Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bird Celebrates in Style

A Happy Birthday to Sue Bird, who turns 28 today. It happened to fall on the same day as Spartak's Euroleague opener, and Bird's birthday wish for a victory came through as Spartak defeated Famila Schio 88-63 at home. Bird was a big reason why, finishing with 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds and no turnovers in a terrific all-around effort.

Lauren Jackson had hoped to return to action today after missing the last seven weeks after ankle surgery. However, she did not play. Spartak has enough All-Stars on the roster to bring Jackson back slowly and not lose any ground.

Famlia Schio did put up a good fight today, taking an early lead and down just 10 late in the third quarter. A 9-0 Spartak run pushed the advantage to 19 early in the fourth and all but sealed the game.

It was the Russians who stepped up for Spartak today, with Tatiana Shchegoleva scoring a game-high 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Marina Karpunina adding 17, including three triples. Diana Taurasi added 12 points.

4 comments:

bballfan5 said...

Happy Birthday Sue! Good luck this season in Russia!!!

StorMojo said...

Happy belated birthday to the pretty & talented & pretty talented Sue!

Anonymous said...

Belated Happy Birthday Sue! Congrats from your last game vs famila schio, you did a great job.(15pts, 9 assist & 5 rebounds)For those who want to watch the game here's the link:

http://video.sportbox.ru/VidySporta/Basketbol/v_20081016190000_spartakrossijafamilaitalija

Anonymous said...

SUE BIRD is really a great player not just in WNBA but also in BEIJING OLYMPICS and of course in the EUROLEAGUE.. Sue is one of SEATTLE's BEST PLAYERS.. Keep up the good work baby!