Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 9 - Dec 19, 2012
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Bourges - Spartak V MR 77-72 Bourges beat Spartak Moscow Region to tie them on top of Group A of EuroLeague. The French side needed a 77:72 win for 6-2 records. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Vidnoye. Spartak Vidnoye was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Bourges won the last period 25-15 and sealed a 5-point victory. It was a great shooting night for Bourges especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Celine Dumerc chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) with 20 points and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Bourges will play against Rivas Ecopolis on the road in the next round. Spartak Vidnoye will play against UNI Gyor and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tarsus Bld - Rivas Ecopolis 62-74 Rivas Ecopolis upset visiting Tarsus Bld in Turkey for 3-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The Spanish outfit overcame the home side 74:62 and sent them to 1-6 record. Rivas Ecopolis appeared better in the first period and grabbed 17-14 in the first period. Moreover the Spanish team erupted with 20-13 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime. Rivas Ecopolis posted also two quarters in the second half as well. They won the third period 18-17 and finished the game with 19-18 in the last stanza. Cruz Anna top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Queralt Casas (178-G/F-92) netted 12 and Kurasova Olexandra delivered 10. Valdemoro Amaya finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored 16. Doron Shay notched 10, while Can Melisa produced 6.
UNI Gyor - Wisla Can-Pak 83-67
UNI Gyor down Wisla Can-Pak in Hungary at the end of Round 9 in EuroLeague. The hosts beat the Polish representative 83:67 for 4-4 record. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wisla Can-Pak that also fell at 4-4. UNI Gyor won the first game between two sides 67:62, but started with 18-19 in the first period. The rest of the game however belonged to the Hungarian side, especially the second half. They won the third period 19-9 and finished the game with 24-20 in the last stanza. Natalie Hurst top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) added 15. Anna Lakloth (181-G-88) scored 12, while Nora Nagy-Bujdoso (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) replied with 18 points in defeat and Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85) brought 16. Dora Horti (193-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 10 and Anke De Mondt (175-F/G-79) delivered 9 points. Defending Hungarian champion moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with defeated Wisla Can-Pak. UNI Gyor will meet league's leader Spartak Vidnoye on the road in the next round, while Wisla Can-Pak will play against IMOS Brno.
Targoviste - Fenerbahce 60-89 Fenerbahce had little problems overcoming Targoviste in the ninth round of EuroLeague action tonight. The Istanbul team claimed a comprehensive road win to improve at 5-2 record in Group B. Targoviste slipped at 3-5 record outside qualification-needed top four teams. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) delivered 21 points to pace the visitors. Fenerbahce marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Turkish team unloaded 31 points in the opening frame to take a 15-point lead. Targoviste slowed down the visitors but could not get any closer in the second term. The host faced a 15-point deficit at halftime 34:49. Fenerbahce silenced the home fans with a 24:7 run in the third term to take an insurmountable 32-point lead into the fourth quarter. Targoviste outscored the Turkish team in the final term but never threatened the margin. Ivana Matovic provided 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Angel McCoughtry added 15 points for the winners. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) answered with 14 points for Targoviste. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) had 9 points in defeat.
UNIQA Eurol. - Good Angels 64-69 Good Angels retained the top position in EuroLeague Group B. They knocked down UE Sopron in Hungary to climb at 6-2 record on top of the ladder. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) netted 24 points to lead the charge. Good Angels and UE Sopron exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Good Angels eked out a 32:31 halftime advantage. The visitors boosted the margin in the third quarter. The Slovakian powerhouse jumped to a 53:47 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The margin grew at 13-point mark early in the final frame but the hosts refused to give up. UE Sporon went on an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit 57:62. Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) dragged the home team within four points 60:64 with just over three minutes remaining. However Allie Quigley drained a triple and Plenette Pierson sank two free throws to seal the victory for the visitors. Plenette Pierson tallied 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Good Angels. Natasha Lacy chipped in 8 points in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic answered with 21 points for UE Sopron. Zsofia Fegyverneky had 19 points in the loss.
Nadezhda O. - Familia Schio 65-61 Nadezhda open Round 9 with the win in Orenburg. The Russian team overcame Familia Schio 65:61 for 5-3 record in EuroLeague Group B. Nadezhda started the game with a 9-0 run and then posted a 32-19 in the first quarter. The hosts added 16-14 in the second frame and took 48:33 at the halftime. The Italian side however looked better in the second half and won both quarters. They won the third period 13-11 and finished the game with 15-6 in the last stanza. Tamane and Zhedik Natalia brought the last points for the winning side. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Montgomery Renee added 16. Elena Danilochkina (186-SG-86) delivered 13 and Zhedik Natalia scored 11. McCray Danielle ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) brought 15. Masciadri Raffaella notched 9 and Wambe Kathy added 8.
USK Praha - Galatasaray 52-66 Galatasaray improved to 7-1 record in Group C after the win over USK Praha in Czech Republic. The Turkish team posted a 66:62 victory away from home to send the hosts to 3-5 record. Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They started with 12-11 in the first period and added 21-15 in the second frame. Galatasaray posted an 18-12 in the third quarter and then finished with 15-14 in the last stanza. Galatasaray outrebounded USK Praha 37-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Sylvia Fowles stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Isil Alben (170-G-86) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and the Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) scored 7 points. Galatasaray will play against CCC Polkowice at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Novi Zagreb - UMMC 70-101 UMMC Ekaterinburg storm past Novi Zagreb in Croatia winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Croatian Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb 101:70. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg outrebounded Lupa Promotion 38-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Diana Taurasi nailed 16 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Mirna Mazic came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Lupa Promotion in the defeat. UMMC Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending Russian champion maintains first place in Group C with 7-0 record. Lupa Promotion lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost.
CCC Polkowice - Perfumerias 74-63 Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) leads CCC Polkowice over Perfumerias in Round 9 of EuroLeague. The Polish side improved to 3-5 record on the third place after a 74:63 win. The game was mostly controlled by CCC Polkowice. Perfumerias Avenida was better in second period 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Perfumerias Avenida to just 4 points in third quarter. It was a good game for Belinda Snell who led her team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81) answered with 21 points and Le'Coe Willingham added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Perfumerias Avenida. Perfumerias Avenida keeps the sixth position with six games lost. CCC Polkowice will face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round, while Perfumerias Avenida will play at home against Mondeville.
Brittney Griner claims Euroleague weekly honour - 3 days ago
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American Brittney Griner (203-C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's leader UMMC and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 26-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for UMMC in her team's victory, helping them to outclass UNIQA Eurol. (#5, 4-5) with 26-point margin 82-56. It allowed UMMC to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. UMMC have a solid 8-1 record. Griner turned to be UMMC's t... [read more]
American Brittney Griner (203-C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's leader UMMC and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 26-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for UMMC in her team's victory, helping them to outclass UNIQA Eurol. (#5, 4-5) with 26-point margin 82-56. It allowed UMMC to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. UMMC have a solid 8-1 record. Griner turned to be UMMC's top player in her first season with the team. Baylor University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griner is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 58.8% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of USK Praha. Petrovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she led USK Praha to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Wisla Can-Pack (#6, 2-7) 90-70. USK Praha's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Petrovic is a newcomer at USK Praha and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 9.8rpg and 3.8apg.
The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of top-ranked Dynamo K.. Ogwumike scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Dynamo K., leading her team to a 84-70 easy win against Mersin BSB (#8, 0-9). Dynamo K. have amazing season winning all 9 games without a single defeat. Ogwumike turns to be one of the very best players in the league while she is also a leader of the top team having her eyes on the championship title. Ogwumike has a great season in Euroleague. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) of Familia Schio - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Elodie Godin (191-C-85) of Lattes Montp. - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Courtney Paris (191-C-87) of Hatay - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Tiffany Mitchell (175-G-94) of Nadezhda O. - 26 points and 5 rebounds 8. Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87) of USK Praha - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Dynamo K. - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of UMMC - 13 points and 5 rebounds
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)
Rachel Jarry leaves Lattes Montpellier - 3 days ago
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26-year old Australian international small forward Rachel Jarry (185-91) left Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB). In 10 games she recorded 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg this season. She helped them to win the Supercup. Jarry also played 5 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season she played at SEQ in Australian WNBL. In 25 games she had 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.6apg. Jarry contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. In 2011 she was draf... [read more]
26-year old Australian international small forward Rachel Jarry (185-91) left Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB). In 10 games she recorded 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg this season. She helped them to win the Supercup. Jarry also played 5 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season she played at SEQ in Australian WNBL. In 25 games she had 14.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.6apg. Jarry contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. In 2011 she was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (18th overall). Jarry won Australian WNBL championship title in 2011. She has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Jarry has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009. She represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg. Jarry has played previously for four other Australian teams: Minnesota Lynx, Boomers, Australian Institute of Sport and Ballarat Rush.
Results and Stats from Round 9 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
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Group A UNI Gyor - Familia Schio 46-91 There was no surprise when 7th ranked Hungarian UNI Gyor (1-8) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Italian Familia Schio (4-5) 91-46 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Familia Schio. UNI Gyor was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UNI Gyor to just 4 points in fourth quarter and to 10 points in second half. Familia Schio dominate... [read more]
There was no surprise when 7th ranked Hungarian UNI Gyor (1-8) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Italian Familia Schio (4-5) 91-46 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Familia Schio. UNI Gyor was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UNI Gyor to just 4 points in fourth quarter and to 10 points in second half. Familia Schio dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UNI Gyor's 30. Familia Schio forced 20 UNI Gyor turnovers and outrebounded them 30-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Familia Schio especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by UNI Gyor's players. The best player for the winners was forward Laura Macchi (188-79) who scored 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). French Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Familia Schio players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Belarusian swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88) who recorded 16 points and guard Zsofia Simon (181-89, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Italian champion maintains fifth place in Group A with 4-5 record. Loser UNI Gyor keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Familia Schio will face Wisla Can-Pack (#6) in Krakow in the next round. UNI Gyor will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fenerbahce in Istanbul and hope to win that game. Top scorers: UNI Gyor: T.Likhtarovich 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Simon 11+2ast, C.Goree 7+4reb, B.Kiesel 4+2ast, D.Marko 2+2reb, A.Torok 2+1reb+1ast Familia Schio: L.Macchi 17+3reb+4ast, N.Miyem 14+1reb+5ast, G.Sottana 13+3reb+3ast, N.Martinez 12+4reb+2ast, J.Anderson 9+4reb+4ast, C.Zandalasini 8+3reb+5ast
The most exciting game of round 9 in the Euroleague took place in Lattes. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Turkish Fenerbahce (7-2) to fourth ranked French Lattes Montpellier (6-3) 58-56 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lattes Montpellier forced 22 Fenerbahce turnovers. Strangely Fenerbahce outrebounded Lattes Montpellier 39-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Elodie Godin (191-85) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Anael Lardy (170-87) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Jantel Lavender (191-88, college: Ohio St.) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Birsel Vardarli (175-84) added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Defending French champion maintains fourth place in Group A with 6-3 record. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the second position with two games lost. Lattes Montpellier are looking forward to face league's leader Dynamo Kursk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fenerbahce will play against UNI Gyor and is hoping to win this game. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: A.Quigley 14+1reb+1ast, J.Lavender 13+8reb+1ast, S.Gruda 10+6reb+2ast, S.Stricklen 10+6reb, B.Vardarli 5+8reb+7ast, A.Cora 2 Lattes Montp.: E.Godin 15+6reb+3ast, A.Lardy 13+2reb, S.Michel 9+2reb+3ast, G.Robert 8+3reb+2ast, G.Skrela 6+1reb+2ast, F.Sacko 4+5reb+1ast
No shocking result in a game in Krakow where third ranked Czech USK Praha (7-2) smashed 6th ranked Polish Wisla Can-Pack (2-7) 90-70 on Wednesday. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Wisla Can-Pack's 36. USK Praha looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American power forward Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. USK Praha's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Chilean center Ziomara Morrison (194-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Belgian point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-95, college: California) added 23 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Czech champion maintains third place in Group A with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Dynamo K. Defending Polish champion Wisla Can-Pack keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. USK Praha will face bottom-ranked Mersin BSB (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Wisla Can-Pack will play against Familia Schio and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Wisla Can-Pack: H.Ben Abdelkader 23+2reb+1ast, Z.Morrison 15+11reb, M.Simmons 11+5reb+5ast, A.Szott-Hejmej 10+5reb+6ast, S.Ygueravide 9+2reb+3ast, M.Zietara 2+5reb+2ast USK Praha: S.Petrovic 27+12reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 19+5reb+2ast, A.Hanusova 14+5reb+3ast, M.Xargay Casademont 10+3reb+5ast, T.Vyoralova 9+3reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 7+2reb+1ast
Russian undefeated leader Dynamo Kursk delivered the ninth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked Turkish Mersin BSB (0-9) 84-70. It looked good early as Mersin BSB took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dynamo Kursk took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 14 points. They also forced 22 Mersin BSB turnovers. Dynamo Kursk players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nneka Ogwumike (189-90, college: Stanford) nailed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. American guard Danielle Robinson (178-89, college: Oklahoma) came up with 14 points and 8 assists and the other American import center Aneika Henry-Morello (193-86, college: Florida) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Mersin BSB in the defeat. Dynamo Kursk maintains first place in Group A with 9-0 record. Mersin BSB at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Dynamo Kursk's next round opponent will be Lattes Montpellier (#4) at home. Mersin BSB will play against USK Praha (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Mersin BSB: A.Henry-Morello 18+5reb, G.Petronyte 17+2reb, D.Robinson 14+2reb+8ast, N.Kartaltepe 7+4reb+10ast, G.Dogan 7+2reb+3ast, K.Nevlin 7+6reb+1ast Dynamo K.: N.Ogwumike 23+7reb+3ast, A.Cruz 15+2reb+5ast, A.McCoughtry 14+8reb+6ast, E.Prince 9+2reb+2ast, M.Vadeeva 8+6reb+2ast, H.Ciak 7+3reb+1ast
There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Spanish Perfumerias Avenida (4-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Turkish Hatay (3-6) 68-64 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hatay outrebounded Perfumerias Avenida 38-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Courtney Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Kazakhstan-Belarusian forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American forward Adaora Elonu (185-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Silvia Dominguez (166-87) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Hatay maintains seventh place in Group B with 3-6 record. Defending Spanish champion Perfumerias Avenida dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hatay will face league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Top scorers: Avenida: A.Elonu 15+9reb+2ast, E.De Souza 13+5reb+1ast, S.Dominguez 11+6reb+5ast, C.Givens 9+4reb+5ast, G.Marginean 5+1ast, L.Gil 5+3reb Hatay: K.Snytsina 22+4reb+2ast, C.Paris 15+18reb+3ast, N.Hurst 14+2reb+2ast, B.Ozturk 6+5reb+4ast, J.Popovic 4+1ast, T.Oral 3+2reb
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Russian Nadezhda Orenburg (7-2) against fourth ranked French Villeneuve D'Ascq (5-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Nadezhda Orenburg was defeated by Villeneuve D'Ascq in Villeneuve 83-71. Nadezhda Orenburg was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of Villeneuve D'Ascq, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Senegalese-French forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) who led her team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Valerianne Ayayi (184-94) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Villeneuve D'Ascq players scored in double figures. American guard Tiffany Mitchell (175-94, college: S.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nadezhda Orenburg. Villeneuve D'Ascq maintains fourth place in Group B with 5-4 record. Nadezhda Orenburg at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Villeneuve D'Ascq will play against Perfumerias Avenida (#6) in Salamanca in the next round. Nadezhda Orenburg will play at home against CCC Polkowice (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Nadezhda O.: T.Mitchell 26+5reb+1ast, A.Bazoukou 12+8reb, E.Williams 11+6reb+2ast, T.Petrushina 8, N.Anoykina 5+3reb, C.Ouvina 4+4reb+6ast Villeneuve: M.Sy-Diop 16+5reb+3ast, V.Ayayi 15+6reb+2ast, V.Bremont 15+2reb+5ast, A.Iagupova 13+3reb+4ast, A.Gaye 6+3reb, J.Gomis-Halilovic 6+1reb+2ast
Bottom-ranked Polish CCC Polkowice (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 65-59 loss to third ranked French Bourges (5-4) in Polkowice on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bourges looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by CCC Polkowice's players. The best player for the winners was Brazilian center Clarissa Dos Santos (184-88) who scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Miljana Bojovic (181-87) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bourges' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jamierra Faulkner (168-92, college: S.Mississippi) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists and Russian guard Valeriya Musina (183-87, college: Lee) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Bourges maintains third place in Group B with 5-4 record having four points less than leader Dynamo K. Loser CCC Polkowice still closes the standings with nine games lost. Bourges will face MKB Euroleasing (#5) in Sopron in the next round. CCC Polkowice will play on the road against the league's second-placed Nadezhda Orenburg and looks forward to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: CCC Polkowice: J.Faulkner 21+2reb+6ast, V.Musina 17+8reb+3ast, I.Harrison 6+5reb, M.Ortiz 5+3reb+1ast, M.Leciejewska 4+2reb, M.Rezan 2+2reb Bourges: C.Dos Santos 20+4reb+1ast, M.Bojovic 13+5reb+5ast, A.Chartereau 10+2reb+2ast, K.Alexander 6+11reb+4ast, M.Johannes 5+3reb+7ast, P.Salagnac 4+3reb+2ast
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sopron. First ranked Russian UMMC Ekaterinburg faced 4th placed Hungarian MKB Euroleasing. Guests from Ekaterinburg (8-1) smashed host MKB Euroleasing (4-5) 82-56. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-12 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated on the defensive end, holding MKB Euroleasing to just 6 points in third quarter and to 12 points in second half. UMMC Ekaterinburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by MKB Euroleasing's players. American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. UMMC Ekaterinburg's coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Shenise Johnson (181-90, college: Miami, FL) with 14 points and 4 assists and guard Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Defending Russian champion maintains first place in Group B with 8-1 record. Defending Hungarian champion MKB Euroleasing dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. UMMC Ekaterinburg will meet at home Hatay (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. MKB Euroleasing will play against Bourges and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: UNIQA Eurol.: S.Johnson 14+4reb+4ast, Z.Fegyverneky 12+3reb+6ast, A.Crvendakic 12+9reb, B.Hatar 8+3reb, C.George 6+6reb, D.Dubei 2+1reb+1ast UMMC: B.Griner 22+9reb+2ast, E.Meesseman 13+5reb, D.Taurasi 13+1reb+7ast, K.Toliver 8+3reb+6ast, A.Torrens 7+1reb+3ast, S.Lyttle 6+3reb+2ast
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