EuroLeague Women perfection for Spartak Moscow Region
Spartak Moscow Region have secured the number one seed for the second phase of the EuroLeague Women competition. They beat Lotos Gdynia(85-60) and are the only club to win all 10 games in the group phase.
Lotos Gdynia are the last team to qualify from Group D despite their defeat.
In the rest of the group action Tarbes lost on the road to Fenerbahce (69-82) with Penny Taylor firing in 29 points for the winners. Frisco Sika Brno did just enough to beat Szeviép (69-61).
In Group C, Bourges Basket have assured further participation with a victory (66-58) against Rivas Ecópolis.
The final qualifier from this group is ZVVK USK Prague who eliminated MKB Euroleasing (96-93) on the road.
Good Angels Kosice maintained their good form with another road victory (95-88) against Polish club side KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow.
From Group B, Mizo Pécs 2010 had a comfortable victory against Villeneuve d'Ascq (94-42).
Wisla Can-Pack were pushed all the way by Gospic Croatia and escaped defeat by a single point (85-84). Halcon Avenida closed the group phase with a home victory against Beretta Famila (80-62).
In Group A, UMMC Ekaterinburg made it a perfect evening for Russian clubs with a comfortable victory (92-53) against TTT Riga.
Russian international Svetlana Abrosimova (left) poured in 21 points for UMMC.
In the remaining games all the home teams won with Ros Casares beating Galatasaray (77-47) and Cras Basket winning (81-53) against Vilnius TEO.
Villeneuve d'Acsq may have a squad of former youth international basketball players that have won plenty of medals for France. However it was the current youth internationals from MiZo Pécs 2010 that stole the show as their team won (94-42).
Krisztina Raksányi (left) and Sara Krnjic are two talented players from the 1991 generation and there are also the 1990 born players Nikolett Sarok and Nóra Ruják.
The senior players for MiZo Pécs set the pace with Anna Vajda with 29 points before leaving the youth players to finish off the game.
Abdou N’Diaye from Villeneuve decided also to allow his youngest players, Fatim Traore and Rudiane Eduardo, both 93 born to finish the game.
N’Diaye explained during the after-game press conference: "It was a very weak night for our team. But we are not so sad because our players are very young and we will be better in the future."
Gospic Croatia that were playing for pride at home scored 14-from-34 attempts from beyond the arc in the loss (84-85) to Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.
Gospic had the chance to win in the last second but the ball refused to drop. Carla Thomas and Anđa Jelavić scored 23 points each for the hosts.
Ewelina Kobryn led the scoring for Wisla Can-Pack with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Alba Torrens, Sancho Lyttle and Le'Coe Willingham scored 63 of the 80 points for Halcon Avenida in the victory against Beretta Famila (80-62).
Bourges Basket had to win to assure qualification with Pierre Vincent, the head coach of Bourges, taking no risks.
His team's suffocating defensive system stopped Rivas Ecópolis from getting into an offensive rhythm.
Essence Carson (left) in her last EuroLeague Women game for Bourges maintained her competition average with 13 points.
Emméline Ndongue was the leading scorer with 15 points. She also collected 10 rebounds as Bourges beat Rivas (66-58). Nwal-Endéné Miyem also scored 13 points.
Ana Cruz and Cathy Joens finished on 11 points apiece for Rivas.
Lindsay Whalen fired in 28 points which included the game winning points for ZVVZ USK Prague to edge out MKB Euroleasing (96-93).
Jelena Milovanovic scored 31 points for MKB Euroleasing. But it was not enough for the win and last season's final four participants are eliminated.
Good Angels Kosice had to work hard in overcoming the hosts KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow (95-88).
Two big three-pointers during money-time sealed the victory for Good Angels. Candice Dupree (19 rebounds) and Angel McCoughtry (10 rebounds) scored 22 and 21 points each, while Liudmila Sapova fired in 22 points for KSSSE AZS-PWSZ.
Spartak Moscow Region did the damage in the first 10 minutes against Lotos Gdynia (32-13). They played the last 30 minutes in cruise control and won the match (85-60).
Sue Bird, Sylvia Fowles, Diana Taurasi had their dominating spells and each player finished in double digits. Sonja Petrovic with 10 points in 12 minutes was the fourth Spartak player in double digits.
Spartak are the only team to come out unbeaten after the first phase.
Tarbes travelled to Turkey with one objective in mind, that was to come away with the victory. However without Frida Eldebrink they were a little short on fire power.
Tarbes also had the bad luck on meeting Penny Taylor (right), who shot 29 points in 28 minutes as Fenerbahce eliminated them from the competition (82-69).
Frisco Sika Brno's form has been patchy lately and they had to wait for some magic by Hana Horakova with five minutes to play.
Her trey put Brno in the lead for good and sparked a 11-2 run to finish the game.