Aussies Abroad: Phillips, Taylor make winning start

Aussies Abroad: Phillips, Taylor make winning start

Jayco Australian Opals Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor have enjoyed a winning start to the 2014 WNBA season, claiming back-to-back wins for the Phoenix Mercury on the opening weekend.

Making her debut for the Mercury, Phillips had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as the starting point guard in the 81-64 win over the Seattle Storm on Sunday. It was an equally pivotal outing for teammate Taylor, who played her first game since July last year, playing 15 minutes off the bench.

It was two wins in two days for Phoenix, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 74-69 on Monday, with Phillips posting a game-high 7 assists – catapulting her to third in the league standings.

The Mercury return to home comforts for their next game, welcoming the San Antonio Silver Stars to Phoenix on Sunday (AEST).

Australian Boomers star David Andersen begins his French Pro A semi-final series against Nancy in the early hours of tomorrow morning (AEST) after leading Strasbourg past Chalon in Game 3 of their quarter final tie.

Andersen was the standout for the #1 seed, posting 18 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes, ensuring the team stayed on track to record the regular season and championship double.

Jayco Australian Opals centre Marianna Tolo and her Bourges team face an uphill battle to claim the French LFB title after going down in Game 1 of the final series 63-54 on Monday.

After finishing the regular season with a 24-2 record and reaching the semi-final stage of the Euroleague Women’s competition, Bourges will need to quickly recover if they are to remain on track for the French crown.

It was a significant win for Australian Boomers swingman Brad Newley and his Gran Canaria team, defeating Unicaja 67-65 ahead of the final round in the Spanish Liga Endesa competition.

Gran Canaria have fifth position in the league standings locked up, meaning they will face Unicaja in the quarter final stage of the playoffs in less than a fortnight. Newley had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in 25 minutes.

The San Antonio Spurs have drawn first blood in the NBA Western Conference Final, recording a convincing 122-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their series on Tuesday.

Australian Boomers duo Patty Mills (5 points in 14 minutes) and Aron Baynes (2 points in 7 minutes) provided spark off the bench to ensure the Spurs would withstand the a third quarter fight back from the Thunder.

The Spurs remain in San Antonio for Game 2 against the Thunder, which will be telecast LIVE on ESPN at 11:00am AEST on Thursday.