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.
Royal Castors Braine (Top Division Women) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Montenegrin international forward Milka Bjelica (193-83kg-81). She played last season at Istanbul Universitesi SK in Turkish KBSL. In 7 games she had 8.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.0spg. Bjelica also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 10.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg. The previous (14-15) season she played at Hatay in KBSL. In 17 games she averaged 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. Bjelica also represe... [read more]
Royal Castors Braine (Top Division Women) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Montenegrin international forward Milka Bjelica (193-83kg-81). She played last season at Istanbul Universitesi SK in Turkish KBSL. In 7 games she had 8.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.1apg and 2.0spg. Bjelica also played 6 games in Eurocup where she recorded 10.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg. The previous (14-15) season she played at Hatay in KBSL. In 17 games she averaged 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. Bjelica also represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.1rpg. Bjelica is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (CA Romagna and Alghero), Lithuania, Poland (Basket Gdynia and Wisla Can-Pack), Spain (Ros Casares), Serbia (ZKK Vrsac), Czech Republic (USK Praha) and Romania (CSM Targoviste). Bjelica is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible she may end her playing career at Castors Braine.
Murphy number one in EuroCup for round 2 - 10 days ago
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Montenegrin-American Swingman Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Samsun, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Qualifying Round Return Leg. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Chevakata 70-61. Murphy turned to be Samsun's top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Murphy is in league's top in points... [read more]
Montenegrin-American Swingman Eshaya Murphy (181-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Samsun, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Qualifying Round Return Leg. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Chevakata 70-61. Murphy turned to be Samsun's top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Murphy is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.5rpg), assists (5th best: 6.5apg) and averages impressive 4.5spg,55.6% FGP and 63.6% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Yakin Dogu BGD. Robinson had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. Yakin Dogu BGD lost that game 57-68 to Istanbul Univ. (1-1). Robinson is a newcomer at Yakin Dogu BGD, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#6). She also registered 14.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92) of Nantes. Plouffe showcased her all-around game by recording 19 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Plouffe's great performance Nantes lost 77-82 to CTO.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Annie Tarakchian (182-F-94) of Fribourg - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) of CTO - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) of Samsun - 16 points and 9 rebounds 7. Maja Vucurovic (187-PF-91) of Keltern - 14 points and 10 rebounds 8. Emma Cannon (187-PF-89) of Chevakata - 27 points and 10 rebounds 9. Jessica Kuster (188-F-92) of PEAC-Pecs - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Annalise Pickrel (190-F-92) of Enisey - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Overview of Qualifying Round Return Leg - 11 days ago
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Istanbul Univ. - Yakin Dogu BGD 68-57 Yakin Dogu advanced into EuroCup regular season despite a road loss to Istanbul Uni. The game was mostly controlled by Istanbul Uni. Yakin Dogu BGD was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Istanbul Uni forced 19 Yakin Dogu BGD turnovers. Bosnian-Serbian guard Sasa Cado (178-89) notched 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Latvia power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, ag... [read more]
Yakin Dogu advanced into EuroCup regular season despite a road loss to Istanbul Uni. The game was mostly controlled by Istanbul Uni. Yakin Dogu BGD was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Istanbul Uni forced 19 Yakin Dogu BGD turnovers. Bosnian-Serbian guard Sasa Cado (178-89) notched 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Latvia power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) supported her with 15 points. Four Istanbul Uni players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds by American-Montenegrin forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Yakin Dogu BGD. Point guard Olcay Cakir (182-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 8 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Top scorers: Yakin Dogu BGD: A.Robinson 20+18reb+2ast, E.Eldebrink 11+2reb+2ast, B.Caglar 8+4reb+3ast, O.Cakir 8+3reb+6ast, Q.Hollingsworth 6+3reb, N.Jovanovic 3+1reb+4ast Istanbul Univ.: A.Putnina 15+4reb+1ast, S.Cado 15+5reb+5ast, J.Hooper 10+6reb+1ast, T.White 10+4reb+5ast, G.Yavuz 9+1reb+4ast, S.Ivegin 9
Samsun fired past Chevakata in Vologda and sealed their regular season appearance. Vologda-Chevakata was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Samsun, which allowed them to win the game. Montenegrin-American swingman Eshaya Murphy (181-85, college: USC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Croatia center Luca Ivankovic (201-87) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American Emma Cannon (187-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and her fellow American import guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Vologda-Chevakata. Top scorers: Chevakata: E.Cannon 27+10reb, B.Jones 14+2reb+4ast, A.Tarasova 9+4reb+1ast, T.Radocaj 3+2reb+4ast, E.Vorozhtsova 3+5reb+3ast, A.Bezelukova 3+1reb Samsun: E.Murphy 27+15reb+6ast, L.Ivankovic 16+9reb, E.Babkina 15+4reb, A.Sandric 4+1reb+1ast, T.Tasci 4+5reb+3ast, H.Coklar 2+5reb+2ast
Enisey topped Cegledi EKK but could not overcome a massive deficit after the opening leg as the Hungarian team advanced into the regular season. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. The best player for the winners was American forward Annalise Pickrel (190-92, college: Michigan St., agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Uzbekistani-Russia center Julia Kiseleva (200-85) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian Maja Skoric (185-89) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Nora Nagy-Bujdoso (155-92) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Cegledi EKK: M.Skoric 18+8reb+3ast, N.Nagy-Bujdoso 13+8reb+3ast, M.Schlemer 9+5reb, J.Maksimovic 9+1reb+1ast, S.Katona 6+1reb+2ast, D.Medgyessy 6+8reb+8ast Enisey: A.Pickrel 15+12reb+4ast, J.Kiseleva 9+10reb+2ast, E.Kiryanova 9+6reb+1ast, A.Nuzhnaya 9+3reb, M.Langlois 8+2reb+5ast, E.Korotygina 7+2reb+2ast
Nantes lost to CTO at home but still made it into the next round with the win on aggregate. Nantes Reze was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. CTO forced 20 Nantes Reze turnovers. Strangely Nantes Reze outrebounded CTO 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guard Tanya Broering (178-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Loyce Bettonvil (185-93) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Katherine Plouffe (190-92, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian-British guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Nantes Reze. Nantes Reze's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Nantes: K.Plouffe 19+10reb+4ast, A.Michaud 12+1reb+3ast, S.Thorburn 10+6reb+5ast, K.Clanet 8+2reb+3ast, Q.Chaney 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Andreyeva 6+2reb CTO: L.Bettonvil 20+9reb+2ast, T.Broering 18+8reb+6ast, J.Bettonvil 13+2ast, F.Kuijt 8, J.van Veen 6+2reb, K.Kuijt 6+2reb+1ast
Fribourg cruised past Basket Gdynia in Switzerland and punched their regular season tickets. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Russia-American forward Annie Tarakchian (182-94, college: Princeton, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Jazmine Davis (170-93, college: Washington, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. Anna Jakubiuk (180-94) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuania Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Basket Gdynia. Top scorers: Basket Gdynia: A.Jakubiuk 18+7reb+1ast, D.Miloszewska 10+2reb+2ast, M.Grigalauskyte 10+7reb+2ast, A.Morawiec 5+7reb+4ast, J.Skerovic 4+4reb+7ast, K.Puss 3+2reb+3ast Fribourg: J.Davis 21+8reb+2ast, A.Tarakchian 19+15reb+6ast, C.Turin 13+5reb+4ast, B.Doolittle 12+4reb+3ast, N.Fora 12+3reb, A.Rol 6+3reb+4ast
Flammes cruised past Freiburg and eased into the regular season. The game without a history. Flammes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Flammes forced 24 Eisvogel Freiburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Eisvogel Freiburg's players. Belgian Kim Mestdagh (179-90, college: Colorado St., agency: LBM Management) scored 14 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) chipped in 9 points and 9 assists during the contest. American swingman Kristen McCarthy (182-90, college: Temple) responded with 20 points and her fellow American import center Shakeya Leary (189-90, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) scored 5 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Freiburg: K.McCarthy 20+4reb+1ast, H.Mestdagh 13+2reb, N.Ilmberger 8+4reb, S.Sabally 6+3reb+2ast, S.Leary 5+11reb+3ast, I.Hoffmann 3 Flammes: K.Mosqueda-Lewis 15+4reb, K.Mestdagh 14+2reb+4ast, V.Berezhynska 13+2reb+3ast, A.Bouderra 9+1reb+9ast, K.Minte 9+1reb+6ast, A.DeVaughn 9+2reb+2ast
PEAC-Pecs upset Piestanske Cajky on the road and secured the next round birth. PEAC-Pecs made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Piestanske C. turnovers. American forward Jessica Kuster (188-92, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Krisztina Raksanyi (180-91) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four PEAC-Pecs players scored in double figures. American center Monique Oliver (188-91, college: Rutgers) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Terezia Palenikova (179-95) added 13 points in the effort for Piestanske C. Top scorers: Piestanske C.: M.Oliver 16+11reb+1ast, T.Palenikova 13+2reb+3ast, A.Slamova 12+1reb+4ast, C.Handy 9+2reb, S.Oroszova 8+6reb+3ast, T.Brown 4+1reb+4ast PEAC-Pecs: J.Kuster 13+10reb+5ast, K.Raksanyi 13+4reb+3ast, S.Mandic 12+3reb+4ast, D.Furesz 11+3ast, D.Zele 10, D.Juhasz 8+2reb+1ast
Keltern upset Valosun in Brno and clinched their regular season appearance. The game without a history. Gruner Stern Keltern led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valosun Brno to just 6 points in second quarter. Gruner Stern Keltern dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Valosun Brno's 22. Gruner Stern Keltern forced 22 Valosun Brno turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Serbian Marina Markovic (185-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jasmine Thomas (170-91, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Eva Kopecka (173-96) replied with 16 points and forward Tereza Peckova (190-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valosun Brno. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Valosun Brno: E.Kopecka 16+2reb+2ast, V.Remenarova 9+1reb, T.Peckova 8+7reb+2ast, S.Berankova 7+2reb+2ast, M.Solopova 7+4reb+1ast, R.Moussa 5+2reb+1ast Keltern: J.Thomas 17+4reb+5ast, M.Markovic 16+9reb+2ast, M.Vucurovic 14+10reb+1ast, E.Mayombo 8+4reb+2ast, A.Teilane 6+4reb, M.Pokk 5+5reb+1ast
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