Spartak V MR - UNI Gyor 100-62 Spartak Moscow Region overwhelm UNI Gyor in Round 10 opener. The Russian team celebrated a 100:62 win for 7-2 record in Group A. The Hungarian team fell at 4-5 record. Spartak Moscow Region started the game with 22-13 and never looked behind after. The team added massive 32-18 surge in the second frame and led 25 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted also two victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 22-20 and finished the game with 24-11 in the last stanza. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) paced all the winners with 17 points and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) added 14. Seimone Augustus brought 13, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui scored 11. Ieva Kublina answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Krisztina Raksanyi as well as Rita Rasheed (182-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9 each in defeat. Natalie Hurst delivered 8 points in the losing effort.
Rivas Ecopolis - Bourges 65-62 Rivas Ecopolis improved to 5-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The Spanish outfit overcame Bourges 65:62 in the top game of the round. The most exciting game of round 10 in the Euroleague took place in Rivas. Bourges were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rivas Ecopolis made 16-of-17 free shots during the game. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) scored 26 points to lead the charge for the winners and Aneika Henry chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) scored 21 points. Rivas Ecopolis moved-up to third place in Group A. Rivas Ecopolis are looking forward to face UNI Gyor on the road in the next round. Bourges will play against Tarsus Bld in Mersin and are hoping to win this game.
Wisla Can-Pak - IMOS Brno 69-47 Wisla Can-Pak outgun IMOS Brno in Krakow for 5-4 record in Group A. The Polish side grabbed a 69:47 win after a miserable Hungarian trip in the last round. Wisla Can-Pak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Wisla Can-Pak forced 22 IMOS Brno turnovers. Tina Charles had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Alana Beard chipped in 14 points during the contest. Horti finished the game with 11 points and Zurowska added 9. At the losing side Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Defending Polish champion maintains fourth position in Group A with 5-4 record. Loser IMOS Brno keeps the sixth place with six games lost.
Fenerbahce - Nadezhda O. 93-67 Fenerbahce leave no chance visiting Nadezhda in Round 10 of EuroLeague. The Turkish side improved to 6-2 record after a 93:67 win. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Nadezhda Orenburg's players. Ivana Matovic scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Fenerbahce moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Familia Schio. Nadezhda Orenburg keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Fenerbahce will face MKB Euroleasing in Sopron in the next round. Nadezhda Orenburg will play at home against CSM Targoviste.
Good Angels - Arras 78-52 Good Angels keep Arras winless in EuroLeague. The Slovakian Champions smashed bottom-ranked French Arras 78:52 on Wednesday. Good Angels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Arras' 26. They outrebounded Arras 52-27 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UTEP) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side Johanne Gomis (179-SG-85) responded with 16 points and Dawn Evans scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Good Angels have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Slovakian champion maintains first position in Group B with 7-2 record. Arras still closes the standings with eight games lost. Good Angels will have a break next round. Arras will play at home against the Familia Schio and hope to get finally their first victory.
Familia Schio - UNIQA Euroleasing 89-71
Familia Schio closed the Round with the win over UNIQA Euroleasing 89:71. The Italian team improved to 7-2 record and sent the guests to 2-7 record. Familia Schio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded MKB Euroleasing 40-22 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Familia Schio looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by MKB Euroleasing's players. Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. She was named the second best player in the round's games Lavender had a very good evening with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Danielle McCray (186-SG-87, college: Kansas) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and Reka Cserny scored 12 points. Familia Schio will face bottom-ranked Arras on the road in the next round where they are favorite. MKB Euroleasing will play against Fenerbahce in Istanbul.
Galatasaray - CCC Polkowice 51-58 CCC Polkowice shock the Turkish Cup Champions in Istanbul. The Polish side grabbed 58:51 defensive for 4-5 record. The Turkish team meanwhile fell at 7-2 record. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galatasaray. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Laia Palau (176-G-79) fired 6 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Ann Wauters produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. CCC Polkowice maintains fourth position in Group C with 4-5 record. Galatasaray keeps the second place with two games lost. CCC Polkowice will meet at home league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Galatasaray will play against Mondeville.
Perfumerias - Mondeville 82-54 Perfumerias closed Wednesday action on a high note as they beat Mondeville 82:54. The Spanish outfit improved to 3-6 record, while French Mondeville tied its record at 4-4. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mondeville. Perfumerias Avenida led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perfumerias Avenida forced 24 Mondeville turnovers. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) notched 22 points to lead the effort and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) supported her with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by Ingrid Tanqueray did not help to save the game for Mondeville. Laetitia Kamba (187-F-87) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Perfumerias Avenida moved-up to fifth place in Group C, which they share with USK Praha. Mondeville at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost.
UMMC - USK Praha 94-75 Parker and Taurasi combine for 50 points in a win over USK Praha. Their UMMC won 94:75 in the first game of Wednesday clashes. The Russian team improved to perfect 8-0 record on top of Group C. UMMC Ekaterinburg started the game with 33-22 lead but had difficulties in the end of the half. The team from Czech Republic replied with 29-18 in the second frame and tied the game at 51:51. Later on the court was dominated by the hosts. UMMC created a 22-4 surge as Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) scored for 73:55. The Russian titan added 17-14 rally in the last quarter for the final result. Parker Candace erupted with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) netted 24. Ewelina Kobryn posted 12 and Dominguez Silvia had 9. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Viteckova Eva as well as Burgrova Ilona notched 14 each. Elhotova Katerina and Vaughn Kia added 10 points apiece in a loss.
Final Four MVP: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC; Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC; Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC; Forward of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo K.; Center of the Year: Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce; European Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC; Import of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo K.; Defensive Player of the Year: Cristina Ouvina (173- [read more]
UMMC hold off Nadezhda, grab third EuroLeague title - Apr 17, 2016
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UMMC - Nadezhda 72:69 UMMC celebrated their third EuroLeague title tonight. Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) nailed 22 points to lead the Ekaterinburg team past their Russian rivals Nadezhda in an exciting Final clash in Istanbul. It was never easy for UMMC. Nadezhda controlled the tempo in the opening period. The Orenburg team jumped to a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Nadezhda boosted their advantage in the second period. They piled up a 40:33 halftime advantage.... [read more]
UMMC - Nadezhda 72:69
UMMC celebrated their third EuroLeague title tonight. Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) nailed 22 points to lead the Ekaterinburg team past their Russian rivals Nadezhda in an exciting Final clash in Istanbul. It was never easy for UMMC. Nadezhda controlled the tempo in the opening period. The Orenburg team jumped to a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Nadezhda boosted their advantage in the second period. They piled up a 40:33 halftime advantage. Nadezhda extended the gap at 8-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. However UMMC tipped off the final period on a 9:2 run to narrow the margin. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) tied things up at 67 with just over two minutes left in regulation. Then Diana Taurasi drained a three-pointer to put UMMC in front. She followed with two free throws late in regulation to give UMMC a three-point lead. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had a chance to force overtime but her three-pointer missed the mark as UMMC got away with the trophy. Sancho Lyttle provided 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) added 12 points in the win. DeWanna Bonner responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Nadezhda. Kayla McBride (180-G-92, college: Notre Dame) had 20 points in the loss.
Fenerbahce top USK Praha, clinch Bronze in Istanbul - Apr 17, 2016
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Fenerbahce - USK Praha 73:69 Fenerbahce recovered well from the loss in the opening day of EuroLeague Final Four and beat USK Praha in the consolation final in Istanbul today. Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up with 22 points to pace the local favourites. USK Praha looked solid in the opening frame. The Czech powerhouse jumped to a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Fenerbahce however slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The hosts held USK Praha to... [read more]
Fenerbahce - USK Praha 73:69
Fenerbahce recovered well from the loss in the opening day of EuroLeague Final Four and beat USK Praha in the consolation final in Istanbul today. Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up with 22 points to pace the local favourites. USK Praha looked solid in the opening frame. The Czech powerhouse jumped to a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Fenerbahce however slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The hosts held USK Praha to just 10 points to take a 37:34 halftime advantage. USK Praha regained the lead in the third quarter. The visitors eked out a 49:50 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Fenebahce sank 24 points in the final period and got away with a narrow victory. Jantel Lavender (191-C-88, college: Ohio St.) had 14 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) added 10 points for Fenerbahce. Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) responded with 17 points for USK Praha. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
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