EuroLeague Women qualification round ended without drama

EuroLeague Women Trophy ©  USVOThe EuroLeague Women qualification round marathon of 120 games has finally come to an end.

Group C was the only group that required the final round of games to determine the 16th team to qualify.

Union Hainaut Basket needed to win against UMMC Ekaterinburg and also for ZVVZ USK Prague to lose in their game to qualify.

UMMC Ekaterinburg who were hoping to finish as the top ranked team showed no mercy to Union Hainaut and won (85-56).

However they did not score enough points and although they have the same record as Spartak Moscow Region will be ranked in second place.

This ranking will only become important if all three Russian clubs qualify for the quarter-finals because only two teams from one country is allowed to participate in the Final Four.

If this situation occurs then UMMC Ekaterinburg will face CSKA Moscow.

Bourges Basket was the only French club side to win as they beat MiZo Pécs 2010 (75-48). This victory secures their first place in Group A.

Villeneuve d'Ascq, already eliminated from the competition, travelled to Latvia to play TTT Riga and lost (70-77).

Montpellier also had to travel for their last match. They faced Spartak Moscow Region and were easily beaten (48-103).

You can read the group summaries and EuroLeague Women play-off brackets by following the links or scrolling down the page:

Bourges basket win group A
MKB Euroleasing finish second in group B
Union Hainaut eliminated from group C
Spartak Moscow Region best record in first phase
Play-off brackets confirmed

All the scores from round ten

EuroLeague Women qualifying Group A

Bourges Basket 2008-2009 © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallBourges Basket secured the Group title with a disciplined performance against to win (75-48).

Bourges' suffocating defense restricted their guests to only 19 points during the second half of the game.

Céline Dumerc was the player of the match with 8 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. MiZo Péc finish fourth in the group.

Halcon Avenida beat Wisla Can-Pack (72-59) and finished second in the group. The reward for their qualifying round is a best of three match series against CSKA Moscow.

Halcon Avenida took the lead for good with just over four minutes played in the first period as Belgium international Anke De Mondt fired in a three-pointer (14-11).

Le'Coe Willingham from Halcon was the player of the match with 24 points and 17 rebounds.

In the final game in Group A Nadezhda lost to Besiktas Cola Turka (72-76) and as a result finish in sixth place.

Both teams were already eliminated from the competition, having had a roller coaster ride in their first participation in the EuroLeague Women competition.

EuroLeague Women qualifying Group B

Jelena Milovanovic ©  FIBA Europe Jelena Milovanovic (left) scored what turned out to be the winning shot with less than 25 seconds to go to for MKB Euroleasing to beat Gambrinus Sika Brno on the road.

With this victory MKB Euroleasing finish in second place in the group.

CSKA Moscow ended their qualifying round with a hard fought victory against group leaders Umana Reyer.

CSKA went into the final period trailing (58-63) and fell further behind 30 seconds into the quarter.

However a 90-second blitz which resulted in 10 points put CSKA back into the lead (68-65).

Umana Reyer did not give in and regained the advantage again briefly (71-70) with just over four minutes to play.

CSKA ready to go with Becky Hammond and Edwige Lawson-Wade   ©  FIBA Europe

Katie Douglas and Ann Wauters made sure that CSKA stayed in front.

Then Becky Hammon (right) ended the suspense with a nicely floated three-pointer (80-72).

Wauters led the scoring with 19 points and also collected 14 rebounds.

Hammon fired 3-of-6 from beyond the arc in her 15 points while Douglas and Edwige Lawson-Wade (above) scored 13 points apiece.

Simona Ballardini for Umana Reyer finished with 16 while Mery Andrade finished on 15 points.

Villeneuve d'Ascq and TTT Riga both eliminated before the match even started played out an entertaining game with many twists and turns.

Laurie Datchy  © So when Laurie Datchy (left) fired in a three at the start of the final period, Riga were in trouble.

Villeneuve's 10-0 run was brought to an end by a time-out (60-55). Then TTT Riga scored 14 consecutive points to regain control of the game (69-60).

They held on to win (77-70) with Latvian international Tatyana Troina leading the way with 26 points which included 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

For Villeneuve Fatimatou Sacko also scored 26 points.

EuroLeague Women qualifying Group C

UMMC Ekaterinburg needed almost four minutes to warm up in their last qualification home game.

They had only scored 1 point while their guests from France had managed to score 2.

Thereafter UMMC scored 17 points in less than three minutes 18-2 to finish the first quarter leading (26-4).

The game was over as a contest after only 15 minutes with the Russian side in front (39-9). So UMMC went into the interval leading (55-12).

UHB 2008-2009 © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallUnion Hainaut pulled themselves together in the second half but were never in a position to worry their hosts.

They ended up losing (85-56).

Sandrine Gruda led the scoring with 15 points for UMMC while Chioma Nnamaka scored 11 points for UHB.

UHB finish fifth in the group with 3 wins and 7 defeats, while UMMC are the EuroLeague Women qualifying group C winners.

ZVVZ USK Prague ended the first phase on a high with a (69-64) victory over LOTOS PKO BP.

However they still finished in fourth place and face Spartak Moscow Region in the play-off.

Ros Casares from Spain did not get going until the second half but ended up beating Jolly JBS Sibenik (89-72).

DeLisha Milton-Jones led the scoring with 20 points for the winners.

Ros Casares finished second in the group while Jolly JBS Sibenik ended up in sixth position.

EuroLeague Women qualifying Group D

Spartak Moscow Region had it easy against Montpellier as they blew them away (103-48).

Diana Taurasi scored 23 of the 42 team points in just 12 minutes as Spartak Moscow Region dominated the first two quarters to lead (56-21) at the interval.

Spartak Moscow Region shot a total of 12-of-22 from beyond the arc and won the rebounding contest 42:24.

Spartak Moscow Region finish the qualifying round with 9 wins and 1 defeat while Montpellier finish at the bottom with just 1 win from 10 games.

Broker Kosice beat TEO Vilnius in an exciting match (75-66) to finish in third position.

TEO finishing in fourth place will meet Spark Moscow Region in the next round of matches.

Fenerbahce, assured of second place, were unable to lift themselves mentally for their last group match and ended up losing (64-80) to Beretta Famila.

The EuroLeague Women 2009 eighth final match-ups:

The play-offs series for EuroLeague Women is based on the best-of-three games. The team that wins two games qualifies for the next round.

The team with the higher ranking has home court advantage and will host the first game and if required game three.

The games will be played on 27th January, 30th January and 4th February 2009 (if required).

Bourges Basket vs. Gambrinus SIKA Brno
MKB Euroleasing Sopron vs. Wisla CAN-PACK Krakow

Umana Reyer Venezia vs. MiZo Pecs 2010
Halcon Avenida Salamanca vs. CSKA Moscow

UMMC Ekaterinburg vs. TEO Vilnius
Fenerbahce SK vs. Lotos PKO BP Gdynia

Spartak Moscow Region - Vidnoje vs. ZVVZ USK Prague
Ros Casares Valencia vs. Maxima Broker Kosice

All the EuroLeague Women 2008-2009 scores from the tenth round matches:

Nadezhda 72-76 Besiktas Cola Turka
Bourges Basket 75-48 MiZo Pécs 2010
Halcon Avenida 72-59 Wisla Can-Pack

CSKA Moscow 80-72 Umana Reyer
Gambrinus 73-76 MKB Euroleasing
TTT Riga 77-70 Villeneuve d'Ascq

UMMC Ekaterinburg 85-56 Union Hainaut Basket
Ros Casares 89-72 Jolly JBS Sibenik

Broker Kosice 75-66 TEO Vilnius
Fenerbahce 64-80 Beretta Famila
Spartak Moscow Region 103-48 Lattes-Montpellier

What happened during EuroLeague Women round 9

Look back at round 8

Return from EuroLeague Women round 10 to Women playing basketball blog

Return EuroLeague Women season 2008-09 Index page

EuroLeague Women picture credits:
FIBA Europe
Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Date created: 18 December 2008

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