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.
Kamila Stepanova signs at Villeneuve - Jun 6, 2016
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Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) landed 28-year old Czech center Kamila Stepanova (191-88). She played most recently at Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB). In 26 games she averaged 6.8ppg and 4.5rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Stepanova played at Basket Landes. In 29 LFB games she had 7.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 2014-15 season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Stepanova also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg in 2014-15 season. Among othe... [read more]
Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) landed 28-year old Czech center Kamila Stepanova (191-88). She played most recently at Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB). In 26 games she averaged 6.8ppg and 4.5rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season Stepanova played at Basket Landes. In 29 LFB games she had 7.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 2014-15 season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Stepanova also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements her team was regular season runner-up in French LFB in 2014. Stepanova received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team award back in 2012. She represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg. Stepanova has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Kara Trutnov, Tabor and VS Praha).
Olivia Epoupa agreed terms with Villeneuve - Jun 6, 2016
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Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) inked 22-year old international point guard Olivia Epoupa (165-94, agency: Comsport). She has played for the last two years at Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB). In 20 games she recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.3apg (top 2) and 2.5spg (in top 2) last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 2nd Team. Epoupa's team was regular season runner-up in French LFB in 2014. She has been also a member of French int... [read more]
Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) inked 22-year old international point guard Olivia Epoupa (165-94, agency: Comsport). She has played for the last two years at Toulouse Metropole Basket (LFB). In 20 games she recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.3apg (top 2) and 2.5spg (in top 2) last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 2nd Team. Epoupa's team was regular season runner-up in French LFB in 2014. She has been also a member of French international program for some years. Epoupa has regularly played for French senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team. She represented France at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania last year. Epoupa's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 10 games: 2.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg. Epoupa has played previously for two other France teams: Centre Federal BB and Basket Landes.
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]
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