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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sue Bird returns to court

Former UConn star Sue Bird made her first appearance of the season with UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Bird played 34 minutes in Ekaterinburg's 79-58 win over USO Mondeville and had five points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in her first game action since undergoing a surgery on her hip.

Also, former UConn star Maya Moore had 40 points and drained 10 3-pointers but it wasn't enough as her Shanxi team lost to Beijing 97-66 in the first game of the WCBA semifinal series.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, serious questions here. Is Maya playing in a league with less competition than in the past? Did she go there to intentionally work on improving her offensive game? Or is this just the case where Maya *is* the team, unlike with Minnesota.

Despite the fact that Maya scored 3036 at UConn, some present fans seem fixated on KML and/or Stewart being better and breaking that mark. 3036 is obviously not easy to achieve. Thanks.

12:07 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

There is some high-end talent in the WCBA inclding Tamika Catchings and Liz Cambage but not the depth of talent there would be if she played in the Euroleague. Maya's team has only one other double-digit scorer and she is taking more than 25 shots per game, something that would not happen in the Euroleague or the WNBA.

12:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick reply and info.

1:26 PM 
Anonymous MA said...

Just a little correction - Sue already played in Russian league, so that wasn't her first game of the overseas season :)

1:47 PM 
Blogger Genosguy said...

Anon---Some maybe fixated on KML/Stewart breaking Maya's 3036 record.
KML is a better player than Maya was at the same point in their college careers. She shoot the 3 more accurately. But Others are doing more scoring around her then Maya had.
Stewart--Not aggressive enough to work for the record. But she has the talent.
So, not to worry Maya's record is safe for the next year or three.

Sue is a tough lady and the greatest guard in WBB

6:29 PM 

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