EuroView: Tess Madgen on point, Abby Bishop burns
As most teams in Europe wrap up for 2016, we take a look at how our Australians are faring across the continent.
Tess Madgen’s AZS UMCS of Lublin made a huge road victory over Artego Bydg, taking away a 63-58 win. Madgen was best on for her side, totalling 20 points and 6 rebounds for the game. Despite a spirited effort, Madgen’s team was not able to counteract first ranked Wisla Can-Pack, suffering a 46-51 loss.
Abby Bishop continues her fine form with French side Tarbes, totalling 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals in a 74-56 loss to Hainaut. Despite sitting bottom of the French league ladder, Tarbes managed to overcome Lyon by 21 points in a big win. Bishop’s presence definitely did not go unnoticed, as she kept up her form with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Ever since Bishop landed in Tarbes, she has given this team some huge contributions from inside with her dynamic ability.
AZS AJP of Gorzow moved up to second on the ladder in the Polish league after a massive 5 point victory against highly regarded Sleza Wroclaw (68-63). Steph Talbot continued her fine form with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Talbot was closely followed by point guard Nicole Seekamp who was also instrumental with 4 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists.
Good Angels Kosice maintain their dominance and their healthy position in the Slovakian league, this week making it two for two over MBK Ruzomb and UKF Nitra. Against MBK Ruzomb, Australian Rebecca Allen contributed 13 points and 3 rebounds.
UNIQA Sopron had a nail-biting 2 point win over PEAC-Pecs 82-80. George had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. After being down by 2 at half time, Sopron blitzed PEAC-Pecs in the third scoring 26 to their 18, giving them a healthy lead to take into the last. Cayla George was instrumental with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Despite Nat Hurst’s absence this week, Hatay managed to win against Mersin by 12 points in the Turkish league, however it was a different story against second ranked Fenerbahce where they suffered a 59-77 loss.
Dynamo Moscow were overcome this week by Nadezhda 57-73. Despite the loss, Katie-Rae Ebzery (11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists) and Alex Bunton (4 points, 9 rebounds) both made some solid contribution for Moscow.
Campus Promete weren’t able to capitalise on their home court advantage this week, and were defeated at home by Mann Filter in a 61-70 point loss. Australian Nicole Romeo was solid with 11 points and 2 rebounds.