EuroCup Women disappointment for teams with the name Dynamo

EuroCup Women 2009 semi-final action between Cras Basket and Dynamo Moscow  © Fiba Europe

2007 EuroCup Women winners Dynamo Moscow failed in their effort to qualify for the 2009 final.

They ended up losing at home in the second leg against Cras Basket and the series (141-161).

Cras Basket will host Galatasaray in the first leg of the final on Thursday, 2nd April 2009.

Galatasary, eliminated in the semi-final last season, gave their home supporters a scare in the first half before cruising to victory (62-39) against Dynamo Kursk.

Galatasaray won the series (109-100) and now have the satisfaction of playing the second leg of the final in their home arena on Thursday, 9th April 2009.

You can read about the game of interest by selecting the links below or scrolling down the page:

Cras Basket saw off Dynamo Moscow

Galatasary in final

Cras Basket saw off Dynamo Moscow

Suzy Batkovic (right) and Megan Mahoney were the big scorers for Cras Basket with 24 and 19 points apiece as their side came away with a road victory (85-75) against Dynamo Moscow.Suzy Batkovic ©  Cras basket

Dynamo Moscow trailed by 5 points after the first match and had made up the deficit within the last minute of the first period (24-19) to level the score on aggregate.

Then Batkovic scored just before the period-ending buzzer for the guests to regain the aggregate lead.

Taranto scored the first 12 points of the second period to complete a 14-0 run to take control of the game for good (33-24) with almost16 minutes played.

Despite losing the rebound battle Cras Basket went into the interval leading (44-36).

Dynamo Moscow were more aggressive after the break. At one time they trailed by only 5 points but still went into the final period with an 8-point handicap (56-64).

Cras Basket controlled the pace of the game and led (75-62) to end the EuroCup Women semi-final series as a contest with Dynamo needing 19 points to win.

Ilisaine David was the other player from Cras Basket in double digits with 10 points. The French players from Cras Basket Audrey Sauret-Gillespie and Elodie Godin scored 5 and 8 points each.

For Dynamo Moscow Anete Jekabsone-Zogota led the way with 18 points. Janell Burse scored 17 points and Marina Kuzina finished with 14 points. Belinda Snell contributed 11 points and also had 9 rebounds.

For Natalia Hejkova, the head coach from Dynamo Moscow, it was disappointment all round. She said after the game that Cras Basket deserved to play in the final.

Her players looked bad. She asked them to concentrate on defense, grab rebounds but they didn't play the way she asked. They lost the first game in Italy mainly because of their own mistakes.

All of them were very disappointed. But if the team make 20 mistakes per game they would never play in the finals.

On the other hand Robert Riccini, the head coach from Cras Basket, was happy and explained: “We are very happy tonight.

Dynamo Moscow is a very strong team. We won our home game and it seems that Dynamo lost confidence. Tonight we controlled the game from the very beginning to the end."

Galatasary in final

Seimone Augustus ©  USA Basketball Seimone Augustus was the match winner with 38 points for Galatasaray as her side beat Dynamo Kursk (62-39).

She scored 16 of her team's first 22 points as they trailed (22-28) at the interval.

Augustus was still the main offensive thread for Galatasaray. However other players started to help out offensively.

The home side went on a 15-3 run to close the third quarter as they went into the final period leading (43-34).

Augustus continued her one-lady demolition act. With just over six minutes to play she scored the 2-points that gave Galatasaray the aggregate lead to further increase their advantage to 15 points (51-36).

She continued her festival with 4 more points as the home side went further ahead (55-36).

Dynamo Kursk's last point came from beyond the arc from Anastasia Fomina with just under three minutes to play.

Augustus was to score 4 of her team's last 6 points to win the match comfortably and the EuroCup Women semi-final (109-100).

Sophia Young with 9 points was the next player on the scoring list for Galatasaray.

For Dynamo Kursk Sandra Valuzyte, Anastasiya Bocharova and Irena Vizbariene each scored 8 points.

EuroCup Basketball semi-final first leg results

EuroCup Basketball quarter-final second leg results

EuroCup Basketball quarter-final first leg results

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Picture credits:

FIBA Europe
Cras basket
USA Basketball

Date created: 19 March 2009

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