EuroLeague Women: not on the internet Galatasaray MP: not taking it easy
The third round of EuroLeague Women action did not have an international feel this week with just one game streamed live on the internet.
The 2012 EuroLeague Women Final Eight hosts Ekaterinburg dispatched Galatasaray MP (84-65) in an impressive performance in Istanbul.
It was a mixed night for French clubs with just injury hit Bourges Basket coming away with a victory against Uni Seat Györ. Lattes Montpellier suffered their first defeat in all competitions with a road defeat against Wisla Can-Pack.
Tarbes had Pauline Krawczyk and Maja Miljkovic in the line-up and just fell short against Nadezhda Orenburg.
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The first 15 minutes between Galatasaray MP and UMMC Ekaterinburg was a technical game of chess played on the basketball court with the Russians leading (33-26).
Then Tina Charles (in picture) from Galatasaray started the home charge from the free-throw line. They battled more for the ball and after two more free throws Diana Taurasi tied the game with her team's only three-ball of the game (33-33).
Taurasi was not finished and added 7 more points for the hosts to go into the locker room ahead (40-33).
Despite the efforts of Sandrine Gruda, Galatasaray MP were on a run and dominated their guests all over the court as they fought for everything to stretch their lead (59-46).
UMMC failed to get inside while their hosts continued to battle for all lose balls to romp to victory (84-65).
Galatasaray went 17-from-20 from the free-throw line with Taurausi leading the scoring with 27 points. But it was Charles with 24 points and 14 rebounds who was the player of the match, not just for her statistics but for her hustling.
Gruda had a EuroLeague Women game in which she even showed that she could hit from behind the arc. However the real news was the participation of Candance Parker and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota who were according to the club's website not fit to play.
ZVVK USK Prague have finally opened their EuroLeague Women account with a comfortable road victory against VICI Aistes (80-70).
The visitors never trailed and were led by 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists by Frida Eldebrink. For the hosts Canadian international Courtnay Pilypaitis had 22 points.
All week the news from Bourges Basket has been about the injury list and who cannot train. Céline Dumerc is out for at least a month and the time out for Jennifer Digbeu has not been confirmed.
Yet Styliani Kaltsidou, although not able to train fired in 22 points, had 5 assists and picked up 11 rebounds as Bourges crushed Uni Seat Györ (87-68).
Cathy Joens who returned during the weekend added 17 points. Ieva Kublina who was also unable to train because of problems with her back added 11 points.
The Hungarians had a better start to the match leading (13-6) with five minutes played. It appeared that they were put off by the officials that told them to tuck in their jerseys.
After the time-out Bourges started to play better and with Kiesha Brown (8 assists) and Nwal-Endéné Miyem (16 points) finding their way to the charity stripes Bourges went in front and finished the first quarter up by 1 point (19-18).
Renee Montgomery silenced the home fans with back to back scores for her side to regain the lead briefly (22-21) 90 seocnds into the second quarter.
Then Margaux Galliou-Loko restored the advantage back to the "Tangos" who stayed ahead throughout the rest of the way. Bourges went into the locker rool leading (39-34).
They opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run to get their first significant advantage of the match (48-34).
Bourges' carelessness allowed Uni Seat Györ to remain in the match while also former Bourges Basket player Nora Nagy was playing much better than she had ever displayed during her two seasons at the club.
Bourges went into the final quarter with an 11-point lead (58-49).
The pair Montgomery (22 points) and Nagy 20 points kept the guests on the heals of Bourges Basket (64-71) with five minutes to play.
Bourges were able to pick themselves up to finish with a flourish to end the game with a comfortable victory.
On the first evening of the third round only two games from this group of seven teams were played.
The defending champions from Spain Perfumerías Avenida beat UNIQA-EuroLeasing Sopron (74-64) in Sopron, Hungary.
The Spanish champions set up the victory in the first quarter with a 10-0 burst to lead (23-14). The Hungarian side chased after their guests for the next 20 minutes while reducing the deficit to go into the final quarter trailing (53-55).
Dewanna Bonner (in picture) who finished the tie with 32 points, 3 steals, 1 block and 10 rebounds once again gave the champions some breathing space with the first point of the final quarter. However the hosts through Olexandra Kurasova were 1 point down (55-56) with nine minutes to play.
Any chance of a home victory evaporated three minutes later as the Spanish side added 10 unanswered points (66-55) to then pace themselves the rest of the way. For EuroLeasing Dóra Horti had 16 points and 9 rebounds while Zsófia Fegyverneky handed out 6 assists.
Tarbes fell short at home against Nadezhda Orenburg (60-65). Katie Douglas made the difference during a hotly contested final quarter for the Russians to take the win.
However Tarbes were close to upsetting the Russian side with Pauline Krawczyk in her first game of the season and new signing Maja Miljkovic combining for 25 points.
Anastasiya Verameyenka who was handicapped with 2 fouls in the first 30 seconds of the game led the scoring for Nadezhda Orenburg with 18 points while Douglas finished with 17 points. Rebekkah Brunson who collected a technical foul had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Good Angels Kosice did not tremble in holding off their hosts ZKK Gospic Croatia after snatching the lead for good with a three-ball at the end of the first quarter (27-25) by Kayla Pedersen.
However the star of the team at the moment is Miljana Bojovic who poured in 22 points, dished out 4 assists and made 5 steals in the victory.
Her team-mates Lucia Kupcikova and Danielle McCray weighed in with 19 and 16 points respectively in the (91-76) victory.
The hosts did not give up and reduced their deficit to 2 points (63-65) late in the third quarter. Yet this was as close as they got despite the 22-point effort of Julie McBride.
Frisco Sika Brno put up a better display then last week against Montpellier but still ended up on the losing side at home to the Italians Cras Basket (59-66).
The teams went into the locker room tied (31-31) and stayed together (39-39) five minutes into the third quarter. Cras Basket added 8 more points to complete a 12-0 run which gave them the break they needed to take control of the game (47-39) with 29 minutes played.
The hosts reduced the gap going into the final quarter (43-47) with Swedish youth star Fariya Abdi closing the score.
The hosts came to within 2 points of their guests (45-47) with 2 more points by Abdi at the start of the last quarter. However the Italians weathered the storm.
Kia Vaughn led the way with 16 points for Cras Basket while French international Elodie Godin added 12 points.
Wisla Can-Pack have been on fire in the EuroLeague Women competition and pushed aside Lattes Montpellier (66-58) with 17 points coming from Nicole Powell.
Montpellier lead (21-17) at the end of the first quarter but then their shooting went to pots while Wisla Can-Pack picked up in intensity to take the lead (30-29) going into the break.
Back to back treys by Erin Philips and Ana Dabovic put the hosts on their way (42-33) with 26 minutes played.
Montpellier chipped away at the score and with five minutes left to play regained the lead with Stephany Skrba (54-53).
Milka Bjelica turned the advantage permanently to the hosts with consecutive scores and with the home fans in full voice,
Montpellier disappeared leaving the road clear for the Polish side to celebrate the win.
In the final EuroLeague Women encounter in Group C, Rivas Ecópolis beat Sparta&K Moscow Region (75-73) on the last play with a game-winning lay-up by Asjha Jones with 1.76 seconds left to play.
Jones finished the match with 25 points and 10 rebounds while Elisa Aguilar added 16 points and 3 assists and Laura Nicholls had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
For Sparta&K Seimone Augustus in her first game of the competition fired in 25 points.