Fenerbahçe made it 15 wins from 15 matches in this season's EuroLeague Women with a victory against Beretta-Famila (74-58).
However their head coach George Dikeoulakos (in picture) went through a string of emotions on the side lines as his players - at times - made things more complicated then it shoud have been. They needed a 13-4 run in the final minutes to seal the victory.
All the same at the end of the game Dikeoulakos was satisfied with the performance and happy that his team only conceded 58 points.
Ivana Matovic was the key player for Fenerbahçe. She scored her team's first 6 points and finished with a game high 25 points while Penny Taylor added 24 points.
Fenerbahçe 74-58 Famila Schio
Fenerbahce: Ivana Matovic 25, Penny Taylor 24, Zane Tamane 9 (10 rebounds), Angel McCoughtry 9
George Dikeoulakos, Angel McCoughtry and Zane Tamane spoke with us after the game and you can listen to their comments here:
In the second game from the group, the hosts Galatasaray never really got going and paid the prize as Rivas Ecópolis walked away with the victory (75-68).
Spanish international Anna Cruz only scored 4 points but she was the driving force in her side's victory. She was everywhere and basically a pain in the backside for the hosts.
Essence Carson and Amaya Valdemoro spoke about the team chemistry and their jobs on the court and on the bench.
Miguel Martinez Mendez, the coach from Rivas used his bench cleverly for his key players to rest. He was rewarded with big shots from Carson and Elisa Aquilar during the last phase of the game that sealed the victory.
For the hosts Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles both scored 21 points but they needed help from other players.
Rivas Ecópolis 75-68 Galatasaray
Rivas Ecópolis: Jones 19 (13 rebounds), Aguilar 16, Carson 10, Laura Nicholls 9
Galatasaray: Taurasi 21, Charles 21 (10 rebounds), Prince 10
Wisla Can-Pack had the honour of snapping an almost five-year home winning streak in EuroLeague Women play against Sparta&K Moscoy. They also claimed the double this season by also beating them at home during the return game of the league phase.
In addition without Irina Osipova and Jelena Milovanovic, Sparta&K started as under-dogs.
Wisla led (16-2) after five minutes and gave the impression that they would run away with the game. However Sparta&K recovered slowly and by half time trailed by just 6 points (29-35).
Wisla never really got going in the second half and once it started to go in from beyond the arc for Sparta&K, the tied turned and it was game set and match for Sparta&K.
They went 9-of-12 from three-point play in the second half. Although the big four from Wisla all finished in double digits scores they were all absent at key moments.
For the first winners of a match in the EuroLeague Women Final 8, Becky Hammon (in picture) led the scoring with 19 points (4-of-5 from beyond the arc). But it was Evgenia Belyakova who provided the spark for the victory.
You can listen to comments from Becky Hammon and Pokey Chapman about the team's performance.
Wisla Can-Pack 70-77 Sparta&K
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Date created: 30 March 2012
Last Updated: 01 April 2012
Game 2: Penny Taylor (Fenerbahçe SK)
Game 1: Seimone Augustus (Sparta&K Moscow Region)
Round 5: Erika De Souza (Perfumerías Avenida)
Round 4: Diana Taurasi (Galatasaray Medical Park)
Round 3: Dewanna Bonner (Perfumerías Avenida)
Round 2: Quanitra Hollingsworth (Seat Unisze Györ) and Ann Wauters (Ros Casares)
Round 1: Diana Taurasi (Galatasaray Medical Park)
|EuroLeague Women - Final 8 Seeding|
|6.||Sparta&K Moscow Region||10|
|8.||UMMC Ekaterinburg||8||9.||Good Angels Kosice||6|
|13.||ZVVK USK Prague||4|