EuroLeague Women success for three clubs from the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall
EuroLeague Women ups and down for Fatimatou Sacko
Villeneuve 82- 79 Phard Napoli (16-23, 18-14, 18-19, 21-17, 9-6)
Kedra Holland-Com and Adia Barnes from Napoli made things difficult for the hosts right from the tip-off with a couple of three-pointers to lead (13-5).
Kathy Wambe scored the next 5 points for Villeneuve as she attempted to bring them back into contention. The task was proving to be difficult with Napoli shooting well from the field at 50% to lead (23-16) at the end of the first period.
Villeneuve improved in their defensive duties to keep their opponents scoreless for almost five minutes while managing a 6-0 run to level the game (23-23).
Barnes ended the hosts’ mini run from the free-throw line and moments later was at hand to score again. Villeneuve came back immediately with Shala Crawford (in picture) and Bénédicte Fombonne (27-27).
Both sides exchanged basket for basket until the end of the period. Dorothea Richter hit a trey to take Napoli into the lead at the interval (37-34).
Villeneuve briefly had the advantage after opening the third quarter 4-0 but spent most of the period chasing the game allowing the guests to go into the fourth stanza (56-54).
Napoli increased their lead (64-59) as Astou Ndiaye continued her festival in the paint.
Villeneuve went on an 11-0 run to regain the advantage (70-64). Then they suffered their final blues to allow their guests to come back and regain the lead (73-70). Fatimatou Sacko’s trey at the buzzer saved Villeneuve from losing the game (73-73).
Overtime was a scrappy affair with each team having a turn leading. The game was tied for the third and last time during this quarter (79-79).
Wambe, who had a bad day at the free-throw line, split a pair to put her side in front. Sacko picked up the offensive rebound of the missed shot to allow her team to run the clock down a bit.
EuroLeague Women delight for Sabrina Reghaïssia and USVO
USVO 73-65 Kosit (16-21, 15-16, 20-21, 22-7)
USVO opened the scoring through Francesca Zara. But then were thumped 8-0 by Kosit. USVO fought back and eventually levelled the score (16-16) after several trips to the free-throw line by Zara and Emilie Gomis.
Janel McCarville then went on a crusade and scored the last 5 points of the period for Kosit to regain the lead (21-16).
USVO made things difficult for themselves in the second period as most of their points came from the free-throw line. Only Laurie Koehn (left)was causing the guests problems from the field.
The guests did not hit from beyond the perimeter and kept the scoreboard ticking as they controlled the paint to go into the interval leading (37-31).
A different USVO in the third period started to hit points from the field and edged in front briefly with a trey by Koehn (45-44). Almost immediately McCarville took back the lead for the guests.
It was now the turn of Sabrina Reghaïssia to hit a three-pointer for USVO. Again Kosit were back in front with back-to-back scores. The teams remained close until the end of the period before Anastasia Kostaki came up with the last 5 points for Kosit to go into the final period (58-51).
The guests increased their advantage and had a 10 point lead after 34 minutes (63-53).
USVO stepped up the pace with Gomis and two three-pointers by Reghaïssia to draw level (63-63). Zara scored the next 4 points to put the home side in front with Ohlde completing a 15-0 run (68-63).
The last 90 seconds USVO controlled the match and went on to win (73-65).
Ohlde finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners while McCarville put in 20 points and took nine rebounds in a losing cause.
Delight for Bourges Basket, disappointment for Mondeville
In the other EuroLeague Women games with clubs from the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall Bourges overcame a 16-point deficit early in the second period to win on the road against UMMC Ekaterinburg (64-62).
Bourges trailed for the whole game and only went in front with 17 seconds remaining.
Céline Dumerc was unstoppable and scored 19 points while Sonja Kireta completed another EuroLeague Women double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka led the scoring for Ekaterinburg with 15 points while Sandrine Gruda scored 14 points.
All Mondeville’s hard work in Moscow was undone by two moments of sublime magic by Anete Jekabsone-Zogota in the final stanza as Dynamo Moscow won (75-71).
All the scores from round 9 of FIBA Europe EuroLeague Women: