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.
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 - 11 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 - 12 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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