Eurocup Women sees Targoviste take first-leg victory
Municipal Targoviste got at home the EuroCup Women victory they wanted against Dynamo Kursk (75-57) in the opening game of their two-leg quarter-final series.
Tina Thompson led the way for the hosts with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. However it was a complete team performance with three other players in double digits and all the players scoring at least 2 points.
Mondeville travelled to Saarlouis which is actually on the border with France and came away with a defeat (63-66).
Once again Petra Manakova was the leading scorer for the Royals, who had to wait until the last five minutes to take hold of the game.
Sony Athinaikos blew away Dynamo Moscow in the first half. They led by more than 40 points at one stage before settling for a 24-point win (84-60).
Nadezhda Orenburg pulled off the only road win of the first leg (71-64) against K. V. Imperial AEL from Cyprus. The match winner was former Russian youth international Tatiana Burik with 20 points and 3 assists.
Sony Athinaikos did not allow their guests, Dynamo Moscow, a chance to settle with Ruth Riley and Candice Wiggins combining for the first 7 points of the game (7-0).
Marina Kuzina scored from beyond the arc for Dynamo. These were the only points for the guests during the first nine minutes.
Athinaikos scored 19 unanswered points (26-3) to go more than 20 points clear. Dynamo ended the nightmare by scoring some points from the charity stripes.
Wiggins ended the first quarter with her 14th point of the game from the free-throw line (29-7).
Treys by Ekaterina Sytnyak and Kuzina gave the guests some hope at the start of the second quarter. However 6 straight points by Gintare Petronyte made sure that Athinaikos maintained their advantage (39-13).
The hosts introduced their bench players without losing the momentum to go into the locker room leading (51-20).
It was one-way traffic for the first four minutes after the interval with 11 unanswered points to complete a 15-0 run (62-20).
Athinaikos went into the final quarter ahead (72-34) and then started to struggle in maintaining the pressure.
The Russians took full advantage and reduced their deficit to 22 points with almost four minutes to play (54-78).
Athinaikos woke up and finished the game trading baskets to win (84-60). They will go into the EuroCup Women second leg with a 24-point lead.
The hosts had double-doubles in points and rebounds from Gintare Petronyte (21 and 16) and Riley (16 and 11). Wiggens and Vakina Volonaki also finished in double digits with 16 and 10 points apiece.
Kuzina, Sytnyak and Anna Mikheeva led the attack for Dynamo Moscow with 19, 12 and 10 points each.