Torun, Arras Land Blows

29.11.2010

EuroCup Women

5. Leilani Mitchell (Arras)
Leilani Mitchell of Arras, who beat EuroLeague Women side Mondeville on the road

EuroLeague Women clubs play in the elite club competition, but that doesn't provide any guarantees when they return to the domestic battles.

A couple of EuroCup Women sides knocked off EuroLeague outfits over the weekend.

Energa Torun bounced back from their midweek EuroCup defeat at Mann Filter Zaragoza in Spain by overcoming EuroLeague side Gorzow, 74-67.

Emilia Tlumak had 20 points for Torun, who hosted the game.

Arras clinched an impressive road win in France's Ligue Feminine de Basketball.

After winning at home against Reyer Venezia in midweek, Arras rolled to an 82-69 triumph on the road at EuroLeague Women outfit USO Mondeville.

Latvia international Aija Putnina and Pauline Akonga Nsimbo each poured in 18 points and France national team guard Johanne Gomis contributed 15 in the victory.

Fellow EuroCup Women sides ESB Lille Metropole and Nantes Reze suffered defeats in France.

ESB Lille Metropole got 11 points from Carla Thomas and 10 apiece from Julie Page an Olayinka Sanni in a 64-54 home defeat to Bourges, the undefeated leaders of the French league.

Nantes Reze were blown away in their encounter with Tarbes, another EuroLeague Women side.

The home team trailed 14-12 after the opening quarter but then outscored Reze 34-19 over the next two frames to take command.

They lowered the boom in the last frame, pouring in 24 points while allowing the visitors just nine.

Laurent Buffard's team got 16 points in defeat from Emilija Podrug.

Nantes Reze and Arras are each 4-3 while ESB Lille Metropole are 2-6.

Kursk Edge Dynamo GUVD

Dynamo Kursk squared off against Dynamo GUVD in Russia in a battle of EuroCup Women sides and the former won 60-58.

Having only narrowly won at Jolly JBS Euroline in midweek, 55-52, Kursk hit the road in Russia and prevailed against GUVD with Anastasia Bocharova's 19 points and five rebounds leading the way.

The hosts, who are coached by Russia's national team boss Boris Sokolovskiy, lost despite out-rebounding Kursk 44-37.

No Greek Drama

Sony Athinaikos cruised to a fifth consecutive victory in Greece with a 63-51 triumph over FEA NF/NH.

Fresh off their 41-point blowout of Esperides, Athinaikos, the defending EuroCup Women champions, raced into an 18-4 lead at FEA NF/NH and never looked back.

Aikaterina Sotiriou finished with 17 points for the winners.

Wins For Gran Canaria, Mann Filter

In Spain, EuroCup Women club Gran Canaria prevailed 72-53 over Extragusa.

The Canary Islands outfit, which had lost to Mann Filter Zaragoza in its previous domestic game, bounced back in midweek with a big victory over Szeviép.

Mann Filter also won the domestic front, edging Ibiza on the road, 60-57.

Mann Filter had gone into that game on the back of a convincing 18-point home success against Energa Torun.


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