Tarsus Bld - IMOS Brno 81-72 Tarsus beat BK IMOS Brno in Round 13 opener. The Turkish team left the bottom of the group with an 81:72 win and improved to 3-8 record. Both teams entered the game with 2-8 record and needed a win for a step higher in the standings. Tarsus started the game with 24-16 and led 5 points at the halftime. Moreover the hosts won the third and the last quarters in the game. Tarsus won the third period 21-18 and finished the game with 15-14 in the last stanza. Danielle Marie Robinson (178-G-89, college: Oklahoma) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) nailed 17. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) added 14, while Can brought 13 points and 10 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi answered with 25 points in defeat and Nicole Ohlde added 22. Hanusova and Kasparkova followed them with 6 points each in a loss.
Wisla Can-Pak - Rivas Ecopolis 74-66 Wisla Can-Pak edged Rivas Ecopolis to tie both records at 6-5 in EuroLegaue Group A. Visiting Rivas Ecopolis were defeated by Wisla Can-Pak in a tough game in Krakow 66:74. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-13 Rivas Ecopolis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74:66 at the end of the game. Wisla Can-Pak forced 23 Rivas Ecopolis turnovers. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) accounted for 16 points. Anna Cruz came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) added 15 points respectively for Rivas Ecopolis in the defeat. Wisla Can-Pak will play against Tarsus Bld in Mersin in the next round. Rivas Ecopolis will play at home against the league's leader Spartak Vidnoye and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
UNI Gyor - Bourges 59:65
Bourges closed the round with the away victory in Hungary. The French team improved to 8-3 record in Group A after a 65:59 win over UNI Gyor. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UNI Gyor won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bourges won last quarter 17-12. Bourges outrebounded UNI Gyor 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Nwal-Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) chipped in 13 points and 10 assists. At the losing side Zsofia Simon (180-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) scored 18 points. UNI Gyor keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Bourges will face bottom-ranked IMOS Brno at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UNI Gyor will have a break next round.
UNIQA Eurol. - Nadezhda O. 68-74 Nadezhda pip MKB Euroleasing away from home for 7-4 record in EuroLeague. The Russian team won 74:68 to send the opponents to 3-9 record. Nadezhda Orenburg had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Iva Perovanovic chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) produced 25 points and Shenise Johnson (180-G-90, college: Miami, FL) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nadezhda Orenburg moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Familia Schio. MKB Euroleasing at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Nadezhda Orenburg will meet at home bottom-ranked Arras in the next round. MKB Euroleasing will have a break next round.
Good Angels - Fenerbahce 66-63 Good Angels shock Fenerbahce in Kosice to take the leading position in Group B. The home side needed a 66:63 win for 9-2 record on top. Round 13 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Turkish Fenerbahce. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fenerbahce. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Fenerbahce won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) stepped up and scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Esmeral Tuncluer scored 12 points. Fenerbahce face strong Familia Schio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Good Angels will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked CSM Targoviste on the road.
Arras - Targoviste 67-66 Gomis brings the win for Arras from the arc with 8 seconds left against Targoviste. She nailed a three-pointer for a minimum 67:66 victory. CSM Targoviste cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Arras forced 31 CSM Targoviste turnovers. Dawn Evans fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jillian Robbins (190-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa) produced 9 points and 13 rebounds and Ivanka Matic (193-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Arras maintains seventh place in Group B with 2-9 record. CSM Targoviste lost their sixth game in a row. Defending Romanian champion keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Arras will meet higher ranked Nadezhda Orenburg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSM Targoviste will play against the league's leader Good Angels.
USK Praha - CCC Polkowice 60-71 Snell and Ogwumike lead CCC Polkowice over USK Praha in the capital of Czech Republic. They combined for 52 points as CCC Polkowice stole a 71:60 victory. USK Praha was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 46-26 second half run of CCC Polkowice. Worth to mention a great performance of Nnemkadi Ogwumike who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws). Belinda Snell contributed with 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha. Defending Czech champion USK Praha keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. CCC Polkowice will have a break next round. USK Praha will play at home against Mondeville.
Mondeville - Novi Zagreb 79-74 Mondeville hand Novi Zagreb their 6th consecutive loss in EuroLeague. The French side won 79:74 and improved to 5-6 record. Croatian Lupa Promotion meanwhile fell at 1-10 record. Lupa Promotion was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mondeville forced 24 Lupa Promotion turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Laetitia Kamba who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Ingrid Tanqueray (166-PG-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Leilani Mitchell added 16 points in the effort for Lupa Promotion. Mondeville's next round opponent will be USK Praha on the road. Lupa Promotion will play against Perfumerias Avenida in Salamanca.
Perfumerias - UMMC 65-57 Perfumerias hand UMMC their first loss in EuroLeague this season. The Spanish team shocked UMMC Ekaterinburg 65:57 as there are no undefeated teams left this season in the competition. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of UMMC Ekaterinburg. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Maria Stepanova added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the defeat. Perfumerias Avenida moved-up to fifth place in Group C, which they share with USK Praha. Defending Russian champion UMMC Ekaterinburg still keeps top position with one game lost. Perfumerias Avenida will play against bottom-ranked Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb in the next round. UMMC Ekaterinburg will play against Galatasaray and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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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