Vologda-Chevakata were up 19 points at the half as they cruised past the Danish squad SISU. Yuliya Kiseleva with 17 points led 4 other Chevakata players in double digits, including Jasmine Thomas with 16 and Glory Johnson with 14.
Satu Mare managed to make their game against the group favorites Montpellier very interesting in the third quarter in which they erased a 10 point deficit in 4 minutes. That lasted for about 6 minutes as Montpellier opened the fourth quarter by a 10 point run of their own to secure the win. Not the start BLMA would have expected to their ECW campaign. Fatimatou Sacko finished the game with 30 points and 10 boards as she had no match inside.
Vologda-Chevakata – SISU 88-63
Chevakata: Kiseleva 17, Thomas 16, Johnson 14, Logunova 13, Snytsina 10
SISU: Tryggedsson 19, Blands 15 (10 reb), Malone 12 (10 reb), Soltau 9
Satu Mare – Lattes Montpellier 67-77
Mare: Whittington 14, Parau 12, Szlimak 10, Freeman 10
Montpellier: Sacko 30 (10 reb), Lelas 20, Robert 13
TED Ankara managed to be respectable against Hainaut Basket for one half. The other one they lost 17-43. At home. Ankara did not have Marcedes Walker at their disposal in this one. Anna Dabovic scored 17 of her 22 in the first half. Romina Ciappina finished the game with 20 points, Stefany Murphy had 14 points and 12 boards, Laura Garcia and Vera Perostyska had 12 points each.
Lien Lentacker three pointer in the final minute of overtime gave Lotto Young Cats their first win of the ECW. Maryia Rashchenia missed a potential winner for Olimpia at the buzzer. That was her only shot attempt in the game. Lentacker displayed her nerves near the end of regulation when she made all three free throws to tie the game. Jasmina Rosseel led all Belgian team’s players with 21 points, 18 year old Antonia Delaere had 18. Lybov Alyoshkina had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Olimpia with 18 year old Maria Papova added 20 points and 11 rebounds of her own.
TED Ankara – Hainaut Basket 51-82
Ankara: Dabovic 22, Firat 11, Murat 7
Hainaut: Ciappina 20, Murphy 14 (12 reb), Garcia 12, Perostyska 12, Houts 10
Olimpia Grodno – Lotto Young Cats 74-75 OT
Olimpia: Alyoshkina 23 (12 reb), Papova 20 (11 reb), Shchypakina 17
Cats: Rosseel 21, Delaere 17, Hendrickx 11 (10 reb), Vanloo 10
Playing without three of their potential leaders (Zellous, Larkins, Zakulzhnaya) was an uphill battle for Mersin. They were still extremely competitive in that game, despite not leading for a single second. In fourth quarter they even cut the lead down to 1, to which Tarbes responded with a 19-8 run to close out the game. Angelica Robinson led the way for Tarbes with 18 points, Jovana Rad had 16. Brittish forward Chantelle Handy led Mersin with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
A 9 minute span in which Belfius Namur were outscored 16-1 by Spartak Noginsk was all it took for the Russian side to secure their win. Anna Tolikova recorded double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian forward Adrijana Vasovic led Namur with 13 points.
Mersin – Tarbes GB 68-80
Mersin: Handy 16 (10 reb), Erdogan 16, Ozturk 15, Aydin 14
Tarbes: Robinson 18, Rad 16, Ervin 11, Salagnac 10 (Ocete 2)
Spartak Noginsk – Belfius Namur 63-43
Noginsk: Tolikova 17 (12 reb), Chistyakova 16, Ivanova 14
Namur: Vasovic 13, Wojta 12, Dubuc 6
Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk won each quarter by 7 or more points as they routed Belgian club Sint-Katelijne-Waver. Natalia Myasoedova had 24 points which was the second highest score of the round. 21 year old Anastasia Shilova added 16, most of those coming from a 4 of 5 shooting behind the arc.
Nantes Reze held a 30 point lead in the third quarter, which they allowed to dwindle to 13 by the end of the game. Isis Arrondo led Nantes with 15 points, Anne Breitreiner had 16 for Wasserburg.
Dynamo-GUVD – Sint-Katelijne-Waver 91-57
Dynamo: Myasoedova 24, Shilova 16, Turner 11, Khrustaleva 9
Waver: Ben Abdelkader 16, Leemans 16, Goyvaers 8
TSV Wasserburg – Nantes Reze 68-81
Wasserburg: Breitreiner 16, Barnert 12, Thoresen 12, Fikiel 10
Nantes: Arrondo 15, Ngoyisa 14, Mircheva 13, Basko-Melnbarde 13
Evina Maltsi’s 29 points weren’t enough for Kayseri to win on the road against Horizont Minsk. Horizont shot 50%, outrebounded Kayseri by 9 rebounds (mind you that Kayseri had 2 Americans inside – Nicky Anosike and LaToya Sanders) to offset their 26 turnovers (Kayseri had 16). Tatsiana Likhtarovich led Minsk with 20 points. 23 year old Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk picked up massive 17 rebounds to go with her 13 points. This was arguably the biggest surprise of the last two days in both ELW and ECW.
Horizont Minsk – Kayseri KASKI 78-73
Horizont: Likhtarovich 20, Alikina 18, Anufryenka 17, Khomenchuk 13 (17 reb)
Kayseri: Maltsi 29, Anosike 14, Sanders 14 (Martinez 8)
Dynamo Kursk held Courtney Paris to just 3 second half points to claim their first win as they started their title defense. Paris scored 14 of her 17 in the first half. Kursk was led by 15 points apiece from Natalia Vodopyanova and Temeka Johnson.
Dynamo Kursk – Botas 79-64
Kursk: Vodopyanova 15, Johnson 15, Bimbaite 10, Cherepanova 10, Murphy 9 (Lawless 8, Snow DNP)
Botas: Paris 17, Cigil 11, Emirtekin 8 (Ristic 7, Chaney 7, Thomas 4)
Unlike last season, Partizan Galenika held on to their lead against Landes at home, to claim a 20 point win. Darina Butulija led Partizan with 15 points, Marina Mandic added 13. 18 year old Valeriane Ayayi was the only Landes player to score in double digits with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting.
Dynamo Moscow displayed their favorite’s status in ECW by demolishing VS Prague. Forward Tatiana Vidmer led all scorers with 17 points.
Partizan Galenika – Basket Landes 77-57
Partizan: Butulija 15, Mandic 13, Dabovic 12, Radocaj 10
Landes: Ayayi 15, Le Glujer 9, Stepanova 8, Humphrey 8
Dynamo Moscow – VS Prague 83-40
Moscow: Vidmer 17, Harper 11, Abrikosova 9 (Aleksic 8, Korstin 8, Grishaeva 8)
VS: Reisingerova 14, Elhotova 11, Pudlakova 6
The core of Kaunas VICI Aistes proved that they will be competitive in EuroCup Women with a win on the road against Ruzomberok, a tough place to play in for opponents. Despite that the Vilnius team held a 13 point lead in the final quarter. Ruzomberok cut the lead to 3, but a win was out of their reach. Kristina Vengryte 14 points for Kibirkstis, Sequoia Holmes had 14 for Ruzomberok.
Two 7-0 runs by Antakya proved key in their win against Elitzur Ramla. The first one erased most of a 11 point deficit in the first quarter and the second one gave them a 6 point lead which they would not give up. Shekinna Stricklen led Antakya with 20 points. Jana Vesela had 15 points on a 7 of 11 shooting night. Still a teenager, Ana Turcinovic had 19 points (9/12 FG) and 10 rebounds for Ramla.
MBK Ruzomberok – Kibirkstis-VICI-IKI 54-59
Ruzomberok: Holmes 14, Tetemondova 12, Parker 10
Kibirkstis: Vengryte 14, Alminaite 10, Pikciute 8
Homend Antakya – Elitzur Ramla 69-63
Antakya: Stricklen 20, Anderson 16, Vesela 15 (Dacic 4)
Ramla: Turcinovic 19 (10 reb), Doron 14, Quinn 12, Lacy 9