 42 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.

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