Torrens, Lyttle Take Galatasaray To F8

22 February 2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

20. Sancho Lyttle (Galatasaray)
Sancho Lyttle was unstoppable for Galatasaray in Prague
Spanish national team duo Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle proved too hot to handle for ZVVZ USK Prague as Galatasaray returned from the Czech capital with a convincing 78-63 victory and a ticket for the Final Eight.

Torrens, who has spent much of the last year injured on the sidelines, showed she is slowly getting back to her brilliant best with 20 points, whilst Lyttle had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

After a nail-biting duel in Istanbul, this contest saw Gala produce a late surge to pull away in the final quarter and take a much more comfortable win than their narrow one point success from the first game of the series.

It has actually been the home side who started more brightly, Anna De Forge handing them an early 19-11 lead - only for Gala to the end the first quarter with six points without reply.

The hosts then endured a real problem scoring in the second period as the defence which has served Gala so well all season came back into evidence, holding Prague to a measly eight points.

That helped the visitors move 30-27 in front, although notably they couldn't find a basket in almost four minutes at the end of the first-half.

Gala held onto their lead in the third quarter at 49-44 and the gap was still five points when the impressive Kia Vaughn scored for Prague with six minutes left on the game clock.

But, the hosts were then killed off by a 22-12 run to finish the game by Gala who had Isil Alben dish up seven assists.

Vaughn had 20 points and eight rebounds in defeat.

 


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