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.
Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Fenerbahce and USK Praha enter Final Four - 9 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 - 14 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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