MBK Ruzomb. - Dynamo-GUVD 57-60 Dynamo-GUVD clinched the opening victory in the eighth-final series versus MBK Ruzomberok. The Russian team claimed a road win tonight to head into the home clash with a 3-point buffer. Natalya Potemina (185-PF-88) and Yvonne Turner (174-G-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Nebraska) nailed 14 points each to pace the visitors. Dynamo-GUVD enjoyed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the lead in the second frame. Dynamo arrived at the big break up by 34:28. MBK Ruzomberok stiffened their defence in the third term. The Slovakian team limited Dynamo-GUVD at 8 points and cut the margin at 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. MBK Ruzomberok got within one 50:51 midway through the fourth frame. However Dynamo-GUVD responded with eight points in a row and ran away for good. Natalia Myasoedova delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) answered with 15 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Klaudia Lukacovicova chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Antakya - Chevakata 79-61 Antakya built what seems to be a comfortable lead before the return leg of EuroCup eighth-final series. The Turkish team celebrated an 18-point victory in the opener. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) fired 30 points, grabbed 5 boards and handed out 4 assists to pace the hosts. Antakya silenced the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a deadly 25:10 run to leave the team from Vologda far behind. Antakya stretched the margin to 18 points in the second quarter. 50:32. Chevakata slowed down the hosts in the third term but cut the deficit by just one point. Antakya held their opponents to 12 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated a confident win at the end. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) netted 19 points, while Shekinna Stricklen added 15 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for Antakya. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) answered with 17 points for Chevakata. Jasmine Thomas had 13 points in the loss.
Kayseri - Mersin 91-87 Kayseri claimed the opening victory in the EuroCup eighth-final series versus Mersin. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) dropped 21 points to lead Kayseri to the home victory. Mersin will host second leg of the series at home court in a week. Mersin started the game strong. They jumped to a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kayseri exploded with 28 points to narrow the gap at single point 45:46. Mersin extended their lead in the third term. The visitors piled up a 76:70 lead heading into the fourth period. However Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80, college: Connecticut) and Evanthia Maltsi stepped up in the crucial moments and helped Kayseri got away with a narrow victory. Asjha Jones delivered 17 points, while LaToya Sanders provided 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 24 points for Mersin. Erlana Larkins had 22 points and 16 boards for the visitors.
VS Praha - Dynamo K. 63-66 Dynamo Kursk made the first step towards EuroCup quarterfinals. They overcame VS Praha in the eighth-final series opener. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored 22 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Dynamo dominated right from the start. The Russian team posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They extended the lead to as many as 8 points at halftime 26:34. VS Praha mounted the pressure in the third quarter. The Czech team cut the margin at 6-point mark with one quarter to go. Marshae Dotson (180-F-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Florida) put the hosts within one 55:56 midway through the fourth quarter. Marshae Dotson soon tied things up at 60. However Epiphanny Prince scored six points in the final 70 seconds of the game and sealed the win for Dynamo. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Kursk team. Ekaterina Lisina added 9 points for the visitors. Alexandra Tarasava answered with 18 points for VS Praha. Marshae Dotson netted 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Dynamo M. - Tarbes 54-55 Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia) scored a late layup to propel Tarbes to a tough road win in Moscow in the EuroCup eighth-final series opener. She finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds as the French team made a big step towards quarterfinals. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Tarbes eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. Tarbes accounted for a 29:24 halftime lead. The hosts went on an 11:2 run to take a 37:36 lead midway through the third term. Tarbes regained the advantage and entered the fourth frame up by five points 44:39. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) and Abrikosova tied things up at 44 early in the final term. The lead changed hands for several times before Langhorne made it 54:53 for Dynamo with just over two minutes remaining. The teams went scoreless for more than a minute when Angelica Robinson converted a layup. The teams exchanged several misses in the final seconds as Tarbes got away with a narrow win. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) provided 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jovana Rad contributed 10 points for the winners. Kristi Toliver replied with 11 points for Dynamo. Nadezhda Grishaeva had 9 points in the loss.
Olimpia - Nantes 59-77 Nantes Reze are the verge of advancing into EuroCup quarterfinals following a comfortable road win over Olimpia in the first leg of the eighth-final series. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) delivered 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the French team. Olimpia started the game aggressively. The hosts accounted for a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Nantes Reze struck back in the second term. The visitors erased the deficit and established a 36:32 halftime advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Nantes Reze kept a 4-point lead at the final break. But the hosts ran out of steam in the fourth period. Nantes Reze went on a 23:9 run and sealed a confident win at the end. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) finished with 11 points, while Marielle Amant and Bernadette Ngoyisa added 10 points each for Nantes Reze. Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) responded with 15 points for Olimpia. Tetyana Shchypakina delivered 12 points in defeat.
Gorizont - Union Hainaut 58-60 Union Hainaut celebrated the road win over Gorizont in the first game of the EuroCup eighth-final series. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) knocked down 20 points to pace the French team in Minsk. Gorizont dominated in every facet of the game in the first quarter. The Belarusian team jumped to a 21:6 lead ten minutes into the game. But Union Hainaut stopped the rot in the second quarter. The visitors cut the deficit by two points to trail by 13 points at the interval 23:36. Union Hainaut stressed their defence in the third term and got within 5 points with one period remaining. Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89, college: Boston Coll.) and Laura Garcia tied things up at 49 early in the fourth quarter. Gorizont surged back in charge as Valko made it 56:54 for the hosts with under two minutes remaining. But Perostiyska and Stefanie Murphy put Union Hainaut ahead with four points in a row. Kristina Alikina (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) tied thing up at 58 with a jumper however Amanda Jackson sank a late jumper to win the game for Union Hainaut. Stefanie Murphy delivered 17 points, while Amanda Jackson added 14 points for the winning side. Kristina Alikina answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Gorizont. Galina Shylovich and Tatsiana Likhtarovich netted 12 points each in the loss.
Botas - Lattes Montp. 62-69 Lattes Montpellier made the first and confident step towards EuroCup quarterfinal stage. They knocked down Botas in Turkey to gain a 7-point cushion before the return leg of the eighth-final series. Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) netted 14 points to pace the winners. Montpellier led by five points 18:13 after ten minutes. Botas pulled ahead in the second frame. The hosts limited the French side to 12 points and accumulated a narrow 32:30 halftime advantage. But the third term turned disastrous for the home team. Lattes Montpellier ignited a killer 25:7 rally to enter the fourth frame up by 16 points. Botas cut the deficit to 5 points late in the final frame but Gomis sealed a 7-point victory with a jumper late in regulation. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) netted 13 points, while Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga added 10 points for the visitors. Courtney Paris (191-C-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with 23 points and 16 boards for Botas. Burcu Cigil had 11 points in defeat.
H-Sirenos add Williams to their roster, ex Cockburn C. - 5 hours ago
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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.
Spartak Vidnoye lands Whitney Knight - 10 hours ago
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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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