Tarsus Bld - UNI Gyor 81-70 Tarsus tastes a rare success in EuroLeague and celebrated only their second win. The Turkish team overcame UNI Gyor 81:70 for 2-8 record. The game was mostly controlled by Tarsus Bld. UNI Gyor managed to win fourth quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by Delisha Milton-Jones (186-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and Melisa Can supported her with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Natalie Hurst (164-PG-83) did not help to save the game for UNI Gyor. Anna Lakloth (181-G-88) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Defending Hungarian champion UNI Gyor dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Tarsus Bld will meet at home bottom-ranked IMOS Brno in the next round. UNI Gyor will play against Bourges and hope to secure a win.
Rivas Ecopolis - IMOS Brno 67-50 Rivas Ecopolis climbs to the third place in Group A after the win over IMOS Brno in Spain. The hosts won 67:50 and took 6-4 record. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Rivas Ecopolis's pressure prevailed and they won that period 19-8 extending their advantage to 17 points. Rivas Ecopolis forced 28 IMOS Brno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rivas Ecopolis made 8 blocks. It was a good game for Anna Cruz who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 5 steals. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Nicole Ohlde added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for IMOS Brno. IMOS Brno lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with eight games lost. Rivas Ecopolis will face Wisla Can-Pak in Krakow in the next round. IMOS Brno will play on the road against Tarsus Bld in Mersin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Spartak V MR - Wisla Can-Pak 89-63 Spartak Moscow Region has no mercy for Wisla in the start of Round 12 in EuroLeague. The Russian team improved to 9-2 record on top of Group A after a confident 89:63 win. Spartak Moscow Region won the first period 25-14 over the Beard-less visitors. They added 20-18 in the second frame and led 45:32 at the halftime. Moreover the hosts did not slow down and dominated also the second half. They posted 22 points in the third and the same number of points in the last stanza for the final result. Wisla fell at 5-5 record in the group. Baric Nika top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) notched 14. Petrovic Sonja delivered 12, while Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) notched 11 and Augustus Seimone scored 10. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Anke De Mondt scored 11. Ouvina Cristina poured in 9, whilst Pawlak Paulina had 8.
Targoviste - UNIQA Eurol. 57-65 Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) paced MKB Euroleasing over Targoviste in Romania. She scored 15 points as the guests grabbed a 65:57 win. CSM Targoviste trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 57-65 at the end of the game. CSM Targoviste was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Amber Holt contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) replied with 17 points and Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CSM Targoviste. MKB Euroleasing maintains sixth position in Group B with 3-8 record. CSM Targoviste lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Romanian champion keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. MKB Euroleasing will face Nadezhda at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CSM Targoviste will play against Arras.
Familia Schio - Good Angels 67-78 Good Angels closed the Round with a road win over Familia Schio. The Slovakian side improved to 8-2 record in Group B after 78:67 win. It looked good early as Familia Schio took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Good Angels had a 26-17 second period charge getting the lead and Familia Schio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-78. Good Angels forced 19 Familia Schio turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Plenette Pierson who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds and Natasha Lacy (178-PG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UTEP) who added 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Danielle McCray (186-SG-87, college: Kansas) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Good Angels have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Slovakian champion keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with Fenerbahce. Familia Schio at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Good Angels will play against Fenerbahce in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Fenerbahce - Arras 81-75 Fenerbahce escaped with the win over Arras at the EuroLeague Wednesday action. Fenerbahce added another victory to their record as they beat seventh ranked French Arras in Istanbul 81:75. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81:75. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Arras' players. It was a good game for Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dawn Evans (170-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: JMU) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Olesia Malashenko added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Arras. Fenerbahce will face Good Angels in Kosice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arras will play at home against CSM Targoviste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Novi Zagreb - CCC Polkowice 55-76 CCC Polkowice demolish Novi Zagreb in Croatia to reach 5-6 record. The Polish side grabbed a 76:55 win and moved to the third place in Group C. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Mirna Mazic added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lupa Promotion. Lupa Promotion lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. CCC Polkowice will face USK Praha on the road in the next round. Lupa Promotion will play against Mondeville.
Galatasaray - Perfumerias 68-56 Galatasaray sent Perfumerias down the ladder at the Round 12 of EuroLeague. The Turkish team won and improved to 9-2 record, while the Spanish team fell at 3-7 in Group C. Galatasaray opened the game with 17-16 and added 14-10 in the second frame. The third quarter fully belonged to the Turkish team that needed a 23-12 for 16-point lead after three quarters. Perfumerias answered with 18-14 win in the last stanza but was too far to catch up with the favorites. Whalen Lindsay paced all the winners with 19 points and Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) notched 16. Wauters Ann delivered 12, while Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) nailed 10. Xargay Casademont Marta ended up with 18 points in defeat and Marta Fernandez (178-G/F-81) scored 13. Willingham Le'Coe collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Sulciute Egle had 8.
UMMC - Mondeville 79-58 UMMC Ekaterinburg rout USO Mondeville in Round 12 opener. The Russian titan enjoyed a 79:58 home win in front of almost 5000 fans. UMMC Ekaterinburg did not waste time and started with 24-13 in the first period. USO Mondeville managed to win the second frame 17-16 and reduced to 40:30 at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the Russian team that posted two victories in the third and the last stanzas. UMMC needed 20-16 in the third period and then added 19-12 in the last stanzas. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Kobryn Ewelina nailed 19. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) delivered 10, while Nolan Deanna posted 6. Quinn Noelle ended up with 14 points in defeat and Lassiter Amanda scored 12. Coulibaly Naignouma brought 9, while Kamba Laetitia had 8.
Brittney Griner claims Euroleague weekly honour - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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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