Nantes - MBK Ruzomb. 57-79 MBK Ruzomberok became the first team to reach EuroCup semifinals. They fired past Nantes Reze in France tonight to overcome a six-point deficit after the first leg of the quarterfinal series. Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC) came up with impressive 28 points to lead MBK Ruzomberok to a decisive victory. Nantes Reze seemed in control of their fate in the opening stage of the game. The hosts gained a 20:15 lead after the starting quarter and an 11-point advantage on aggregate. But the things started to turn MBK Ruzomberok way in the second quarter. The visitors went on a 26:14 run to secure a 41:34 halftime lead. The Slovakian team stretched the lead in the third term. The visitors held Nantes to 8 points in the period to secure a massive 19-point lead heading into the fourth frame. MBK Ruzomberok limited the hosts to 15 points in the final quarter and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) delivered 13 points for the winners. Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Nantes Reze. Yuliya Andreyeva chipped in 11 points in the losing case.
Dynamo K. - Kayseri 77-64 OT Kayseri and Dynamo Kursk came up with a thrilling clash in Russia tonight to decide on the second semifinalists of EuroCup. Kayseri needed to protect their 15-point victory in Turkey to advance. Dynamo gained a 15-point advantage at the end of regulation to level things up on aggregate. The teams headed into overtime where Kayseri celebrated a two-point victory and advanced into the next round. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Kayseri looked well in control of their fate in the opening quarter. Having entered the game with a 15-point buffer from the first leg the Turkish team quickly stretched it to as many as 24 following a 23:14 rally. But Dynamo refused to surrender. The Kursk outfit went on a 21:8 run in the second quarter to surge ahead. Dynamo ignited a 22:7 rally in the third quarter to enjoy a 6-point lead on aggregate before the fourth term. Kayseri needed some late heroics from Zoi Dimitrakou to stay in the fight. She notched five points in a row to cap the regulation sending the game into overtime. LaToya Sanders and Zoi Dimitrakou teamed up for six points in the extra period to seal the victory for Kayseri. Evanthia Maltsi and LaToya Sanders had 12 points each for the winners. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) answered with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Dynamo Kursk. Ekaterina Lisina netted 16 points in defeat.
Lattes Montp. - Dynamo M. 84-86 Dynamo Moscow claimed their EuroCup semifinal ticket in style beating Lattes Montpellier on the road. It was the second straight win for Dynamo in the quarterfinal series as they reached the next stage of the tournament. Dynamo entered the return leg of the series enjoying a 22-point advantage after the home success. They made it quite clear who were the favourites silencing the crowd in Lattes with a 29:13 run in the first term. Montpellier showed character as they answered with a 26:16 run in the second quarter. Montpellier cut the deficit at 5-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Montpellier fired 24 points in the fourth frame cutting the deficit but Dynamo hung on to celebrate a narrow win at the end. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) netted 26 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Dynamo. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) contributed 15 points for the winners. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 19 points for Lattes Montpellier. Geraldine Robert had 16 points in the loss.
Union Hainaut - Chevakata 45-66 Chevakata posted the second consecutive win over Union Hainaut and sealed their EuroCup semifinal appearance. Glory Johnson (190-F-90, college: Tennessee) scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Vologda team to a convincing victory in France tonight. Chevakata held to a comfortable 28-point lead after the home game. They did not waste too much time consolidating it even further. The Russian team limited Union Hainaut to 7 points in the opening frame to take a 4-point lead. The visitors went on a deadly 24:9 run in the second quarter to clear off. Union Hainaut struggled to get any closer in the next two periods. Chevakata dominated in every facet of the game and raced to a confident win at the end. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) finished with 19 points, while Elena Volkova added 9 points for the winners. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 14 points for Union Hainaut. Ify Ibekwe chipped in 9 points in the loss.
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 - 9 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 - 10 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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