Perfumerias - Good Angels 64-74 Good Angels advanced to Final Eight of EuroLeague. The Slovakian team won over Perfumerias and won the series 2-0. The game was mostly controlled by Good Angels. Perfumerias Avenida was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Good Angels made 17-of-20 charity shots during the game. The best player for the winners was Plenette Pierson who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) chipped in 23 points. Marta Fernandez produced 19 points in the losing effort, while Sulciute and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) followed them 10 points.
USK Praha - Galatasaray 63-78 Galatasaray might have struggled at home court but they proved their strength on the road defeating USK Praha in the Czech capital tonight. The victory means Galatasaray will play in EuroLeague Final Eight. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 20 points to pace the winners. USK Praha entered the home team hopeful after a very strong performance in Istanbul. Losing by just one point on the road USK Praha looked forward to force the decider in the series. They grabbed a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. But Galatasaray switched on the defensive aggressiveness in the second frame. They shut down USK Praha limiting those to just 8 points in the period. Galatasaray pulled in front for a 30:27 halftime lead. Galatasaray stayed in front throughout the third term. The Turkish team gained a 49:44 lead at the final break. The visitors upend the tempo in the fourth frame scoring 29 points and easily got away with the crucial victory at the end. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Galatasaray. Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 points for the winners. Kia Vaughn answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for USK Praha. Eva Viteckova chipped in 13 points in the loss.
UNI Gyor - Fenerbahce 68-77 Fenerbahce clinched EuroLeague Final Eight birth. They handed Uni Gyor the second straight defeat to sweep the series. Angel McCoughtry knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Uni Gyor dominated in the first half. The hosts grabbed a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hungarian powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Gyor arrived at the big break up by 8 points 44:36. But Fenerbahce turned things around in the third term. The Turkish team stiffened their defence and limited the hosts to 12 points in the third term. The visitors got within a single point at the final break 55:56. Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91) and Cindy Lima made it 61:55 for Gyor at the start of the fourth period. But Fenerbahce ignited an 8:0 run midway through the term to gain a 65:63 lead. Lakloth tied it at 68 with under four minutes remaining. However Vardarli drained a three-pointer to start a 9:0 run from the visitors that sealed the victory for Fenerbahce. Ivana Matovic delivered 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 14 points for Fenerbahce. Krisztina Raksanyi answered with 18 points for Uni Gyor. Cindy Lima posted 14 points in the loss.
CCC Polkowice - Nadezhda O. 76-70 CCC made sure they do not need to return to Orenburg sealing their EuroLeague Final Eight appearance at home court. The Polish team held off Nadezhda in a tight contest to sweep the series and reached the next stage. Belinda Snell fired 28 points to pace the hosts. Nadezhda stormed into this one. The visitors erupted for 26 points in the opening quarter to secure a 7-point lead at the first break. CCC cut the deficit in the second period. The Polish side held Nadezhda to 12 points to narrow the gap at 4-point mark at halftime 34:38. Nadezhda hung on to a slim lead throughout the third period. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 5 point 54:49. However CCC opened the fourth frame with six points in a row to pull ahead. Sapova stopped the bleeding with a layup however Majevska and Belinda Snell made it 60:56 for the hosts. CCC soon opened a 7-point advantage at 69:62. Sapova and DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark. But Belinda Snell knocked down four free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for the hosts. Laia Palau and Nnemkadi Ogwumike accounted for 11 points each for CCC. Elena Danilochkina (186-SG-86) answered with 18 points for Nadezhda. DeWanna Bonner posted 13 points and 15 boards in the loss.
Targoviste - Spartak V MR 63-68 Spartak Moscow Region advanced into the EuroLeague Final Eight. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 18 points to lead the Russian team to the second straight win against Targoviste. Spartak started the game strong. The visitors ran away to a 10-point distance ten minutes into the game 20:10. Targoviste stopped the rot in the second frame. The Romanian team adjusted defensively and narrowed the gap at 7-point mark 25:32. Targoviste maintained the pressure throughout the third term. Ajavon put the home team within three 39:42 midway through the period. However Aguilar capped the quarter with four free throws to give the visitors a 53:47. Spartak quickly cleared off to a 15-point distance at the start of the fourth frame. Targoviste pulled within 4 with 24 seconds remaining but Becky Hammon hit a free throw and sealed the victory for the visitors. Candice Dupree provided 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Isabelle Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 15 points in the win. Targoviste answered with 18 points from Ivanka Matic. Jillian Robbins had 15 points and 12 boards for the home team.
Wisla Can-Pak - Bourges 38-50 Bourges tied the series against Wisla after a road trip to Poland. The French side won the defensive battle 50:38 and brought the decisive game back to the home court. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Wisla Can-Pak was better in second period 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Wisla Can-Pak to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Wisla Can-Pak 47-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. Marissa Coleman had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and Anke De Mondt scored 2 points and 5 rebounds.
Rivas Ecopolis - Familia Schio 75-47 Rivas Ecopolis destroy Familia Schio in Spain as the series is tied at 1-1 now. The Spanish team won 75:47, while the decisive game will be played in Italy. The game was mostly controlled by Rivas Ecopolis. Familia Schio managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rivas Ecopolis forced 24 Familia Schio turnovers. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Cruz contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Rivas Ecopolis players scored in double figures. American center Jantel Lavender (190-C-88, college: Ohio St.) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) added 11 points in the effort for Familia Schio.
Brittney Griner claims Euroleague weekly honour - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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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