Chevakata - Lattes Montp. 69-67 Chevakata clinched the fourth win in EuroCup Group A. They nipped visiting Montpellier in Vologda. Glory Johnson (190-F-90, college: Tennessee) erupted for 34 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Both teams are now tied at 4-1 record in the standings. Chevakata posted a 19:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The hosts accumulated a 45:27 halftime lead. But Montpellier changed the complexion of the game in the second half. The French team narrowed the gap at 15-point mark with ten minutes remaining. The visitors went on a 10:0 run midway through the fourth frame to cut the deficit at 4-point mark. Skrela put Montpellier within three points and later Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) sank a free throw as the visitors trailed by 2 points with 37 seconds to go. But Fatimatou Sacko missed a late jumper and Chevakata escaped with a narrow win at the end. Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) netted 11 points, while Juliya Kiseleva accounted for 8 points for the winners. Geraldine Robert responded with 21 points for Montpellier. Fatimatou Sacko had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Satu Mare - SISU 86-73 Satu Mare clinched the second win in EuroCup season. They toppled visiting SISU for 2-3 record in Group A. Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for the hosts. Satu Mare stormed into the game. They unleashed 28 points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead. SISU slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Danish team cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 42:34. SISU got even closer in the third quarter. The visitors trailed by 7 points at the final intermission 62:55. But Satu Mare quickly boosted the gap to double figures and raced to the victory at the end. Italee Lucas (172-G-89, college: N.Carolina) notched 18 points to pace the hosts. Dara Kovacevic added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Marie Malone (191-C-89, college: Hofstra) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for SISU. Camilla Blands had 16 points and 11 boards in the loss.
TED Ankara - Young Cats 81-64 TED Ankara recorded the third win in EuroCup Group B. They held off Young Cats in the Turkish capital. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 18 points to pace the home team. TED Ankara grabbed the lead early in the game. They posted a 19:14 advantage after ten minutes. The margin grew significantly in the second frame. TED piled up a 45:25 halftime lead. They kept Young Cats at distance throughout the third quarter. TED Ankara accounted for a 64:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The hosts did not look back afterwards and cruised to the victory at the end. Mactabene Amachree (190-F/G-78, college: Abil.Christian) netted 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for TED. Duygu Firat added 13 points in the victory. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) had 17 points for Young Cats. Antonia Delaere responded with 12 points in the loss.
Olimpia - Union Hainaut 70-65 OT Olimpia tamed Union Hainaut in overtime in the EuroCup Group B today. Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) came up with 22 points to pace Olimpia as they climbed at 3-3 record in the ladder. Union Hainaut suffered the initial loss at the tournament but remained on top of the ladder at 4-1 record. Union Hainaut posted a 15:9 lead after the starting quarter. However Olimpia bounced back as they spurred ahead for a 29:26 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Olimpia managed to enter the fourth stanza up by three 42:39. Olimpia were up by three points 56:53 with under three minutes to go. Nadzeya Drozd and Amanda Houts exchanged three-pointers as Olimpia maintained the lead with just under two minutes to go. However Amanda Houts drained another triple and sent the game into overtime. Tetyana Shchypakina and Rannaveski gave the hosts a 4-point lead in the extra period. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) then sank three free throws and sealed the victory for the Belarusian team. Maryia Filonchyk provided 15 points, while Tetyana Shchypakina and Maryia Papova accounted for 12 points each in the win. Amanda Jackson (178-G/F-85, college: Miami, OH) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Union Hainaut. Amanda Houts had 19 points in the loss.
Mersin - Belfius Namur 80-68 Mersin celebrated the fourth win in EuroCup Group C. The Turkish team held off visiting Belfius Namur behind 23 points from Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall). Belfius Namur suffered the fifth loss in a row. Mersin fired 23 points in the starting quarter to surge ahead. The hosts enjoyed a 6-point lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Mersin piled up a 42:35 halftime advantage. Mersin held the Belgian team to 13 points in the third term to take an 8-point advantage. The hosts fired 24 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) provided 18 points, while Bahar Ozturk added 12 points in the victory. Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Belfius Namur. Laurence Van Malderen had 13 points in defeat.
Spartak N. - Tarbes 47-65 Tarbes overcame Spartak in Noginsk tonight to improve at 4-1 record on top of EuroCup Group C. Jovana Rad (187-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 21 points to pace the French powerhouse. Spartak fell at 2-3 record in the third position in the pool. Tarbes set the tone early. The visitors posted a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Tarbes established a comfortable 36:28 halftime lead. Tarbes extended the margin in the third term. They secured an 11-point buffer with ten minutes to go in regulation. Spartak were limited to just 5 points in the fourth quarter and had to yield at the end. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 18 points, while Angelica Robinson added 10 points for Tarbes. Anna Tolikova (19-C-86) responded with 12 points for Spartak Noginsk. Maria Merzliakova delivered 7 points in the loss.
Wasserburg - Sint Katelijne 87-58 Wasserburg registered the second win in EuroCup Group D. They overwhelmed Sint Katelijne at home court to improve at 2-3 record. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) delivered 16 points to lead the hosts. Sint Katelijne remained winless at 0-5. Wasserburg stunned the visitors in the starting quarter. The German team went on a 26:7 run to take a massive 19-point lead. The hosts dropped 24 points in the second quarter to secure a 50:29 halftime lead. Wasserburg extended the margin in the third term. The German team eased to a 31-point lead with ten minutes to go. Sint Katelijne could not recover in the fourth stanza and surrendered at the end. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) notched 13 points, while Katharina Fikiel and Emma Cannon posted 12 points each for the winners. An-Katrien Nauwelaers (185-PF-95) answered with 19 points for Sint Katelijne. Hind Ben Abdelkader posted 14 points in the loss.
Dynamo-GUVD - Nantes 61-53 Botas registered the second EuroCup victory. They rallied past Dunav 8806 on the road to improve at 2-2 record in Group F. Dunav 8806 fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Courtney Paris (191-C-87, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead the visitors. Botas unleashed 28 points in the opening quarter worth a 4-point lead. Botas maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Turkish team established a 46:39 halftime advantage. Botas boosted the distance in the third quarter. They knocked down 27 points to pile up a comfortable 16-point cushion with ten minutes remaining. Dunav 8806 could not get within striking distance and lost the third straight game at the tourney. Ayse Dilek Akinci (175-F-82) netted 19 points for Botas. Christi Thomas added 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Amanda Johnson (187-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) answered with 20 points for Dunav. Merike Anderson nailed 16 points in the loss.
Telge - Kayseri 61-80 Kayseri celebrated the third win in EuroCup Group E. The Turkish team outlasted Telge Basket in Sweden tonight. Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80, college: Connecticut) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kayseri dropped 24 points in the first quarter to surge ahead. The visitors enjoyed a 7-point lead at the first break. Kayseri just raised the pressure in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 46:29 halftime advantage. Kayseri knocked down 20 points in the third term and ensured a 20-point buffer before the fourth term. Telge Basket limited Kayseri to 14 points in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Zoi Dimitrakou finished with 9 points for the visiting team. Rashada McCants (185-G/F-86, college: N.Carolina) answered with 19 points for Telge. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga had 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Partizan - VS Praha 61-78 VS Praha earned the second win in EuroCup Group G. They stole victory over Partizan Galenika in Belgrade. Marshae Dotson (180-F-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Florida) fired 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Czech team. VS Praha accounted for a 23:9 lead after ten minutes. Partizan cut the margin in the second frame. The Serbian team got within 11 points at the interval. VS Praha however limited the hosts to just 12 points in the third term and piled up a 54:40 lead at the final intermission. The visitors dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) netted 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for VS Praha. Alexandra Tarasava and Petra Reisingerova notched 11 points each in the victory. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) answered with 17 points for Partizan Galenika. Brooke Queenan banked 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Dynamo M. - Landes 66-51 Dynamo Moscow posted another EuroCup victory this season. They held off Basket Landes to climb at 4-1 record in Group G. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) notched 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Dynamo Moscow opened the game with a stifling defence. They limited the French team to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. Basket Landes however denied the deficit in the second term. The visitors tied things up at 26 at the interval. Dynamo tipped off the second half with six straight points to regain the lead. They stayed in charge posting a 40:34 advantage into the fourth term. Kristi Toliver and Veronika Dorosheva quickly boosted the margin to 12 points early in the final frame and Dynamo raced to the victory at the end. Veronika Dorosheva netted 13 points, while Crystal Langhorne had 12 points for the winning side. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) answered with 11 points for Basket Landes. Jennifer Humphrey produced 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Antakya - Kibirkstis-Tiche 66-70 Kibirkstis-Tiche claimed the second win in EuroCup season. The road win over Antakya allowed the Lithuanian team climb on top of the ladder in Group H. They enjoy 2-2 record, while Antakya fell at 2-1. Rima Valentiene (170-PG-78) notched 18 points to pace the visitors. Antakya snatched a narrow 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the lead in the second quarter. Antakya accounted for a 37:32 halftime advantage. Kibirkstis-Tiche went on a 10:0 run midway through the third term to pull ahead. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 47. Antakya were up by six points 61:55 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Vita Kuktiene dropped two bombs from beyond the arc and Rima Valentiene added another one as Kibirkstis-Tiche knotted things up at 66. Sniokaite and Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) followed with four points to seal the victory for the visitors. Celeste Trahan-Davis posted 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Vita Kuktiene finished with 14 points for the winners. Shekinna Stricklen (187-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) responded with 13 points for Antakya. Jana Vesela, Anderson and Cirak had 12 points each in the loss.
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).
H-Sirenos keep Balciunaite for another season - 12 days ago
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Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) re-signed experienced 35-year old small forward Kornelija Balciunaite (177-81). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 33 LMKL games she recorded 6.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg and 3.9spg last season. Balciunaite helped them to win the LMKL title. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. She also played 9 games in Baltic League where she averaged 5.7ppg, 6.3rpg,... [read more]
Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) re-signed experienced 35-year old small forward Kornelija Balciunaite (177-81). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 33 LMKL games she recorded 6.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg and 3.9spg last season. Balciunaite helped them to win the LMKL title. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention. She also played 9 games in Baltic League where she averaged 5.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.0apg and 3.1spg (leader !!!). Balciunaite has spent her entire career in Lithuania playing for two other teams: Aistes-LSU-Paradis Kaunas and Fortuna. Balciunaite is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at H-Sirenos.
Tori Jarosz (ex Gigantes) signs at H-Sirenos - 13 days ago
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Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) landed 24-year old American forward Tori Jarosz (190-92, college: Marist, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played in the summer at Gigantes in Puerto Rican BSNF. In 5 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg. Jarosz just graduated from Marist College and it will be her first season in pro basketball. Her team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals. Jarosz has played also in Malta (Qormi). She attended previously one of camps at Eurobaske... [read more]
Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (LMKL) landed 24-year old American forward Tori Jarosz (190-92, college: Marist, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played in the summer at Gigantes in Puerto Rican BSNF. In 5 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg. Jarosz just graduated from Marist College and it will be her first season in pro basketball. Her team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals. Jarosz has played also in Malta (Qormi). She attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on she way to pro basketball.
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