Fenerbahçe dominate the first phase of EuroLeague Women
The first phase of the FIBA Europe EuroLeague Women has been dominated by Fenerbahçe. They are unbeaten, picked up two ELW player-of-the-week awards and scored more than 100 points twice and are averaging 93.8 points per match.
Diana Taurasi, on her first visit to Russia since leaving Sparta&K Moscow Region, handed UMMC Ekaterinburg their first defeat (73-67). Taurasi led the scoring for Fenerbahçe with 23 points, while hitting five shots from behind the arc.
Ros Casares are the second team to have survived the first phase unscratched. They beat Frisca Sika Brno (82-74) with Rebekkah Brunson doing most of the damage with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a mixed night for France, with Tarbes winning at home and Mondeville losing on the road. Bourges played on Thursday and lost in overtime (68-77) to Beretta Famila .
Elsewhere in the EuroLeague Women ZVVZ USK Prague won against Galatasaray MP while Sparta&K Moscow Region beat Halcon Avenida.
In the TV game of the week Wisla Can-Pack got past Good Angels Kosice.
Select the links below to read the EuroLeague Women (or EWL) basketball news from the fifth round of games on day 1.
All the clubs in this group are still in the battle for play-off qualification.
Tarbes picked up their second win by beating VICI-Aistes (63-59). However it appeared that Tarbes did everything possible in the last couple of minutes to lose the game.
4 free-throws missed during the last couple of minutes almost allowed VICI-Aistes to snatch the game.
For Tarbes Jelena Dubljevic fired in 23 points, while Erin Thorn scored 15 points.
Eva Vitecková stole the show as ZVVZ USK Prague notched up their third consecutive victory.
Vitecková scored 25 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and handed out 4 assists for ZVVZ USK to overcome Galatasaray Medical Park (84-56).
Sylvia Fowles (in picture on the left) fired in 23 points for Galatasaray. But her USA team-mate playing for ZVVZ USK Lindsay Whalen (in picture on the right) had the last say with 16 points and 4 assists.
Delisha Milton-Jones also added to the misery of Galatasaray by scoring 20 points and collecting 11 rebounds.
Sparta&K Moscow Region, led by Irina Osipova with 15 points, had to wait until the final quarter to pull away from Halcon Avenida (72-60) for their third victory.
Sancho Lyttle's third double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds as well as the 19 points from Ana Montañana were not enough for Halcon Avenida to avoid their first defeat of the season.
Halcon still stay on top of the group with 4 wins while Sparta&K Moscow are one game behind with 3 wins.
Tarbes and Galatasaray have 2 wins each. VICI-Aistes hold up the table with just 1 win.
At the moment all six teams can still qualify for the play-off phase.