EuroCup Women Eight Final round-up.
Dynamo Kursk easily advanced to the quarter finals after rolling over Horizont. Kursk felt so comfortable with the outcome that they didn’t play Michelle Snow and Temeka Johnson at all and Ausra Bimbaite spent only 6 minutes on the court.
Dynamo Kursk – Horizont 78-53
Kursk: Lisina 27 (14 reb), Petrakova 20, Bocharova 11
Horizont: Hasper 13, Troina 12 (12 reb), Khatsko 8
Dynamo Kursk advance 160–108.
Arras continued to dominate the season series against Landes with a third win in three games. Landes started out well but it they never really came remotely close to erasing the 23 point deficit they had going in this game.
Arras – Basket Landes 55-45
Arras: Marginean 15, Akonga 11, Cousseins 8
Landes: Zurowska 13, Le Gluher-Cano 10, Laborde 8
Arras advance 128–95.
It was a tall order for Dexia Namur to go to Hainaut and erase a six point deficit but it looked possible for the first half until the hosts came out strong in the second to put the game and series away. 21 year old Lithuanian Marina Solopova scored 19 in the win while the 16 year old Belgian Hind Ben Abdelkader was her team’s second leading scorer in the loss.
Hainaut Basket – Dexia Namur 77-59
Hainaut: Carter 21, Solopova 19, Bachvarova 13, Houts 10, Stampalija 9
Dexia: Dubuc 12, Ben Abdelkader 11, Van Malderen 9
Hainaut advance 146-122.
Less than a day after some Turks were starting to think their league is stronger than EuroLeague Women, the team that defeated Fenerbahce couldn’t do anything about MBK Ruzomberok at home in Turkey. Optimum TED had to win by at least 7, which was impossible to do considering that they trailed the visitors by 5-10 points almost all of the game.
Optimum TED – MBK Ruzomberok 67-76
TED: Ajavon 16, Walker 15, Yavas 13
Ruzomberok: Andersson 18, Tetemondova 15, Guzman 14
MBK Ruzomberok advance 147-132.
It was just a formality that needed to be taken care of for Chevakata to advance to the next round. Emma Meesseman continued to be the leader of her team finishing the night with 16 points. One has to think she could realistically play in EuroLeague Women next season.
Vologda Chevakata – Lotto Young Cats 81-53
Vologda: Malashenko 13, Cherepanova 12, Makhlina 11, Kiseleva 10 (10 reb)
Lotto: Meesseman 16, Rosseel 9 (10 reb), Devliegher 9
Chevakata advance 163-108.
Botas was the only team that managed to advance after losing their first game and they did it by erasing 11 point deficit from the first game. To accomplish that they needed a 12-1 run to end the game.
Botas – USO Mondeville 82-67
Botas: Paris 21 (10 reb), Wright 19, Chaney 17, Quinn 11, Kartaltepe 9
Mondeville: Coulibaly 14, Paugaite 12, Sharp 10, Kamba 9
Botas advance 140-136.
The defending champions Elitzur Ramla finished their 2012 EuroCup campaign in eight finals as they came within a shot of tying or winning the series in the final minutes but the two turnovers in the final minute proved to be crucial.
Elitzur Ramla – Kayseri Kaski 70-64
Ramla: Wright 25, Doron 24, Jackson 6
Kayseri: Sanders 17 (13 reb), Ozturk 14, Hodges 14, Willingham 10
Kayseri Kaski advance 143-139.
If you’re Spanish fan you cannot not be anxious to see Astou Ndour and Vanessa Ble reach the National Team in the coming years. Both of them outplayed any post player combination Besiktas could put on the floor against them. Don’t think we’ll ever find out if Besiktas decision to put Vandersloot in for Wiggins was their own or FIBA’s as Wiggins was tossed from the previous game at Gran Canaria after elbowing her opponent.
Besiktas – Gran Canaria 2014 61-78
Besiktas: Vandersloot 16, Horasan 10, Sencebe 10, Korstin 9
Canaria: Moss 21, Ndour 19, Ble 11 (14 reb), Arguello 10
Gran Canaria 2014 advance 147-121.