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.
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Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Candace Williams (184-88, college: New Hampshire). She played last summer at Cockburn Cougars in Australia SBL. In 20 games she was the best scorer with impressive 28.0ppg and had 16.1rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.4spg. The last season Williams played at Charnay in LF2 where in 22 games she was third best scorer with remarkable 15.1ppg and recorded 7.4rpg. A very spectacular season in her career as sh... [read more]
Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Candace Williams (184-88, college: New Hampshire). She played last summer at Cockburn Cougars in Australia SBL. In 20 games she was the best scorer with impressive 28.0ppg and had 16.1rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.4spg. The last season Williams played at Charnay in LF2 where in 22 games she was third best scorer with remarkable 15.1ppg and recorded 7.4rpg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won German 2.Bundesliga Group North Regular Season in 2013. Williams was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 1st Team back in 2013. She has played also professionally for other German teams like TV Saarlouis Royals, Leipzig Eagles, ChemCats Chemnitz and Fireballs. Williams attended University of New Hampshire until 2010 and it will be her seventh season as a professional player.
Sparta&K Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL) landed 23-year old American guard Whitney Knight (190-93, college: FGCU). She played in the summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). But in three games she did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Knight also played for another team Los Angeles Sparks in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA that season where in 7 games she averaged just 0.9ppg. Knight helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. It was a very successful sea... [read more]
Sparta&K Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL) landed 23-year old American guard Whitney Knight (190-93, college: FGCU). She played in the summer at San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). But in three games she did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Knight also played for another team Los Angeles Sparks in U.S. semi-pro league WNBA that season where in 7 games she averaged just 0.9ppg. Knight helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded All-A-Sun Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to Honorable Mention. This summer Knight was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (15th overall). She just graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University and it is her first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Knight's college team won A-Sun Tournament in 2012 and 2015.
Sparta&K Vidnoe Moscow Region roster for 2016-2017:
Vologda-Chevakata (PBL) signed 29-year old Serbian international point guard Tamara Radocaj (170-87, agency: Interperformances). She has played for the last two seasons at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division. In 26 games she had 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg last season. Radocaj helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 6 games in Eurocup... [read more]
Vologda-Chevakata (PBL) signed 29-year old Serbian international point guard Tamara Radocaj (170-87, agency: Interperformances). She has played for the last two seasons at UNI Gyor in Hungarian A Division. In 26 games she had 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg last season. Radocaj helped them to make it to the final and Cup semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg (top 5) and 1.0spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Radocaj won Adriatic League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team in 2015. Radocaj has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. Radocaj represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) this year. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg. Radocaj has played previously professionally in Italy (C.U.S. Cagliari) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Partizan).
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