Nantes - MBK Ruzomb. 57-79 MBK Ruzomberok became the first team to reach EuroCup semifinals. They fired past Nantes Reze in France tonight to overcome a six-point deficit after the first leg of the quarterfinal series. Nadia Parker (191-C-87, college: USC) came up with impressive 28 points to lead MBK Ruzomberok to a decisive victory. Nantes Reze seemed in control of their fate in the opening stage of the game. The hosts gained a 20:15 lead after the starting quarter and an 11-point advantage on aggregate. But the things started to turn MBK Ruzomberok way in the second quarter. The visitors went on a 26:14 run to secure a 41:34 halftime lead. The Slovakian team stretched the lead in the third term. The visitors held Nantes to 8 points in the period to secure a massive 19-point lead heading into the fourth frame. MBK Ruzomberok limited the hosts to 15 points in the final quarter and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) delivered 13 points for the winners. Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Nantes Reze. Yuliya Andreyeva chipped in 11 points in the losing case.
Dynamo K. - Kayseri 77-64 OT Kayseri and Dynamo Kursk came up with a thrilling clash in Russia tonight to decide on the second semifinalists of EuroCup. Kayseri needed to protect their 15-point victory in Turkey to advance. Dynamo gained a 15-point advantage at the end of regulation to level things up on aggregate. The teams headed into overtime where Kayseri celebrated a two-point victory and advanced into the next round. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Kayseri looked well in control of their fate in the opening quarter. Having entered the game with a 15-point buffer from the first leg the Turkish team quickly stretched it to as many as 24 following a 23:14 rally. But Dynamo refused to surrender. The Kursk outfit went on a 21:8 run in the second quarter to surge ahead. Dynamo ignited a 22:7 rally in the third quarter to enjoy a 6-point lead on aggregate before the fourth term. Kayseri needed some late heroics from Zoi Dimitrakou to stay in the fight. She notched five points in a row to cap the regulation sending the game into overtime. LaToya Sanders and Zoi Dimitrakou teamed up for six points in the extra period to seal the victory for Kayseri. Evanthia Maltsi and LaToya Sanders had 12 points each for the winners. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) answered with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Dynamo Kursk. Ekaterina Lisina netted 16 points in defeat.
Lattes Montp. - Dynamo M. 84-86 Dynamo Moscow claimed their EuroCup semifinal ticket in style beating Lattes Montpellier on the road. It was the second straight win for Dynamo in the quarterfinal series as they reached the next stage of the tournament. Dynamo entered the return leg of the series enjoying a 22-point advantage after the home success. They made it quite clear who were the favourites silencing the crowd in Lattes with a 29:13 run in the first term. Montpellier showed character as they answered with a 26:16 run in the second quarter. Montpellier cut the deficit at 5-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Montpellier fired 24 points in the fourth frame cutting the deficit but Dynamo hung on to celebrate a narrow win at the end. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) netted 26 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Dynamo. Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) contributed 15 points for the winners. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 19 points for Lattes Montpellier. Geraldine Robert had 16 points in the loss.
Union Hainaut - Chevakata 45-66 Chevakata posted the second consecutive win over Union Hainaut and sealed their EuroCup semifinal appearance. Glory Johnson (190-F-90, college: Tennessee) scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Vologda team to a convincing victory in France tonight. Chevakata held to a comfortable 28-point lead after the home game. They did not waste too much time consolidating it even further. The Russian team limited Union Hainaut to 7 points in the opening frame to take a 4-point lead. The visitors went on a deadly 24:9 run in the second quarter to clear off. Union Hainaut struggled to get any closer in the next two periods. Chevakata dominated in every facet of the game and raced to a confident win at the end. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) finished with 19 points, while Elena Volkova added 9 points for the winners. Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 14 points for Union Hainaut. Ify Ibekwe chipped in 9 points in the loss.
Yakin Dogu BGD - Abdullah Gul 63-58 Yakin Dogu BGD celebrated historic first ever EuroCup title. They went on a strong fourth quarter rally to sweep the championship series versus Abdullah Gul. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter. But Yakin Dogu stiffened defensively in the reminder of the contest. They limited Abdullah Gul to just 25 points in the second half and clawed their way back into the contest snatching a historic victory. The best player for the winners was Ameri... [read more]
Yakin Dogu BGD celebrated historic first ever EuroCup title. They went on a strong fourth quarter rally to sweep the championship series versus Abdullah Gul. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter. But Yakin Dogu stiffened defensively in the reminder of the contest. They limited Abdullah Gul to just 25 points in the second half and clawed their way back into the contest snatching a historic victory. The best player for the winners was American-Turkish center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-88, college: VCU) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Chelsea Gray (180-92, college: Duke) produced 16 points and 6 assists and American-Turkish LaToya Sanders (191-86, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Four Abdullah Gul players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Yakin Dogu BGD: Q.Hollingsworth 16+10reb, Y.Leuchanka 13+9reb, E.Carson 9+4reb, K.McBride 8+5reb+1ast, C.Vandersloot 6+4reb+8ast, A.Robinson 6+1reb Abdullah Gul: C.Gray 16+4reb+6ast, L.Sanders 12+8reb+1ast, T.Wright 12+4reb+2ast, J.Dubljevic 10+6reb+3ast, A.Wauters 8+8reb+2ast, M.Mazic 0
Round 1 of Finals. Yakin Dogu upset Abdullah Gul on the road - 23 days ago
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Abdullah Gul - Yakin Dogu BGD 69-73 Yakin Dogu BGD upset Abdullah Gul on the road in the championship series opener. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Abdullah Gul won second period 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Hungarian point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-89, college: Gonzaga) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Kayla McBride (180-92, colleg... [read more]
Yakin Dogu BGD upset Abdullah Gul on the road in the championship series opener. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Abdullah Gul won second period 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Hungarian point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-89, college: Gonzaga) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Kayla McBride (180-92, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Chelsea Gray (180-92, college: Duke) produced 21 points and 5 assists and Croatian forward Mirna Mazic (188-85, college: Richmond, agency: ProDep Management) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Abdullah Gul: C.Gray 21+1reb+5ast, M.Mazic 17+5reb, A.Wauters 10+2reb+3ast, J.Dubljevic 7+4reb, A.Gunay 5+3reb+2ast, S.Ivegin 5+2reb+3ast Yakin Dogu BGD: C.Vandersloot 25+5reb+5ast, K.McBride 19+5reb+1ast, A.Robinson 8+9reb+2ast, Q.Hollingsworth 7+5reb+1ast, E.Carson 5+3reb+1ast, E.Eldebrink 4+2reb+1ast
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