Glorious EuroCup Women night
for Villeneuve d'Ascq

Lenae Williams

The dream of the Villeneuve d'Ascq team playing in the 2014 EuroCup Women remains intact after they beat Dynamo Moscow (89-83) in the first leg of the two-game series.

Dynamo Kursk, the second Russian club in the semi-final rolled over Universitesi Istanbul (86-70).

Veuillez trouver des informations en français en bas de la page sur la première manche de la demi-finale de l'Eurocoupe féminine 2014 pour les clubs français.

Lenae Williams on fire during the last three minutes of the encounter was involved in all the offensive actions, knocking down 13 points from the last 15 scored while also dishing out 1 assist.

She finished the game as top scorer with 29 points and 6 assists. Emma Meesseman was also on top of her game with 15 points (7-of-10) from the floor.

Villeneuve d'Ascq's strength came from them sharing the ball. All the players that got on the court scored and six players were credited with at least 2 assists.

Frédéric Dusart

Dynamo Moscow, the EuroCup Women defending champions, had an up and down game. Tina Charles and Ana Dabovic with 21 and 20 points respectively were outstanding while Lindsay Whalen (5 assists) and Irina Sokolovskaya with 14 and 13 points provided veteran leadership.

The tactics of Frédéric Dusart (in picture), the head coach from Villeneuve d'Ascq, utilising his bench worked well. Lorraine Lokoka (5 points) and Laetitia Kamba (8 points) made big contributions at both ends of the court during the decisive third quarter.

The 12 points by Jo Gomis-Halilović all came from behind the arc while Elin Eldebrink added 11 points and dished out 4 assists.

In the other semi-final Dynamo Kursk were on fire during the first 20 minutes knocking down 68% of their shots to lead their hosts, Universitesi Istanbul, 47-37 at the break.

Dynamo Kursk stepped up in the third quarter to more or less end the contest with a 22-8 run. Dynamo Kursk have not lost a game in the EuroCup Women competition this season and will start the second leg at home with a 16-point lead.

Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree who both played for Sparta&K MR Vidnoje during the last couple of seasons were the leading scorers with 19 and 16 points each. Shenise Johnson had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Universitesi Istanbul.


EuroCoupe féminine
Une petite avance pour le match de retour
pour Villeneuve d'Ascq

Devant ses supporteurs encourageants, Villeneuve d'Ascq réussit à s'imposer de justesse face à l'équipe visitante de la Russie. Pourtant Dynamo Moscou est plus adroit au shoot que les Nordistes, c'est grâce à Lenae Williams dans le money-time qui mène son équipe à la victoire.

Lenae Williams (29 points, 6 passes décisives) et Emma Meesseman (15 points, 6 rebonds - dans l'image) marquent le plus de points.


Mais elles peuvent compter sur les efforts de leurs co-équipières comme Laetitia Kamba (8 points) et Lorraine Lokoka (5 points) qui surprennent les adversaires pendant le troisième quart pour creuser l'écart.

En outre, Jo Gomis-Halilović (12 points) marquent tous ses points de loin pendant que Elin Eldebrink (11 points, 4 passes décisives) impressionne avec son jeu plein d'élan.

Les Russes, emmenées par Tina Charles et Ana Dabovic avec 21 et 20 points chacune, épaulées par Lindsay Whalen (14 points, 5 passes décisives) et Irina Sokolovskaya (13 points) ne chôment pas non plus.

Mais finalement Williams qui a la main chaude, fait la différence en marquant les dernières 13 de 15 points pour que son équipe emporte la victoire (89-83).

Le match retour en Moscou, le jeudi prochain, promet d'être intéressant car les Nordistes conservent leurs espoirs de qualification pour la finale après avoir battu les Russes.

Dans l'autre demi-finale, c'est Dynamo Kursk qui bat facilement Universitesi Istanbul avec de belles prestations de Seimone Augustus et Candice Dupree avec 19 et 16 points chacune. Shenise Johnson contribue 21 points et 13 pour son équipe turque mais en vain.


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Date created: 28 February 2014

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Semi-final first leg

Universitesi Istanbul 70-86 Dynamo Kursk

Villeneuve d'Ascq 89-83 Dynamo Moscow