On Monday, Alana Beard and Wisla Krakow had Game 1 of the their first playoff series against Gorzow, but Alana did not play as they won 79-43. Tina Charles had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Erin Phillips had 11 points and 7 assists. In the loss, ex-Syracuse player Chineze Nwagbo had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 steals. Here is the box score.
On Tuesday, the series continued with Game 2, but Alana did not even dress as Wisla Krakow took much longer to get going before winning 71-56. Chineze Nwagbo had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Gorzow in the loss. Here is the box score.
Karima Christmas and Maccabi Ramat Hen had their Israeli Cup Semifinal against Maccabi Ashdod and continued their struggles in a 77-61 loss. Karima had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Jenna Smith had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Khadijah Rushdan had 11 points. In the win, ex-UConn player Charde Houston had 19 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Texas A&M player Danielle Adams had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Ashley Shields, who went straight from JC to the WNBA, had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. here is the box score.
In France, Carrem Gay and Toulouse waited until the second quarter to get into gear as they won an important game at Arras 64-45. Carrem had 12 points in 28 minutes. In the loss, ex-James Madison player Dawn Evans had 15 points. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Lindsey Harding was shuffled back out of the lineup as Galatasaray went with their four-longer serving non-Turks in their foreigner slots in the game against Mersin. They ended up losing 77-68 as the opposition got an incredible individual performance as they rode their own starters for almost the entire game. Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and Sancho Lyttle had 14 points. In the win, ex-Pitt player Shavonte Zellous had 38 points, ex-UConn player Barbara Turner, also known as Bahar Ozturk in Turkey, had 15 points, and ex-Marshall player Chantelle Handy had 13 points. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Shay Selby and Strakonice continued to take on teams from the lower third of the standings as they faced Karlovy Vary and won 73-48. Shay had 27 points in 38 minutes to lead her team and Brittney Thomas had 19 points and 14 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Pepperdine player Lauren Bell had 15 points and 7 rebounds and ex-UTEP player Baiba Eglite had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius was at least able to make the trip back to Lithuania despite his injury as Real Madrid faced Zalgiris Kaunas in Euroleague action. Real Madrid overcame a slow start to get back in the game and then got a key play down the stretch as they were fouled on the offensive rebound of an intentionally missed free throw to tie the game after a late three point deficit to send the game into overtime. The extra five minutes were also quite intense as they turned the ball over late while up three but only conceded a two pointer to escape with a 105-104 win. Nikola Mirotic, who had the two critical free throws, had 31 points after going 18 for 18 from the line and 11 rebounds, Jaycee Carroll had 21 points, Rudy Fernandez had 11 points, and Sergio Rodriguez, who had the key missed free throw, had 10 points and 8 assists. In the loss, ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 20 points and ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 13 points. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Sheana Mosch and Charleville squared off against Carrem Gay and Toulouse with Sheana's team winning 62-41. Carrem had 5 points in 33 minutes as Sheana had 15 points in 31 minutes to lead all scorers and Aminata Diop added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Mistie Bass and Lyon continued a tough stretch as they lost 67-57 to Mondeville. Mistie had 4 points in 19 minutes and Danielle Page had 24 points. In the win, ex-Missouri player Amanda Lassiter had 17 points and ex-Cincinnati player K.B. Sharp had 12 points. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard did not play again, this time as Wisla Krakow had their Polish Cup semifinal against Artego Bydgoszcz, which they won 70-59 as they took control in the fourth quarter. Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds and Erin Phillips had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-LSU player Kristen Morris had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Besiktas continued to struggle without Daniel Ewing as they failed again to pick up their first Euroleague win in this round after falling 83-73 at home to Spain's Caja Laboral Baskonia. Ricky Minard had 14 points and 8 rebounds and Damir Markota had 13 points. In the win, ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 22 points and 6 rebounds, Tibor Pleiss, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the New Jersey Nets before a pair of draft day trades moved his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 15 points, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Washingon Wizards and sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day, had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
The first leg of the Eurocup Women was on Thursday. As the marginally lower seed, ten seed Dynamo Moscow hosted the first game in Russia against nine seed Kayseri of Turkey and broke a fourth quarter tie to win 66-61 to make next week's matchup in Turkey an intriguing one. The Maryland players were key again as Kristi Toliver had 16 points and Crystal Langhorne had 13 points and 13 rebounds with ex-UConn player Svetlana Abrosimova adding 10 points. In the loss, ex-UConn player Asjha Jones had 18 points, ex-WNBA player Evanthia Maltsi had 17 points, and ex-UNC player LaToya Pringle, also known by the Turkish form of her married name Lara Sanders, had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Euroleague games started on Wednesday this week with a pair of games in Germany. Turkey's Anadolu Efes took a while to get going but eventually took a lead over Alba Berlin and won 91-86. In the win, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 23 points, ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-NAIA player Sinan Guler had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood had 24 points, ex-JC player Ali Traore and ex-Wisconsin player Zach Morley had 12 points each, and ex-Buffalo player Yassin Idbihi had 11 points. Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow had no problems as they beat Brose 78-58. In the win, ex-NBA player Nenad Krstic had 17 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 11 points, and ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun, who was drafted in the second round in 2008 by the Seattle Supersonics before a draft day trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 16 points and ex-Florida player Matt Walsh had 13 points and 8 rebounds.
In Thursday action, Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv went to Turkey and beat Fenerbahce Ulker 94-85. In the win, ex-UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman had 18 points and 6 assists, ex-Virginia player Devin Smith had 16 points, ex-DII player David Logan had 15 points, and ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 13 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Miami Heat and then traded twice on draft day to end up with the Brooklyn Nets, had 26 points, Emir Preldzic, who was drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Phoenix Suns and had his rights eventually moved to the Washington Wizards, had 15 points and 7 assists, and ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The other game was close for a while before Spain's FC Barcelona took control in the fourth quarter in Greece to beat Olympiakos 90-77. In the win, ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek, who was drafted in the second round in 2005 by the Indiana Pacers and later traded to the San Antonio Spurs, had 21 points, ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 20 points, and ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro and 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 10 points each. In the loss, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 23 points, Georgios Printezis, who was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the San Antonio Spurs before five trades including one last month, the current highest number among unsigned drafted picks, landed his rights with the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 16 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-North Carolina State player Josh Powell had 15 points.
On Friday, things started in Russia as Khimki Moscow beat Italy's Montepaschi Siena 78-71. In the win, ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 19 points and ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 18 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 17 points and ex-DII player Benjamin Ortner had 11 points. Spain's Unicaja Malaga overcame an early deficit with a big fourth quarter surge to beat Greece's Panathinaikos 66-60. In the win, ex-UConn player Marcus Williams had 22 points and 2005 Orlando Magic 11th overall pick Fran Vazquez had 13 points while ex-NBA player Roko Ukic had 14 points in the loss.
On Tuesday, the first Eurocup quarterfinal series started. Each of the series features two games, with the first at the home of the team that finished as a runner up in its group and the second at the home of the team that was a winner of its group. The combined score at the end of the two games determines who advances. Germany's Ulm looked to increase its chances with a strong performance at home in the first game as they hosted Bilbao of Spain, but needed to overcome a bad start to win 85-81 to give them at least a small lead before the second game. In the win, ex-Santa Clara player John Bryant had 30 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Villanova player Allan Ray had 13 points, and ex-Wisconsin player Keaton Nankivil had 10 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-St. John's player Lamont Hamilton and Axel Hervelle, a 2005 second round pick of the Denver Nuggets before a trade moved his rights to the Houston Rockets, had 13 points and 6 rebounds each.
The other quarterfinals all started on Wednesday, as Russia's Spartak St. Petersburg earned an 83-72 win at home over Budivelnik to carry a solid lead to the second leg in Ukraine. In the win, ex-DII player Zach Wright had 18 points and 7 assists, 2006 Minnesota Timberwolves second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 17 points, and ex-Texas A&M player Josh Carter had 15 points. In the loss, ex-Missouri player Leo Lyons had 21 points and 7 rebound and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban blasted out of the gates in the second half to carry home a large lead after winning 72-54 in Montenegro over Buducnost. In the win, ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown had 17 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Florida player Nick Calathes, who was drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves before a draft day trade to the Dallas Mavericks, had 15 points. In Spain, Valencia took a lead in their series after an 80-70 home win over Russia's Unics Kazan. In the win, ex-Xavier player Justin Doellman had 18 points and 8 rebounds as ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 28 points, former Texas Pan-American player Mire Chatman had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 11 points and 6 rebounds.