Fenerbahce Fight Off Nadezhda


35. Angel McCoughtry (Fenerbahce)
Angel McCoughtry led all scorers with 25 points

Cappie Pondexter kept her cool from the foul line to extend Fenerbahce's unbeaten run at home to 16 games at the expense of winless Nadezhda Orenburg, with a 71-69 success in EuroLeague Women Group B on Wednesday.

Thanks in no small part to a 16-2 run to open the game, Fenerbahce went into the final stanza holding a 55-48 advantage.

But some fluid fast-break basketball allowed the visitors to claw their way back before Pondexter was put on the line at 69-67 with just five seconds remaining.

The American sunk both attempts however, giving the Turkish side a four-point edge and rendering Dewanna Bonner's buzzer beater retort meaningless.

Pondexter's compatriot Angel McCoughtry earlier got the hosts off to a great start, scoring 10 of her game-high 25 points in the opening 10 minutes.

But three-point jump shots from Zoi Dimitrakou and Natalia Zhedik sparked Nadezhda's own 16-2 sequence as the visitors drew level at 18.

The hosts pulled away again to 55-41 as McCoughtry and Isabelle Yacoubou got into the paint but once again the visitors refused to go away and managed to get back within one at 55-54.

Dimitrakou scored seven of her team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter but Pondexter's poise was pivotal.




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