In most national leagues, there is a huge gap between the best teams and the worst teams. The Russia Superleague A has more parity, but it doesn’t matter if you have big stars on your team – other teams have big stars as well. Algirdas Paulauskas’s Dynamo Kursk team lost to Pokey Chatman’s Spartak Moscow team 101-79, despite a home crowd of 1200. Even though Kursk has Michelle Snow, Spartak Moscow has Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Janel McCarville.
Dynamo Moscow falls to 5-4 on the year; Spartak Moscow is 8-1 and is in second place behind undefeated Ekaterinburg.
Jillian Robbins led Kursk in scoring with 19 points. Sylvia Fowles had 18 points for Spartak Moscow.
Michelle Snow’s line:
9 points (2-for-3 shooting, 4-for-4 at the free throw line)
Next up for Dynamo Kursk: undefeated Ekaterinburg, on the road.