EuroLeague Women Alba Torrens hurt Cras Basket shine on FIBA TV Qualification system explained
With Galatasaray hosting the EuroLeague Women Final 8 and Lotos Gdynia already eliminated, this game had no value in terms of this competition and yet Galatasaray migh have lost out big time with nine weeks before the final with an injury to a key player.
Spanish international Alba Torrens was injured during the game and left the court on a stretcher. The extend of her injury is not known, all that has been confirmed is that she will have further tests when the teams returns to Turkey.
Dürdane Gümüsay, Torrens' team-mate was injured during practice and was unable to play. Already Galatasaray were without Isil Alben who is also injured.
The match itself was a high scoring game with Galatasaray winning (94-80) and Diana Taurasi leading the way with 23 points. For Lotos Jolene Anderson hit 25 points.
In the other Group A match between the already eliminated Seat Unisze Györ and VICI Aistes, it was the hosts from Györ that came out on top (90-70). Iva Ciglar fired in 32 points and dished out 10 assists.
EuroLeague Women Group C: Cras Basket on the tail of Montpellier
The task for Cras Basket was simple: they had to win to avoid direct elimination. Playing at home and in front of the FIBA TV cameras Cras Basket never really allowed Wisla Can-Pack a chance to settle in the game.
High percentage shooting and maximum output from the bench enabled Cras Basket to run away with the victory (81-69). Although Kia Vaughn 20 points and 11 rebounds paced the Italians for most of the game, it was the final-quarter heroics of Megan Mahoney with 12 points and the hustle of Michelle Greco that turned the game finally to their advantage.
Cras Basket have to win their final two games and hope that Montpellier fail to win again.
Gospic Croatia join the list of teams already eliminated.
Lotus Gyndia 80-94 Galatasaray MP Seat Unisze Györ 90-70 VICI Aistes Cras Basket 81-69 Wisla Can-Pack
EuroLeague Women qualification and ranking system explained
Due to the fact that Galatasaray finish in the top five in their group, the qualification from the group phase for the second round is simple this year.
The top five teams for each group qualify for the next phase. If two or more teams are tied, then the records of matches between those teams are used to determine the final position in the group table.
In order to determine the final ranking system for the draw (brackets) for the rest of the competition only the results of the teams that have qualified are taken in consideration.
If we take EuroLeague Women Group A as an example:
Seat Unisze Györ, Lotos Gdynia and VICI Aistes have all been eliminated so all their games are not be taken into account.
The elimination of VICI Aistes is good for Ros Casares because their loss to them is not included in the ranking table.
The other teams definitely eliminated are:
Group B: Tarbes and UNIQA-EuroLeasing
Group C: Frisco Brno and Gospic Croatia
The current ranking for week 12 is based on the assumption that Cras Basket has been eliminated: