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.
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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