|12 January 2012|
|Nothing goes to waste - Mondeville's Naignouma Coulibaly grabbed 19 rebounds |
USO Mondeville have the upper hand in their tie with Botas after winning the first leg of their EuroCup Women Eighth-Final tie in France.
Katerina Zohnová had 15 points and K.D. Sharp added 13 along with six assists as Mondeville prevailed 69-58.
Botas let a golden opportunity slip because they were in front for much of the game.
When Courtney Paris split a pair of free-throws early in the fourth quarter, the visitors were on top 52-47 but Mondeville came back.
A Zohnová three-pointer closed the gap to 52-51 and Naignouma Coulibaly, who had an eye-popping 19 rebounds to go with her eight points, followed with back-to-back jumpers to put the French team in front to stay.
One of the most important sequences of the contest came in the last 45 seconds.
French point guard Ingrid Tanqueray caught fire, making a jumper and then drilling two three-balls for the 11-point triumph.
Tanqueray finished with 10 points.
Touty Gandega, 20, weighed in with 11 points for Mondeville.
For Botas, Monica Wright had 23 points but turned the ball over 10 times.
It was a sloppy display overall by Botas because they had 21 turnovers as a team.
Paris finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Another Turkish side in action, Besiktas, fell 69-60 at Gran Canaria.
Spain's Astou Ndour, a 17-year-old center who played at last year's U18 European Championship Women and the U19 World Championship, dominated with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Dandra Moss weighed in with 17 points and Lisa Lee contributed 14.
Besiktas had trailed by 14 but cut the deficit to just three early in the fourth quarter.
The game remained tight and when Ilona Korstin buried a jumper, Gran Canaria led only 63-59 with 3:35 to play.
The Spanish club called a timeout and when play resumed, they reclaimed the initiative and finished the contest on a 6-1 run.
Gran Canaria will now go to Istanbul with a nine-point advantage in the tie.
MBK Ruzomberok let slip a double-digit lead but still beat Optimum Ted Ankara in the first leg of their tie in Slovakia.
The hosts were on top 61-43 with less than six minutes to play but ended up winning, 71-65.
Katarina Tetemondová finished 10 points and 13 rebounds for Ruzomberok while Turkey international Gulsah Akkaya had her personal best in the EuroCup this season of 21 points.
Dynamo Kursk have one foot in the Quarter-Finals after rolling to an 82-55 triumph at Horizont in Belarus.
The visitors stormed into a 25-16 lead by the end of the opening quarter and after taking a 42-35 advantage to the break, they blew the home side away by outscoring Horizont 22-6 in the third period.
Ekaterina Lisina led a balanced attack for Kursk with 16 points.
Aleksandra Khomenchuk had 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Elitzur Ramla's title defence is in serious doubt after they fell 79-69 at Kayseri Kaskispor in Turkey.
Lotoya Sanders poured in 24 points for the winners while Ana Turcinovic, the young Montenegro international, had 17 points and eight rebounds for Ramla.
Turcinovic played at the EuroBasket Women last year as a 17-year-old for Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic.