RIGA (EuroLeague Women) - Leading international players that competed at the Olympics in China this year were in action on Wednesday for the opening round of the EuroLeague Women.
The UMMC Ekaterinburg duo Penny Taylor of Australia and Cappie Pondexter of Team USA led the Russian club to a 92-68 win at Jolly JBS Sibenik in Croatia.
Taylor had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists while ex-Fenerbahce star and Olympic gold-meda winner Pondexter poured in 10, dished out seven assists and pulled down eight boards.
Anastasiya Veremeenko shone for Belarus in China, helping them reach the quarter-finals and on Wednesday she had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Nadezhda but her side lost to TS Wisla Krakow in overtime.
Nadezhda, making their debut in the competition, led by three in the extra period but after Marta Fernandez made two free throws to close the gap to 79-78, Anna Wielebnowska drilled a game-winning jump shot for Wisla.
Fernandez, a surprising omission from Spain’s Olympic team, had seven of her 19 points in the overtime for Wisla.
The Czech Republic reached the last eight in Beijing and many of their players were in action on Wednesday.
For Gambrinus Brno, Eva Viteckova poured in 13 points, Petra Kulichova eight and Hana Horakova (formerly Machova) eight but they lost at home to Umana Reyer, 77-68.
Two other Czechs, Ivana Vecerova and Jana Vesela, are now with a Ros Casares side that is full of Olympians.
Ros, also with Spain’s Amaya Valdemoro, Laia Palau, Elisa Aguilar and Anna Montanana and Team USA’s gold-medal winner Delisha Milton-Jones, tore apart Lotos PKO BP 93-51.
CSKA Moscow had some of Russia’s Olympic bronze-medal winners in action in their 96-44 mauling of ESB Lille Metropole.
Ilona Korstin and Maria Stepanova combined for 22 points in that win.
Latvia’s Liene Jansone played for Gambrinus, while Ieva Kublina was one of a handful of Latvian Olympians that played for TTT Riga at home to MKB Euroleasing.
The Hungarian team won 86-71.
In other games, Bourges won 79-49 over Besiktas Cola Turka, ZVVZ USK Prague crashed to a 78-62 defeat at Union Hainaut Basket, Fenerbahce prevailed at home 76-68 over TEO Vilnius and Broker Kosice won on their travels at Lattes Montpellier, 67-65.
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