Wisla Can-Pack's EuroLeague Women quarter-final qualification has been secured with a (69-57) victory against Mizo Pécs. Marta Fernandez was once again the leader for Wisla Can-Pack with 17 points and 5 assists.
Frisco Sika Brno once again played with six players and ran out winners (77-63) against Rivas Ecópolis. Dewanna Bonner was the pick of the players with 19 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.
Halcon Avenida had to wait until the final quarter to put away Bourges Basket (64-55).
Sancho Lyttle with 22 points and 15 rebounds should take all the glory. But it was the performance of Silvia Dominguez that swung the game in favour of the team from Spain.
The quarter-final brackets are as follows:
Spartak Moscow Region vs. Fenerbahce Ros Casares vs. Halcon Avenida Wisla Can-Pack vs. Frisco Sika Brno UMMC Ekaterinburg vs. Good Angels Kosice
Wisla Can-Pack took hold of the game right from the tip-off and never trailed during the first quarter.
This was partly due to Marta Fernandez. She more or less took on Mizo Pécs single-handedly scoring 11 of her team's 21 points to lead (21-18).
However it was not a one-sided game with the leaders of Mizo Pécs sharing the scoring with 4 points each: Dalma Ivanyi (3 assists), Nicole Ohlde and Anna Vadja.
The game was tied for the first time at the start of the second quarter with a trey by Alexandria Quigley.
Katerina Zohnová and Ewelina Kobryn scored the next 7 points for the hosts as they appeared to have regained control (28-21) with 13 minutes played.
However Mizo Pécs took full advantage of the foul problems of their opponents. They went 6-of-8 from the charity stripes before going ahead with a three-pointer by Hungarian youth international Krisztina Raksányi (31-30).
The advantage did not last long as the pendulmum swung back in favour of Wisla Can-Pack with Iziane Castro Marques and Janell Burse finding their way to the baket.
The lead was to change hands twice before the end of the quarter as Kobryn and Vajda exchanged baskets.
Wisla Can-Pack went into the interval in front (38-37).
Fernandez (left) who went scoreless during the second quarter opened the scoring after the break. The pace of the game dropped as both sides stepped up defensively.
Liron Cohen and Zohnová scored from the land of many in a 8-0 run for the hosts.
After almost four minutes without scoring Vadja (18 points) scored for Mizo Pécs. She then went on to score 4 more points as she compiled a 6-0 run by herself.
Wisla Can-Pack were put on the back foot and struggled offensively as Kobryn was on the bench with 4 fouls.
Mizo Pécs took full advantage to regain the lead (49-48) with former Bourges Basket player Nora Nagy-Bujdosó going 2-of-2 from the charity stripes.
All the scoring at the start of the final quarter came from the free-throw line with the hosts getting the advantage back (52-50) after Zsófia Fegyverneky fouled out with eight minutes left to play.
Fernandez doubled her team's lead with the first points from open play in the quarter. Yet the joy did not last long (54-50).
Quigley (10 points) was left open for a split second to fire in a three-pointer. This was quickly followed by 2 points by Vadja as the guests edged in front once more.
With five minutes left to play the game was all square (55-55).
Zohnová (right - 13 points) connected with her second three-pointer of the game to put Wisla ahead for good with four minutes remaining.
Mizo Pécs died on their feet during the closing minutes. They were outscored 2-11 allowing Wisla Can-Pack to win (69-57) and win the EuroLeague Women series 2-1.
Fernandez led the hosts with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Nwal-Endéné Miyem silenced the home fans early on with the first 4 points of the game for Bourges Basket. However the fans from Halcon Avenida soon had something to cheer about with Alba Torrens hitting a trey.
Miyem continued her one-lady demolition act scoring all the points for Bourges Basket for her side to lead (8-3) with almost five minutes played.
Then Silvia Dominguez (right) brought an end to the Miyem show. But a three-pointer by Jennifer Digbeu allowed Bourges to maintain the momentum.
Bourges went 9 points clear (14-5) with two minute left to play in the quarter.
Also Sancho Lyttle started to throw her weight about and went on to score back to back before Dominguez completed the 6-0 run. This left Halcon Avenida trailing (11-14) by the end of the first quarter.
The pace of the game was slow and the play was very technical. Katrina Manic scored for Bourges but back to back scores from Dominguez and Lyttle made it a 1-point game in favour of Bourges (16-15) with 12 minutes played.
Bourges kept their hosts at bay for almost five minutes while scoring 13 unanswered points to open the first significant lead of the game (29-15).
Yet Dominguez once again found her way to the basket for Halcon Avenida. She was the spark her side needed as they outscored Bourges Basket 7-3 to close the quarter.
Bourges still went into the locker room in front (32-22).
Afterwards Le'Coe Willingham was the driving force behind the Halcon Avenida revival with frequent trips to the free-throw line.
She brought the teams level (35-35) with three minutes left to play. Lyttle completed the 14-0 run to put the hosts in front for the first time in the game (37-25) with 28 minutes played.
The game changed completely as Bourges quickly picked up the pace. Ana Lelas tied the game briefly (37-37).
Anke De Mondt was left open from beyond the arc and connected for Halcon Avenida to take back the advantage. But Bourges wrestled back the lead with a pair of free-throws from Manic and a basket by Ilona Burgrová (41-40).
The sea-saw battle continued with the lead changing hands on every score until Torrens connected with a mid-distance jumper (50-47) with seven minutes left to play.
With just over five minutes left to play Dominguez scored to give the hosts a 5-point cushion.
A three-pointer by Styliani Kaltsidou and Digbeu raised the hopes of Pierre Vincent. However the finishing of Willingham and Dominguez kept Bourges at bay.
Lyttle (left) did the rest and Halcon Avenida ran out winners (64-55). For the first time in their history Bourges Basket failed to reach the last 8 of the EuroLeague Women.
Lyttle led the scoring with 22 points and 15 rebounds while Willingham and Dominguez contributed 16 and 14 points each.
Miyem was the only player from Bourges Basket to reach double digits with 15 points.
Frisco Sika Brno's 2010 EuroLeague Women competition continues after a pulsating road victory (77-63) against Rivas Ecópolis.
Frisco Sika Brno led from start to finish and did most of the damage in the first 10 minutes ahead (24-12).
Jan Bobrovsky, the coach from Sika Brno, then devised systems that kept the hosts at bay for most of the match.
Dewanna Bonner, Hana Horakova, Taj Mc Williams, Eva Vitecková and Jelena Skerovic all finished in double digits with 19, 16, 14, 13 and 10 points each. Holie Grima who was the sixth player used scored 5 points.
For Rivas Ecópolis it was a disappointing end to a EuroLeague Women campaign that started with seven victories. For former Aix-en-Provence player Catherine Joens she led the team in scoring with 15 points.