EuroLeague Women news:
Bourges Basket, Rivas Ecópolis and Mizo Pécs forcing game three


 Bourges Basket and Halcon Avenida at the tip-off © Olivier Martin

Rivas Ecópolis' EuroLeague Women negative series has come to an end with a road victory (67-64) against Frisco Sika Brno. Crystal Langhorne and Jelena Dubljevic who contributed 19 and 16 points respectively were the two match winners.

 Dalma Ivanyi© mizopecsbasketballDalma Ivanyi (left) fired in 24 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as MiZo Pécs 2010 outscored Wisla Can-Pack (68-64) at home to stay in the competition.

Ros Casares won again by 11 points to wrap up their series against ZVVZ USK Prague (85-74) with Delisha Milton-Jones leading the way with 18 points.

Good Angels Kosice swept the series against Beretta-Famila with a solid but not spectacular victory (65-59).

Diana Taurasi gave the Polish fans a taste of what to expect at the EuroLeague Women All Star Game. She scored 31 points in the victory of Spartak Moscow Region while eliminating Lotus Gdynia (91-69).

UMMC Ekaterinburg had to work hard to win against Galatasaray (61-50) while Fenerbahce sweep Cras Basket (60-55).

Bourges Basket became the third team of the evening to tie a series after beating Halcon Avenida (69-64).

Select the links below to read the EuroLeague Women basketball news from the various games:

1. Bourges Basket keep the series going

2. Frisco Sika Brno and Rivas Ecópolis will play again

3. Star player deliver when required

4. Results and box scores

Bourges Basket EuroLeague Women ambitions remains intact

 Styliani Kaltsidou at the free-throw line © Olivier Martin  Styliani Kaltsidou (left) opened the scoring for Bourges Basket as the supporters were still settling into their seats.

This action was followed by Alba Torrens hitting back with a trey for Halcon Avenida on their very first attack.

Ilona Burgrová lost her first encounter with Le’Coe Willingham from the guests. She was then rewarded with a couple of free-throws to level the score.

The teams traded baskets with Bourges hanging on to the lead (18-15) after back to back scores from Anäel Lardy with a minute to play in the first quarter.

The last points of the first quarter were scored by Ana Lelas for Bourges to increase their advantage (20-15).

At the start of the second quarter, Emméline Ndongue was called for an intentional foul (shirt pull) on Sancho Lyttle. Lyttle scored the free-throws and was on the score sheet again on the next attack.

Bourges quickly reorganised themselves with Jennifer Digbeu picking up an offensive rebound to score. Ndongue also stepped up and scored 5 straight points.

 Silvia Dominguez © Olivier Martin  The game became more physical on both sides inside the paint. So Bourges switched to the outside shooting of Lelas to complete the 10-0 run with a trey.

However Silvia Dominguez (right) ended the sequence with a trey for Halcon Avenida. Yet Bourges continued to be aggressive.

They took full advantage of the absence of Lyttle to maintain their advantage with a trey by Paoline Salagnac and 3 points from Ndongue to go into the locker room ahead (38-39).

Halcon Avenida were a completely different team after the break with Dominguez and Anke De Mondt scoring from beyond the arc. They were quickly on the tail of Bourges.

Lyttle made it 8-0 for Halcon at the start of the third quarter. But Styliani Kaltsidou came to the rescue of Bourges.

Pierre Vincent continued to turn his bench and his team restored the 8-point advantage (51-43).

 Sancho Lyttle © Olivier Martin  Lyttle (left) was not having a good game and was not happy with the officials despite getting calls in her favour.

Both teams continued to leave points at the charity stripes as the game dropped in intensity.

Bourges started the final quarter leading (53-46) but once again struggled initially to be hit (0-6).

Then Kaltsidou opened the Bourges account. Moments later added 2 more points from the charity-stripes after Emilija Podrug picked up a technical foul for arguing with the officials (57-51).

 Anäel Lardy © Olivier Martin  Ndongue missed the opportunity to extend the lead when she missed a couple of free-throws whereas Halcon Avenida took advantage with Lyttle to score.

Pierre Vincent decided with just under five minutes to play to call a time-out with his team leading (57-53).

The end of the game was rather untidy. Most of the scoring came from the free-throw line. Bourges hang on to win (67-64).

Kaltsidou was the leading scorer for Bourges with 16 points, Ndongue and Lardy (above) also finished in double digits with 13 and 12 points each.

Lyttle was the EuroLeague Women tie top scorer with 20 points and 16 points. De Mondt, Willingham and Dominguez followed with 14,13 and 12 points each.

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Rivas Ecópolis force game three

 Dewanna Bonner and Crystal Langhorne  © FIBA Europe  Dewanna Bonner (right in white) and Taj Mc Williams were quickly into their stride as the hosts had an early advantage (6-2).

However Rivas Ecópolis were soon back on level terms with the scoring of Crystal Langhorne (right in red). They took the lead (8-7) after a lay-up by Anna Cruz with just over five minutes played.

The last three minutes of the quarter belonged to Hana Horakova as she ignited her team-mates to finish the quarter with a 14-2 run to go (21-10) ahead.

The second quarter belong to Rivas Ecópolis and in particular Jelena Dubljevic. They fired in 17 straight points to regain the advantage (27-23).

Hollie Grima ended the seven-minute barren spell for the hosts. But a trey by Elin Eldebrink made sure the guests maintained the momentum to hold onto the lead at the interval (30-29).

Bonner took on Rivas single-handedly with all but 5 of her team's points during the third quarter as they chased their guests.

However clutch three-point shooting from Rivas and the energy of Langhorne kept them in front (51-46) going into the final quarter.

Rivas pushed the lead up to 10 points (57-47) with just over six minutes to play.

The hosts, led by Bonner and Eva Vitecková, brought the hosts to within 2 points (57-59) with 3 1/2 minutes left to play.

Catherine Joens fired in a trey for Rivas almost immediately. Scoring became more difficult. Yet with just over a minute to play Cruz scored to give the host a 5-point cushion.

The rest of the game was played out on the free-throw line with Rivas hanging on to win (67-64).

This victory snapped their four-game EuroLeague Women losing streek and has tied the series.

Langhorne led the Spanish side with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Bonner finished with a game high 27 points for the hosts.

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EuroLeague Women stars deliver when needed

Lotos Gdynia led for almost 18 minutes in their game against Spartak Moscow Region.

Diana Taurasi then tied the game with a three-pointer. 31 seconds later she delivered a pass to Anete Jekabsone-Zogota who hit a three-pointer to put Spartak Moscow in the lead for good.

Spartak went into the locker room leading (40-33).

The rest of the game was a Spartak demonstration. Taurasi finished the match with 31 points and 3 assists while Janel Mc Carville picked up 9 steals and scored 13 points.

 Candace Parker in the air, higher than Tamika Catchings © FIBA Europe  Candace Parker (No.13 in picture) and Cappie Pondexter saved UMMC Ekaterinburg with a combined total of 29 points in their (61-50) victory against Galatasaray.

The game was a close affair for 37 minutes with Sophia Young and Tamika Catchings (right in picture with the ball) keeping Galatasaray in the game (49-50).

UMMC finally turned on the turbo with Parker and Pondexter in the thick of the action as they outscored their hosts 11-1 to win the match and the series.

Ros Casares eliminated ZVVZ USK Prague (85-74) from the EuroLeague competition with a vintage display by Delisha Milton-Jones (18 points and 6 rebounds). Becky Hammon in her last EuroLeague for the club and Laia Palau finished the scoring in the last minute.

Penny Taylor led Fenerbahce to victory (60-55) against Cras Basket. Taylor scored a game high 17 points. But it was her defensive work that was the talking point of the game.

Nicole Powell's contribution of 15 points also helped in the victory.

 Good Angels Kosice players happy with the win © Manrian Ujco

 Miljana Musovic © Manrian Ujco Good Angels Kosice have qualified for the quarter-final after sweeping up the series with a (65-59) home victory against Beretta-Famila.

The duo of Candice Dupree and Angel McCoughtry combined for a total of 27 points. They had to share the limelight with Miljana Musovic (right).

However the performance of the night belonged to Dalma Ivanyi from Mizo Pécs who finished with a triple double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to see her side beat Wisla Can-Pack (68-64) to tie the series.

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EuroLeague Women eighth-final (game two) results and box scores

Lotos Gdynia 69-91 Spartak Moscow Region

Galatasaray 50-61 UMMC Ekaterinburg

Mizo Pécs 68-64 Wisla Can-Pack

Cras Basket Taranto 55-60 Fenerbahce

Frisco Sika Brno 64-67 Rivas Ecópolis

ZVVZ USK Prague 74-85 Ros Casares

Bourges Basket 69-64 Halcon Avenida

Good Angels Kosice 65-59 Beretta Famila Schio

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Olivier Martin @ Basquetbol.org
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Date created: 05 February 2010


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