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.
Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Fenerbahce and USK Praha enter Final Four - 14 days ago
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Fenerbahce - Avenida 87-80 Fenerbahce outscored Avenida in the decider and reached the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-80. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) who scored 28 points and 8 assists. American center Jantel Lavender (1... [read more]
Fenerbahce outscored Avenida in the decider and reached the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-80. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) who scored 28 points and 8 assists. American center Jantel Lavender (191-88, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Silvia Dominguez (166-87) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists and Serbian Jelena Milovanovic (190-89) added 18 points respectively. Four Fenerbahce and five Perfumerias Avenida players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Avenida: J.Milovanovic 18+4reb+2ast, S.Dominguez 17+3reb+5ast, C.Givens 13+3reb+5ast, L.Quevedo 13+1ast, A.Elonu 10+9reb+3ast, L.Gil 6+4reb+1ast Fenerbahce: A.Quigley 28+8ast, S.Gruda 16+6reb+2ast, J.Lavender 16+7reb+1ast, C.Parker 12+3reb+3ast, A.Veremeenko 8+8reb+5ast, A.Cora 5+2ast
USK Praha upset Nadezhda in Orenburg and entered Final Four. It looked good early as Nadezhda Orenburg took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then USK Praha took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 13 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Nadezhda Orenburg's 30. It was a good game for American power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Spanish point guard Cristina Ouvina (173-90) answered with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Elizabeth Williams (190-93, college: Duke) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nadezhda Orenburg. Top scorers: Nadezhda O.: N.Anoykina 10+3reb, N.Zhedik 10+3reb+1ast, C.Ouvina 8+6reb+4ast, T.Mitchell 8+2reb+1ast, E.Williams 6+9reb+2ast, A.Shilova 5+2reb USK Praha: C.Dupree 21+10reb, S.Petrovic 18+4reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 16+3reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 6+10reb+1ast, T.Vyoralova 4+2ast, L.Palau 3+4reb+4ast
Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. UMMC and Dynamo Kursk make it into Final Four - 19 days ago
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Avenida - Fenerbahce 76-66 Avenida rolled past Fenerbahce to force the decider. The game was mostly controlled by Perfumerias Avenida. Fenerbahce managed to win fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perfumerias Avenida made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Perfumerias Avenida especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was Ser... [read more]
Avenida rolled past Fenerbahce to force the decider. The game was mostly controlled by Perfumerias Avenida. Fenerbahce managed to win fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perfumerias Avenida made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Perfumerias Avenida especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian Jelena Milovanovic (190-89) who scored 22 points. Brazilian center Erika De-Souza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Perfumerias Avenida players scored in double figures. French center Sandrine Gruda (193-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: C.Parker 12+8reb, S.Gruda 12+10reb+3ast, J.Lavender 10+7reb+2ast, A.Veremeenko 9+3reb+2ast, A.Quigley 8+3reb+1ast, P.Bilgic 6+3reb+2ast Avenida: J.Milovanovic 22+4reb+2ast, E.De Souza 13+12reb+2ast, A.Elonu 11+6reb+1ast, C.Givens 11+3reb+4ast, L.Quevedo 8+1ast, L.Gil 7+2reb+1ast
UMMC stunned Familia Schio in Italy to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg outrebounded Familia Schio 41-26 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. UMMC Ekaterinburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) notched 26 points to lead the effort and American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) supported her with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Cecilia Zandalasini (183-96) did not help to save the game for Familia Schio. Forward Laura Macchi (188-79) added 21 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Familia Schio: L.Macchi 21+2reb, C.Zandalasini 16+5reb+3ast, R.Masciadri 9+3reb, N.Miyem 8+6reb+4ast, K.Ress 7+5reb+2ast, N.Martinez 4+1reb+1ast UMMC: D.Taurasi 26+2reb+1ast, B.Griner 19+5reb, E.Belyakova 10+2reb, E.Meesseman 8+4reb+1ast, S.Lyttle 8+10reb+3ast, A.Torrens 7+5reb+6ast
Dynamo Kursk upset Bourges on the road to pave their way into the semifinal stage. Bourges were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 59-46 second half run of Dynamo Kursk. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bourges turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Dynamo Kursk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Nneka Ogwumike (189-90, college: Stanford) contributed with 27 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Point guard Marine Johannes (174-95) replied with 28 points and 4 assists and Canadian center Kayla Alexander (193-91, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bourges. Top scorers: Bourges: M.Johannes 28+1reb+4ast, K.Alexander 17+8reb, P.Salagnac 13+1reb+2ast, A.Chartereau 12, M.Bojovic 8+2reb+14ast, J.Leedham 5+3reb+4ast Dynamo K.: A.McCoughtry 33+5reb+2ast, N.Ogwumike 27+6reb+3ast, E.Prince 19+3reb+8ast, E.Kirillova 8+1reb+2ast, A.Cruz 6+2reb+6ast, H.Ciak 4+2reb
USK Praha held off Nadezhda to even the series at 1-1. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. USK Praha forced 22 Nadezhda Orenburg turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. American power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Tiffany Mitchell (175-94, college: S.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 points. Top scorers: Nadezhda O.: A.Bazoukou 21+9reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 12+3reb+1ast, E.Williams 6+7reb+3ast, N.Zhedik 6+1reb, C.Ouvina 4+4reb+5ast, A.Shilova 3 USK Praha: S.Petrovic 18+8reb+2ast, C.Dupree 16+14reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 11+3reb+6ast, L.Palau 11+3reb+7ast, T.Vyoralova 4+1reb, K.Vaughn 4+12reb+2ast
Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk (Russia) was selected as the MVP of February by eurobasket.com. American center who also holds Nigerian passport, led her team to 7 victories last month while averaging 12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. Her best game was on Feb.26 against the rivals from UMMCA when Ogwumike registered double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Second best performer of February was Brittney Griner (203-... [read more]
Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk (Russia) was selected as the MVP of February by eurobasket.com. American center who also holds Nigerian passport, led her team to 7 victories last month while averaging 12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. Her best game was on Feb.26 against the rivals from UMMCA when Ogwumike registered double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Second best performer of February was Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) of UMMC (Russia). American center averaged 18.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 2.4 bpg, 2FGP: 63.8%, FT: 76.2% in 5 games (perfect 4-0 in Euroleague)
Third best performer of the month was Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) of Dynamo Kursk (Russia). In 7 games (all victories) she averaged 14.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 66.7%
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR February 2017
Nneka Ogwumike of Dynamo K. (RUS): 51.1, 7 games: 12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%
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