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 (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).
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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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 (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 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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