Athinaikos, Mann Filter Finish Level In First Leg

EuroCup Women

Forty minutes have been played and it's all square between Mann Filter Zaragoza and Sony Athinaikos in the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals.

Allison Feaster-Strong led a balanced Zaragoza scoring attack with 13 points and also had a game-high five steals as the teams finished the first leg knotted at 53-53.

In a game that was tight from the start, Mann Filter got their biggest lead at 49-44 with 4:28 remaining on a jump shot by Cristina Ouvina.

They weren't able to press home the advantage, though.

Aikaterina Sotiriou drilled a three-ball and following a basket by Aneika Henry for Zaragoza, Dimitra Kalentzou nailed a jumper.

Kalentzou ended up giving Athinaikos a 53-51 lead with 26 seconds to go, but Henry, who had eight points, struck again for the final score in the leg.

Kalentzou, the starting point guard for Greece's national team, had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Athinaikos, the defending champions.

Sotiriou weighed in with 14 points, six boards and four steals.

Also for Athinaikos, Ruth Riley added eight points and eight rebounds while Montenegro international Ana Baletic, who just signed with the club, played just over 11 minutes and contributed seven points.

Athinaikos had 24 turnovers in the game.

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