The EuroLeague women competition is already over for Bourges Basket, Fenerbahçe and MiZo Pécs 2010 as they all suffered elimination in game two of the best of three series.
Ros Casares and Dynamo Moscow fate will only be decided after game three.
You can read more EuroLeague Basketball news and view the statistics by selecting the headline you are interested in or by choosing the links below or by scrolling down the page:Halcon Avenida, Perfumerías, have qualified for the final four after a hard fought second leg against Hungarian club side MiZo Pécs 2010.
Typical Halcon Avenida clutch three-point shooting towards the end of the final quarter saw them through.
Anke De Mondt started the final assault with a three-pointer (69-64) with five minutes remaining in the game.
Gunta Basko fired in also beyond the arc a minute later (74-68) to keep the pressure on the hosts.
MiZo Pécs came to within a single point of their guests after Szilvia Torok fired a three-pointer with just less than two minutes to play (73-74).
Halcon kept their cool from the free-throw line hitting 7-from-8 to hold off their hosts to win the match (81-76) and the series.
Le'Coe Willingham led the scoring for the victors with 20 points. Michelle Snow scored 17 points and had 14 rebounds while De Mondt scored 18 points.
For Pecs Nicole Ohlde was the leading scorer with 15 points.
EuroLeague Women Box Score
Bourges Basket bid farewell to EuroLeague Women 2009
Bourges Basket decided from the tip-off not to allow Jelena Milovanovic any room to manoeuvre. But they still trailed (0-5) after two minutes of play.
Katalin Honti (No. 11) with a trey and Dóra Horti were the scorers for MKB Euroleasing.
The home fans had to wait almost six minutes for Milovanovic to open her account as the hosts increased their advantage (10-4).
Cathy Melain's burst and good passing enabled Emméline Ndongue to score back to back baskets before Katarina Manic completed the (6-0) run to level the score (10-10).
Kathleen MacLeod's three-pointer with just over eight minutes played was the last point of the first period as MKB Euroleasing gained the upper hand.
A change of tactics at the start of the second period resulted in very little scoring as both sides neutralised themselves with MKB holding on to their 3-point advantage (17-14).
A three-pointer by Edit Ratkainé from the hosts was the signal for a change in approach. Shortly after Milovanovic returned to action and immediately made her presence felt with a basket (24-16).
Bourges Basket also made some adjustments and scored 5 points, a three-pointer by Manic and a lay-up from Ndongue. However the French side made the mistake of taking their eyes off Milovanovic who scored back to back baskets for the hosts (29-21).
Bourges Basket reverted back to watching Milovanonic and forced her into a couple of turnovers in between scoring 4 points.
Once again MKB finished the scoring for the period from the land of many as Honti this time connected for the hosts to lead (32-25) at the break.
Honti scored 6 points in less than 60 seconds at the start of the third period. Her 8th point of the quarter was sandwiched between two efforts by Ndongue.
Bourges' problems continued. When they managed to stop Honti from scoring. She passed to Milovanonic who shot from beyond the arc (42-29) as MKB's lead grew with 23 minutes played.
The hosts needed to stop Ndongue who was the only player from Bourges scoring. So they set up a screen that resulted in Ndongue getting called for charging (offensive foul).
MKB used the period after they stopped Ndongue scoring to increase their advantage (52-35) with 27 minutes played.
Ndongue managed to find her way to the basket again. With Nwal Endéné Miyem and Ana Lelas battling away Bourges outscored the hosts (11-2).
This resulted in MKB's head coach Norbert Székely calling for a time-out with less than a minute to the end of the period.
Ndongue was to split a pair of free-throws for her 12th point of the quarter. Yet once again MKB finished the period with a three-pointer.
This time it was Milovanovic who fired one in on the buzzer to take her side into the final quarter with a 10-point lead (57-47).
Milovanovic (No. 9) and Ndongue (No. 14) continued their shooting contest as they scored all the points for their teams in the first two minutes of the final period, with the hosts extending their advantage (62-51).
MKB finally put themselves in the driving seat with back to back scores from Amber Holt and Kathleen MacLeod (66-51).
Bourges still had more than six minutes to save the game.
Ndongue was the only player to hit the target consistently. She even started to try from beyond the arc as her side slowly reduced the deficit.
MKB's only points came from the free-throw line. With 24 seconds left to play the victory was not assured (70-61).
With Céline Dumerc and Manic on the bench with 5 fouls, Miyem was brought into action for her three-point shooting skills.
However Bourges Basket only managed one attempt from beyond the arc that did not connect. Ndongue scored her 33rd point of the game to finish the scoring.
MKB EuroLeasing in front of a big crowd at the Euroleasing Areana in Sopron have qualified for the FIBA Europe EuroLeague Women 2009 finals after completing the two-game sweep (70-63).
Milovanovic scored 21 points and had 8 rebounds while Honti scored 19 points and had 4 assists.
For Bourges Ndongue scored 33 points. Lelas finished on 10 points.
For Melain in what was her last game in the EuroLeague women she scored 5 points and had 5 assists.
EuroLeague Women Box Score
UMMC Ekaterinburg spent most of their match trailing behind Fenerbahçe. If not for three minutes of magic from former Fenerbahçe player Cappie Pondexter they may have lost the game.
With six minutes remaining Fenerbahçe were leading (64-58). Pondexter started the UMMC revival with a three-pointer. She was then all over the court causing mayhem in addition to adding 4 more points to her tally.
By the time her spell was over UMMC had the lead (69-66) with three minutes to play.
Afterwards the match was a scrappy affair with the only 2 points coming from the field when Tammy Sutton-Brown scored a lay-up for Fenerbahçe.
UMMC were stronger defensively and Maria Stepanova blocked Fenerbahçe.on several occasions.
Penny Taylor ended the scoreless sequence by splitting a pair of free-throws with 24 seconds left to play Fenerbahçe failed to score with their last two chances and missed out the chance of forcing game three.
You can pick up the game statistics here.
Game three required after final quarter fireworks
There are some games that you have to watch to believe. This one between Ros Casares and Spartak Moscow Region falls into this category.
Ros Casares started the final quarter leading by 15 points. For Spartak Moscow Region Lauren Jackson was on four personal fouls and yet to score.
Four minutes into the final period Jackson had 6 points and Ros Casares' lead had dropped to 4 points (65-61).
With three minutes to play, Jackson was still on the court with 10 points with the game tied (67-67).
Up stepped Amaya Valdemoro for Ros Casares with 6 points and Diana Taurasi with 4 points (33 points for the night) for Spartak Moscow.
With 32 seconds left to play, Ros Casares were leading (73-71). They had the ball and practically used all 24 seconds before Valdemoro shot. Yet she missed and Sylvia Fowles picked up the rebound.
She then got the ball off to Sue Bird who had the ball stripped off by Laia Palau.
Hence the two teams will meet again for game three.
You can pick up the game statistics here
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Date created: 20 February 2009