Tarsus were outrebounded by 9 rebounds in the first quarter. By the end of the first half they found themselves down 20 in the rebounding to Sparta&K. The fact they made just three field goals in the second quarter, didn’t help their cause either as they found themselves down 23 nearing halftime. Candice Dupree scored 17 of her 26 points in the first half. Tarsus recovered in the second half to outrebound Sparta&K, bringing down the rebounding deficit to 12. At times Danielle Robinson, Amaya Valdemoro and Melissa Can got hot in the second half, allowing Tarsus to lose rather respectably to Sparta&K. Dupree finished the game as the top scorer with 26 points. Danielle Robinson had 22 for Tarsus, with 16 coming in the second half. On the other end of the spectrum this was not a good game for DeLisha Milton-Jones who made just 3 of 14 field goals.
Bourges Basket shot themselves in the foot, turning the ball over 19 times as they could not win comfortably against Wisla Can-Pack. Celine Dumerc had 5 TO’s, Stephany Skrba and Zoi Dimitrakou had 4 each. Wisla Can-Pack, being outmatched without Katie Douglas and Tina Charles, played very respectably against this Bourges side. Frida Eldebrink led all scorers with 18 points, Emmeline Ndongue had 15. Dora Horti led Wisla Can-Pack with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
IMOS Brno led for almost full first three quarters on the road against Gyor. They lost the lead early in the fourth on a Zsofia Simon three pointer and never managed to regain it, even though Brno had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation as they managed to erase a 9 point lead and were within 2 points. Farhiya Abdi who was 2/11 in the game, decided to dribble the ball for most of the final 14 seconds only for the ball to get poked out of her hands when she decided to attempt a drive. Brno regained the ball, but it was too late to attempt a shot. Despite making just 1 of 5 from the outside, Australian guard Natalie Hurst was great for the Gyor with 14 points and 10 assists. Chay Shegog was near perfect with 8 from 9 shooting and 7 rebounds in the win. For Brno it was Tereza Peckova who led the way with 21 points (9/13 FG) and Nicole Ohlde with 17, before fouling out before the final possession. If she had not fouled out, Brno would have 3 players that would have played all of the 40 minutes.
Sparta&K Vidnoe – Tarsus 88-81
Sparta&K: Dupree 26, Petrovic 10 (11 reb), Yacoubou 10, Beliakova 10, Hammon 10, Aguilar 9 (Baric 7, Vieru 2)
Tarsus: Robinson 22, Valdemoro 16, Can 16, Milton-Jones 10, Dogan 9 (Jansone 5, Lima 1)
Bourges Basket – Wisla Can-Pack 61-55
Bourges: Eldebrink 18, Ndongue 15, Miyem 10 (Dimitrakou 8, Dumerc 4, Skrba 0)
Wisla: Horti 15, De Mondt 13, Ouvina 10 (Stampalija 7)
HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor – BK IMOS Brno 72-70
Gyor: Shegog 17, Nagy-Bujdoso 15, Hurst 14 (10 as)
Brno: Peckova 21, Ohlde 17, Horakova 15, Abdi 11
A third quarter in which Sopron allowed 3 field goals and outrebounded Arras 10-3 propelled them to their first win of the season. Jelena Milovanovic had a rough game as she was 2/10 from the field in the first three quarters, but she came through in the final quarter making all 3 shots from the game, scoring 7 points, allowing Sopron to preserve their lead. Shenise Johnson fared a bit better, leading the team with 16 points. Dawn Evans scored 6 points in the final frame, but it was enough for Arras to tie the game. She finished the game with a team high 14 points.
Thanks to some impressive rebounding, particularly in the third quarter, Targoviste were this close to win their season opener, only for the mentioned rebounding fail them in the final possesions. Up two, and with the ball, the hosts decided to attack after about 10 seconds had run off the clock, they missed and Schio had the possession with 19 seconds in regulation to tie and win the game. That wasn’t fatal. What was fatal for Targoviste, was taking off Ksenia Tikhonenko of the floor before the final couple of possessions. Up until then she had collected 12 rebounds. Instead a guard Marina Miljkovic was subbed in. She did not help with the rebound that came off of Jennifer Nadalin’s miss and she wasn’t of use when Targoviste’s guards were scrambling to find their opponents on defense, allowing Laura Macchi make an uncontested game winner for Schio. Macchi finished the game with 18 points, Nadalin had 16. Gabriela Marginean had 17 for Targoviste, who had Tikhonenko and Jillian Robbins record double-double’s, each of them having 13 points and 12 boards.
Orenburg’s guards had some major issues with the aggressive Kosice guards on both ends of the floor. Kosice even opened up a 14 point lead as Orenburg’s guards turned the ball over 12 times (13 counting Perovanovic) in the first 12 minutes of the game. That lead was erased at the hands of DeWanna Bonner who scored 11 points in the final 7.5 minutes of the half to give Orenburg the lead. Nadezhda didn’t really stop turning the ball over as they finished the game with 27 turnovers. But a fourth quarter in which they were 7 from 7 from inside the arc carried them to their first win of the season. Ludmila Sapova finished the game with 13 points, 10 rebounds… and 7 turnovers. It really speaks volumes when one is forced to say that this team could really use Kelly Miller, not to even mention Renee Montgomery who both should be joining the team in the coming weeks. After 16 points in the first half, Bonner finished the game with 22. Kosice were led by 3 guards – Allie Quigley, Miljana Bojovic and Riquna Williams – who finished the game in double-digits. Bojovic was the biggest pest of defense, finishing up with 5 steals.
UE Sopron – Arras 56-52
Sopron: Johnson 16, Milovanovic 11 (11 reb), Zavecz 9 (Krnjic 6)
Arras: Evans 14, Gomis 12, Carmona 9 (Ajanovic 8, Bachvarova 0)
Targoviste – Famila Schio 75-76
Targoviste: Marginean 17, Babkina 15, Tikhonenko 13 (12 reb), Robbins 13 (12 reb) (Novosel 6)
Schio: Macchi 18, Nadalin 16, Masciadri 12, Lavender 9, Sottana 9 (McCray 6)
Nadezhda Orenburg – Good Angels Kosice 70-65
Orenburg: Bonner 22, Sapova 13 (10 reb), Danilochkina 11, Perovanovic 11, Zhedik 9 (Tamane 2)
Kosice: Quigley 17, Bojovic 13, Williams 11 (Pierson 8)
Only one of the nine games ended with a double-digit margin. As you could have expected it was in Zagreb who hosted Galatasaray. What was encouraging for Galatasaray was that the local Turkish players made up for most of the score in the first quarter in which Galatasaray basically won the game, ending it 30-10. Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 6 points, Yasemin Saylar also 6, Isil Alben – 5 and Bahar Caglar 4 in the first frame, combining for 21 of the team’s 30 points.
Perfumerias Avenida played some great defense especially on the perimeter to defeat USK Prague at Prague. The Spaniards stifled Prague’s point guards, who combined for 2 of 12 shooting, 3 assists and 8 turnovers, while also limiting Katerina Elhotova to 3/13 shooting and the deadly sharpshooter Eva Viteckova to just one attempt behind the arc. That allowed Avenida’s offense, which wasn’t that much better than Prague’s to win them the first and a very important game against their direct opponents for the third place in Group C.
One of the most exciting games of the round was in Polkowice where the hosts were involved in a high scoring affair with USO Mondeville. The game featured 12 lead changes and was tied 11 times, including at the end of regulation. Polkowice failed to convert on two possesions in the final 45 seconds. Those two and a couple of other unsuccessful possessions in the final stretch were on Spanish PG Laia Palau who looked more intent on getting a whistle, which she didn’t get, than getting off good high percentage shots. Ultimately the game was lost by Valeriya Musina, who missed 2 freethrows with Polkowice being down 2 in the OT with 16 secs remaining. Musina finished the game 1/8 from the field and 2/8 from the line. Her being kept on the floor in this game was stupid to say the least, even despite the reasons she’s there. Either one of the two Polish teenage guards – Dominika Owczarzak and Dorota Mistygacz - could have done a better job than her. If Polkowice aren’t looking for a replacement for Jalcova, it will not be easy for them to even qualify for the playoffs.
Novi Zagreb – Galatasaray 48-79
Zagreb: Mandir 10, Cacic 9, Pavetic 8, Williams 8
Galatasaray: Kimyacioglu 16, Yavas 11, Fowles 10, Wauters 9, Lyttle 9
ZVVZ USK Prague – Perfumerias Avenida 56-62
USK: Vaughn 16 (11 reb), Viteckova 9, Elhotova 8
Avenida: Powell 16, Sulciute 15 (11 reb), Hodges 12, Fernandez 11
CCC Polkowice – USO Mondeville 82-86 OT
CCC: Ogwumike 21, Berezhynska 15, Palau 10, Majewska 9
Mondeville: Coulibaly 21, Lassiter 19, Sharp 16, Kamba 9