Nantes - Olimpia 62-67 Nantes Reze clinched the EuroCup quarterfinal appearance. They lost to Olimpia in the return leg of the eighth-final series but advanced on aggregate after an 18-point road win. Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) scored 20 points to pace Olimpia to the road win. Olimpia strongly entered the game. The Belarusian team gained a 17:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Nantes Reze cut the margin in the second quarter. The French outfit got within 2 points at the interval 32:34. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Olimpia secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term. Nantes Reze stayed behind in the final stanza as Olimpia cruised to the victory at the end. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) delivered 14 points, while Jana Rannaveski added 12 points for the winning team. Stievanard, Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) and Sarah Michel (180-SG-89) responded with 10 points each for Nantes Reze.
Mersin - Kayseri 55-63 Kayseri sealed their EuroCup quarterfinal birth. They handed the second straight loss to Mersin to win the eighth-final series. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kayseri enjoyed a 4-point lead after the first leg. They stretched the margin to 5 points outscoring Mersin 15:14 in the first ten minutes. Mersin surged ahead in the second term. The hosts accumulated a 32:29 halftime lead. Kayseri bounced back in the third term and regained the advantage. The visitors accounted for a 49:46 lead at the final intermission. Kayseri held Mersin to 9 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80, college: Connecticut) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Evanthia Maltsi added 14 points for the winners. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 19 points for Mersin. Erlana Larkins posted 18 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.
Union Hainaut - Gorizont 62-52 Union Hainaut confirmed their strongest bid for EuroCup glory this season as they handed the second straight defeat to Gorizont in the tournaments eighth-final series. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 28 points to pace Union Hainaut to a 10-point home win as they paved their way into quarterfinal. Union Hainaut set the tone early in the game. They registered a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts jumped to a 10-point advantage at halftime 36:26. Gorizont cut the deficit in the third term. The Belarusian team got within 4 points with ten minutes remaining. But Union Hainaut held their opponents to 10 points in the final stanza and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Vera Perostiyska (195-C-82, college: FIU) netted 10 points, while Amanda Houts and Marie Frederique Ayissi added 7 points each for the winners. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 17 points for Gorizont. Kristina Alikina had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Lattes Montp. - Botas 69-66 Montpellier advanced into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. They handled Botas at home court just to consolidate victory on aggregate. Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) netted 16 points to pace the hosts. Montpellier enjoyed a 7-point cushion entering the game. But Botas sent a strong message to the hosts outscoring them 24:14 in the first ten minutes. Montpellier struggled to take over throughout the second term. They faced a 10-point deficit at halftime. Courtney Paris and Akinci made it 43:28 for the visitors early in the third term. But Montpellier finally adjusted their offensive performance and cut the deficit at three points 46:49 at the final break. Ana Lelas and Geraldine Robert put Montpellier in front 62:60 midway through the final frame. Akinci and Courtney Paris returned the lead to Botas but Virginie Bremont (177-G-87) and Gomis sealed the victory for the home team in the dying seconds. Virginie Bremont provided 12 points, while Ana Lelas and Gaelle Skrela added 10 points each for the home team. Christi Thomas (191-F-82, college: Georgia) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Botas. Courtney Paris posted 15 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.
Dynamo-GUVD - MBK Ruzomb. 60-69 MBK Ruzomberok clinched EuroCup quarterfinal appearance. The Slovakian team overcame Dynamo-GUVD on the road to claim a 126:120 victory on aggregate. Janka Mincikova (172-PG-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) accounted for 14 points each to pace the winners. MBK Ruzomberok entered the game having to overcome a 3-point deficit after the home game. But the Slovakian team made a strong bid in the first quarter taking a 20:15 lead. MBK Ruzomberok kept Dynamo-GUVD behind in the second frame. The visitors piled up a 34:28 halftime advantage. The hosts still trailed by six points heading into the fourth frame 47:53. Brezaniova gave MBK Ruzomberok a 65:55 lead midway through the fourth term. Anastasiya Shilova sparked hope for the host nailing five straight points. But Janka Mincikova sank four free throws in a row as the visitors ran away with the victory. Nadia Parker accounted for 9 points for MBK Ruzomberok. Natalia Myasoedova (196-C-87) answered with 19 points for Dynamo-GUVD. Anastasiya Shilova netted 11 points in defeat.
Dynamo K. - VS Praha 81-51 Dynamo Kursk clinched the EuroCup quarterfinal birth. They stormed past VS Praha at home court to secure the next round appearance. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Dynamo Kursk denied any VS Praha hopes in the first period already. The hosts went on a stunning 29:8 run to boost their aggregate lead to 24 points. Dynamo Kursk maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The hosts ensured a 47:24 halftime buffer. VS Praha limited Dynamo at 12 points in the third term and cut the deficit by one point. Dynamo however picked up the tempo in the fourth term and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Ausra Bimbaite (179-SG-82) netted 11 points, while Temeka Johnson and Ekaterina Lisina netted 10 points each for the winners. Marshae Dotson (180-F-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Florida) answered with 16 points for VS Praha. Karolina Elhotova provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Tarbes - Dynamo M. 80-88 Dynamo Moscow put together an impressive comeback effort to stun Tarbes on the road and advanced into EuroCup quarterfinal round. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) delivered 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Russian team. Dynamo faced a one-point deficit after the first leg played in Moscow. But they overcame a slow start in France to deliver the needed result. Tarbes enjoyed a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But Dynamo struck back with a 26:14 rally in the second quarter. The visitors stayed in charge throughout the third term. Dynamo entered the fourth quarter up by 6 points 65:59. Crystal Langhorne and Vidmer made it 71:63 for the visitors early in the fourth frame. The margin soon grew at 13-point mark and the visitors never looked back en route to the victory. Irina Sokolovskaya (187-F-83) delivered 21 points, while Ilona Korstin added 13 points for the winners. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) provided 22 points for Tarbes. Jovana Rad had 17 points in the losing effort.
Chevakata - Antakya 73-46 Chevakata advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They overcame an 18-point deficit after the opening leg of their eighth-final series versus Antakya to punch the next stage ticket. The Vologda team clinched a massive 27-point home win tonight. Antakya stunned Chevakata with a confident start to the game. The Turkish team gained a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. But Chevakata showed character. The hosts triggered a 21:10 run in the second frame to surge ahead for a 32:23 halftime lead. The hosts boosted the lead in the third term. They piled up a 51:35 advantage at the final intermission. It was still not enough for the hosts. But the home team opened the fourth term on a 14:2 rally to gain so much needed 65:37 lead. Chevakata controlled the tempo in the final minutes and celebrated victory at the end. Glory Johnson (190-F-90, college: Tennessee) notched 21 points and 12 rebounds for Chevakata. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) added 14 points in the win. Shekinna Stricklen (187-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) answered with 18 points for Antakya. Jolene Anderson netted 12 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 - 8 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 - 9 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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