More teams qualify for
EuroLeague Women play-offs


Arras are out of the EuroLeague Women, while USO Mondeville are still missing the victory they require to move on. While all four play-off spots in Group A have been taken, Group B and C still have some places remaining to complete the play-off grid.

Bourges Basket already qualified for the next phase of the EuroLeague Women were not in action this week from Group A.

Rivas Ecópolis booked their place in the play-offs with their victory against BK IMOS Brno (67-50). Anna Cruz from Rivas was the leading player of the match with 21 points and 5 steals.

BK IMOS' defeat ended their qualification hopes for the play-offs. Tarsus already eliminated beat the depleted Uni Györ (81-70).

Nora Nagy-Bujdosó who led Uni Györ to victory last week has since left as the club continues to reduce its financial obligations.

Nika Baric

Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje avenged their defeat to Wisla Can-Pack earlier in the season (89-63).  Nika Baric (in picture) had her best offensive match for Sparta&K to top score with 15 points.

Tina Charles was the only player from Wisla Can-Pack to trouble Spartak offensively with 22 points.

With the top five are already known from this group, all that is at stake in the remaining two weeks is the team's ranking position for the draw for the play-offs.

Standings: Sparta&K 9-2, Bourges 7-3, Wisla 5-5, Rivas 5-5, Györ 5-6, Brno 2-8, Tarsus 2-9

Arras are eliminated from EuroLeague Women 2013

Ivana Matovic

Arras failed to beat Fenerbahçe and are the first team from Group B to be officially eliminated from the competition

Ivana Matovic (in picture) and Angel McCoughtry scored 22 and 17 points respectively for Fenerbahçe as they edged out Arras (81-75). Turkish international Birsel Vardarli also had a productive day at the point guard position scoring 16 points and dishing out 5 assists.

Arras were led by Olesia Malashenko and Sandra Dijon-Gérardin with 20 and 16 points each.

UE Sopron improved their chance of sneaking into the play-offs with a road victory against Municipal Targoviste (65-57).

It was a tough, physical game with neither side giving up much space. At the end Sopron held their nerve at the free-throw line to gain the points necessary to gain the aggregate victory over the two games.

Jelena Milovanovic had 15 points for Sopron while Gabriela Marginean hit 17 for Targoviste.

This result means that Sopron will qualify for the play-offs if both teams remain tied at the end of the season.

However Targoviste still have two games to play while Sopron just have one to play.

Famila Schio were beaten at home by Good Angels Kosice in the final game of the week (67-78).

Standings: Kosice 8-2, Fenerbahçe 8-2, Schio 7-4, Nadezhda 6-4, Targoviste 3-7, Sopron 3-8, Arras 1-9



EuroLeague Group C - UMMC Ekaterinburg, too strong

Sue Bird

UMMC Ekaterinburg have the deepest roster in the 2013 EuroLeague Women. Candace Parker's participation is over in ECW. But her replacement is no other than USA captain Sue Bird (in picture). In addition injury problems of Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Maria Stepanova are behind them and both players are back in the rotation.

UMMC Ekaterinburg led (11-4) after five minutes against USO Mondeville and the contest was already over. The Russians cruised for the rest of the first quarter (24-13). 

USO Mondeville huffed and puffed their way through the second quarter and reduced their deficit by a point at the interval break (30-40).

UMMC regained their composure after the break and ended up winning comfortably (79-58) with French international Sandrine Gruda top scoring with 20 points. Ewelina Kobryn and Stepanova added 19 and 10 points each. For Mondeville Noel Kuin (Quinn) and Amanda Lassiter finished with 14 and 12 points each.

In the two remaining games from EuroLeague Women Group C, CCC Polkowice ended Novi Zagred's slim chance of qualification (76-55).   Nneka Ogwumike fired in 21 points while collecting 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell was also on good form offensively with 19 points and 5 assists.

Galatasaray MP pulled away during the third quarter in their contest against Perfumerías Avenida for their ninth victory of the season (68-56).

Standings: UMMC 10-0, Galatasaray 9-2, Polkowice 5-6, Mondeville 4-6, USK Prague 4-6, Avenida 3-7, Novi Zagreb 1-9

Novi Zagreb 55-76 CCC Polkowice
Rivas Ecópolis 67-50 BK IMOS Brno
Famila Schio 67-78 Good Angels Kosice
Municipal Targoviste 57-65 UE Sopron
Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje 89-63 Wisla Can-Pack
Fenerbahçe SK 81-75 Arras
UMMC Ekaterinburg 79-58 USO Mondeville
Galatasaray MP 68-56 Perfumerías Avenida
Tarsus 81-70 Uni Györ


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ELW regular season articles

07 February 2013: Bourges Basket as only French team to go into play-off round

31 January 2013: Group C thriller goes on

23 January 2013: Arras fall with honour at Fenerbahçe

17 January 2013: First win for Arras while Mondeville's play-off chance still not confirmed

10 January 2013: Bad night for French teams

20 December 2012: Céline Dumer's magic touch from London saves Bourges while Stepanova returns

13 December 2012: Tina Charles dominates while Mondeville taken to the wire

06 December 2012: Half-way stage reached

28 November 2012: Round 6: Close games and excitement

23 November 2012: Two clubs remain unbeaten after five rounds

16 November 2012: Midnight madness in Spain, joy in Targoviste

08 November 2012: Arras lose again while Bourges Basket and USO Mondeville notch victories against Spanish clubs

01 November 2012: Bourges beaten in Moscow while Uni Györ stun Wisla Can-Pack

30 October 2012: 2013 EuroLeague Women Final Eight hosts are UMMC Ekaterinburg

30 October 2012: Can Bourges Basket qualify for the Final 8

25 October 2012: Perfect start for Bourges and Mondeville

24 October 2012: A fairy tale ending would be nice for Arras

24 October 2012: USO Mondeville have a tough task in group C


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