US Valenciennes played hard in their opening game of the EuroLeague Women Eighth Finals, but not hard enough against Ros Casares.
That was the point the French team's coach, Hervé Coudray, tried to make after the game.
USVO, former champions of the competition, have to leave everything on the floor by game's end and that
wasn't the case in their 70-44 defeat in Valencia.
|Endene Miyem led Bourges with 14 points in their win over MKB Euroleasing. |
"In Valenciennes I hope the game will be different," Coudray said.
"We, at home, with our fans, we will try to play a different way, trying to give a more intense and hard game.
"No-one has lost a game before playing it and we will not renounce to leveling the tie."
Ros have not lost a game in the EuroLeague Women all season and they were never under serious threat against USVO.
In the second half, especially, the Valencia outfit's defense suffocated the French club.
Manolo Real, the coach of the Spanish team, said: "The key to winning was our defense that was spectacular
"When the individual effort plays for the collective, things work better."
He is looking no further than Game Two, though.
"The victory is important," he said, "but we've only won half of the tie."
Bourges, meanwhile, were just happy to get a win in their opening game against MKB Euroleasing.
The French side ended up prevailing 69-47.
Ana Cata-Chitiga of Bourges said :"It was a really difficult game, against a very aggressive team. We didn't know how to reply at the beginning of the game then we started to grasp the situation.
"At the end of the game, they relaxed a little bit considering the gap and we were able to play better."
Endene Miyem, who led Bourges with 14 points, was content.
"I am satisfied that we won the first game," she said.
"It was a difficult game but we played serious basketball. They were physical but we played at home and that helped us. Now we must win in order to qualify for the next round after two games."
The second games of the Eighth Finals will be on Friday.