Gran Canaria - Besiktas 69-60 Gran Canaria and Besiktas met last night in the first game of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals. The home squad celebrated 69-60 victory transferring the 9-point lead to the second meeting. Besiktas will be the host in that game, which is scheduled for next Thursday. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) stepped up for Granca with 18 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 27, what allowed her to grab the MVP award for this meeting. D'andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU) had 17 points and 6 rebs, while Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) netted 14 points. Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) helped her team with 11 points and 6 rebs. In Besiktas, Ebony Hoffman (188-F/C-82, college: USC) shined with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 9, while Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) had 9 points and 8 rebs each. Granca made 5-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 8 until the halftime, but Besiktas cut it down to five again with ten minutes to go. Granca players limited Besiktas to only 7 points in the last quarter, while netting 11 on the other side and it was enough for decent 9-point lead before the second meeting in Istanbul.
MBK Ruzomb. - Optimum TED 71-65 MBK Ruzomberok was better than Optimum TED 71-65 on Thursday night. It was the first meeting of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals and Ruza grabbed a 6-point lead. They had even more during the last quarter, but Optimum TED managed to cut the margin in the finish. Teams will meet again on Thursday and this time Optimum TED will be the host. Ann Andersson (185-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: Minnesota) led Ruza with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) scored 14 points and handed out 5 assists, while Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) helped the Slovakian squad with 11 points. In Optimum TED, Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77) was better than the others with 21 points and 5 rebs. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) and Demya Walker (193-F/C-77, college: Virginia) had 8 points and 10 rebounds each. Quarters: 15-16, 18-9, 19-16, 19-24. The winner of this two-game series will meet Dynamo Kursk (most probably) or Gorizont.
Landes - Arras 50-73 Arras destroyed Landes as a guest 50-73 on Thursday. It was a French derby and teams fight for the spot in the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Arras did a great job last night and the second game will be played at their home court, so it is difficult to imagine that Arras will miss the opportunity to reach the next stage as they already have a huge lead. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) stepped up for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebs, while Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) added 22 points and also 5 boards. Third scorer in victory was Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) with 8 points (9 rebs). The home squad got 15 points from Bineta Diouf (185-C-78). Julie Barennes (183-SF-86) had 12 pts and 9 rebs, and Marion Laborde (178-G/F-86) stopped to 10 pts. Arras was dominating from the start keeping the double-digit margin for the entire game. Quarters: 8-27, 15-13, 11-18, 16-15. Second game is scheduled for next Wednesday.
Dexia Namur - Union Hainaut 63-69 Union Hainaut shined in the last ten minutes against Dexia Namur and grabbed a 6-point lead in Game One of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals. It was a 63-69 victory for the French squad, who will be the host of the second meeting. That game is scheduled for next Wednesday. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Despite she had only 2 of 11 from behind the arc, Solopova was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. Amisha Carter (186-PF-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) had double-double of 16 points and 15 rebs, and Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped her team with 13 points in this game. Stephanie Dubuc (175-G/F-85) netted 12 points for the hosts. Chandrea Jones (175-SF-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) (7 rebs) and Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) netted 11 points each. As mentioned above, Marina Solopova and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes to take this victory. Quarters: 15-17, 19-17, 20-16, 9-19.
Mondeville - Botas 69-58 Mondeville celebrated 69-58 home victory against Botas on Thursday evening. It was the first game of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals and Mondeville earned 11-point lead before the second meeting. Botas will be the host in Game Two, which is scheduled for next Thursday. Katerina Zohnova (179-SF-84) was the top scorer in victory with 15 points. Kristen Sharp (175-PG-81, college: Cincinnati) had 13 points and 6 assists, while Touty Gandega (170-G-91) followed her with 11 points. In the loosing squad, Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) shined with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Quianna Chaney (180-G/F-86, college: LSU) had 17 points and 6 rebs, and Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) had double-double of 10 pts and 10 boards. However, Botas had only one more player who scored in this meeting (3 points, Nilay Kartaltepe Yigit), while its all other players were scoreless. Botas played good until the last ten minutes, when Mondeville took full control on them. Katerina Zohnova and her teammates exploded with 24-10 making a double-digit margin at the end. Quarters: 16-19, 10-13, 19-16, 24-10. As mentioned, teams will meet in Game Two on Thursday.
Kayseri - Elitzur Ramla 79-69 Kayseri downed the reigning EuroCup champion Elitzur Ramla in Game One of the 1/8 Finals. The Turkish outfit celebrated 79-69 home victory and will it be enough for the next stage - we will find out next week. Elitzur Ramla will be the host in Game Two, which is scheduled for next Thursday. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) was a key player in victory. She had 24 points, 7 rebounds and reached valuation 36! Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) also was great adding 13 points and 14 rebs, while Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) helped with 13 points as well. In defeat, Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) collected 19 points and 6 assists. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) had 17 points and 8 rebounds and was the last one with double-digits in scoring for the Israeli team. Kayseri had nice second half, which allowed them to celebrate 10-point victory at the end. Quarters: 18-16, 15-18, 17-14, 29-21. As mentioned above, teams will meet next Thursday in Game Two, when we will find out who will reach the Quarterfinals.
Young Cats - Chevakata 55-82 Chevakata demonstrated its power in Game One of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals against Young Cats. Visitors celebrated 55-82 victory taking 27-point lead before the second meeting. The bad thing for Young Cats is that the Game Two will be played in Russia, so we can say it is already clear which team from this pair will reach the Quarterfinals. Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds for only 18 minutes on the court. She reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Svetlana Makhlina (180-SG-85) had 16 points, while Maria Cherepanova (190-PF-87) (8 rebs) and Katerina Keyru (182-G/F-88) netted 10 pts each. The hosts got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Emma Meesseman (192-C-93). Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89, college: Drexel) stopped to 12 pts. Chevakata smashed Young Cats in the second period (4-31) and later extended its lead even more for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-12, 4-31, 16-19, 16-20. The second game in scheduled for January 19 (next Thursday).
Gorizont - Dynamo K. 55-82 Dynamo Kursk did a great job in Game One of the EuroCup 1/8 Finals against Gorizont. The Russian squad celebrated huge 55-82 road victory and the second game will be played in Kursk. It is already clear that the second meeting will be just the formality. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) shined for the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) had double-double of 14 points and 10 boards, while Yuliya Dureika (179-F-86, agency: LBM Management) also helped with 14 pts. On the other side, Gorizont got 18 points and 12 rebounds from Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-C-89). Their second scorer was Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) with 11 pts (5 as). Dynamo smashed Gorizont after the breather having no troubles to keep comfortable lead until the end. Quarters: 16-25, 19-17, 6-22, 14-18. The second game between two rivals is scheduled for January 18. The winner of two-game duel, almost sure Dynamo, will meet Optimum TED or MBK Ruzomberok in the QFinals.
Gabriele Gutkauskaite (ex Tsmoki-Minsk) signs at H-Sirenos - 8 hours ago
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Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) landed 26-year old Lithuanian international point guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (176-90). She played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Gutkauskaite managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 20 Premier League games she averaged 9.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was select... [read more]
Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) landed 26-year old Lithuanian international point guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (176-90). She played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Gutkauskaite managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 20 Premier League games she averaged 9.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Honorable Mention. Gutkauskaite also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. She also played 1 game in Baltic League where she recorded just 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. And finally Gutkauskaite contributed to 7 games in EEWBL where she got 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Gutkauskaite was tested by BC Utenos. In only one game she got 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Gutkauskaite has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010. Gutkauskaite also represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania last year. Her stats at that event were 10 games: 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 53.3%, FT: 71.4%. Gutkauskaite has played previously for two other Lithuanian teams: Fortuna and Siauliai-Universitetas.
Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (KBSL) signed 25-year old Serbian international center Sara Krnjic (191-91). She played this summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). Krnjic managed to play in three leagues this year. The last season she played at MKB Euroleasing in Hungarian A Division where in 24 games she had 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Krnjic helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian... [read more]
Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (KBSL) signed 25-year old Serbian international center Sara Krnjic (191-91). She played this summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). Krnjic managed to play in three leagues this year. The last season she played at MKB Euroleasing in Hungarian A Division where in 24 games she had 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Krnjic helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. She also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2spg. In 2011 Krnjic was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in third round (35th overall). She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Krnjic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012. She also represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) this year. Krnjic's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.4rpg. Krnjic has played previously professionally in Hungary (Pecs 2010) and Serbia (Vojvodina). She could be described:
One of the rising stars in EuroLeague Women, she is an adept finisher around the basket and has some effective post moves which cause her defenders problems. She's good on the glass too.
Rebecca Allen is a newcomer at Good Angels - 19 days ago
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Good Angels Kosice (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Australian international guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management). She plays in the summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 13 games she recorded 5.1ppg. The last season Allen played at SEQ in Australian WNBL where in 20 games she averaged 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Australiabasket.com All-... [read more]
Good Angels Kosice (Extraliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Australian international guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management). She plays in the summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). In 13 games she recorded 5.1ppg. The last season Allen played at SEQ in Australian WNBL where in 20 games she averaged 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention. Among other achievements Allen received Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014. She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Allen has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2014 and previously for U19 National Team between 2009 and 2011. She also represented Australia at the World Championships for Women in Turkey two years ago. Allen's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg. Allen has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Boomers, Dandenong Rangers, Australian Institute of Sport, Spectres and Knox Raiders. The scouts decsribe her following way:
A big-bodied guard with amazing physical tools and great defensive skills. She's very effective in guard both forwards and guards.
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