Chevakata March Into Last Four



Chevakata won convincingly over Arras on Wednesday to book a spot in the EuroCup Women Semi-Finals.

Svetlana Makhlina led the scoring parade with 17 points as the Russian team prevailed in the second leg of the Quarter-Final tie, 71-56.

Chevakata won by 24 points on aggregate.

Arras had reached the EuroCup Women Final last year but lost to Elitzur Ramla.

They needed a strong start at Chevakata to have a chance of overhauling the first-leg deficit.

Late in the first half, the visitors from France went on top 28-25 after four straight points by Alexandra Tchangoue.

Loree Moore and Makhlina didn't allow Arras to build any confidence, however, as they answered with back-to-back three-pointers to put Chevakata in front, 31-28.

Arras stayed within striking distance and only trailed 52-48 after Tchangoue made a pair of free throws at the end of the third quarter.

Chevata went on a 12-0 run at the beginning of the final period to put the result beyond doubt.

Katerina Keyru and Maria Cherepanova each hit shots from the arc and Olga Malashenko had a pair of jump shots before Elena Baranova capped the run with a basket for a 64-48 second-leg lead with 6:23 to go.

The Russians then coasted to victory.

Arras were led by their Russia, Nadezda Grishaeva, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds.


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