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Group:  D | 21.11.2007, 18:00h
Group:  D | 21.11.2007, 18:00h
80-86
24 - 1319 - 3019 - 2618 - 17
24 - 1319 - 3019 - 2618 - 17
Venue: Vilnius (LTU) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Kati Nynäs (FIN), Elena Chernova (RUS), Ingus Baumanis (LAT)

GAME REPORT


Eric Leads Faenza To Victory

Germano Zama Faenza finally picked up their first victory in the EuroLeague Women, winning on the road 86-80 at TEO Vilnius in Group D action.

Marija Eric knocked down five three-pointers on her way to 22 points and Daliborka Jokic added 16 points for Paolo Rossi's Italians, who improved to 1-2 in the group. Simona Ballardini chipped in 14 points and Marlous Nieuwveen collected eight points and 16 rebounds for the winners.

Vilnius dropped to 1-2 in Group D despite 21 points from Lithuanian national team star Sandra Valuzyte while Belarus international Yelena Leuchanka and Nykesha Sales each tallied 17 points.

Algirdas Paulauskas's team was held to 40% shooting by Faenza, who were able to overcome committing 22 turnovers, mainly because they drained 9-of-22 three-pointers (41%).

The hosts jumped ahead 8-2 and Eric's three-pointer trimmed the lead to 14-11, but long-balls from Lithuanian international Rima Valentiene and Valuzyte completed a 10-2 run for Vilnius's 24-13 advantage after one quarter.

Eric started the second period with a three-pointer, sparking a 16-2 surge which gave the Italians the lead 29-26 on another Eric three-ball. Valuzyte answered right back with a three-pointer to tie the game.

The contest went back and forth the rest of the half with seven lead changes and Adrijana Knezevic's three-pointer at the buzzer evened the game 43-43 at the break.

Neither side could grab a clear advantage of the game and there were another eight lead changes before Faenza went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of the third to lead 69-62 going into the fourth.

Jokic's lay-up made it 71-62 before Sales knocked down a long ball to start a 18-7 surge to pull ahead 80-78 with just over two minutes left.

But Paulauskas's team came up empty on their final six possessions and Ballardini knocked down a three-pointer to give the Italians back the lead.

And Jokic and Eric added baskets of their own in the 1:20 for the victory.

Accumulated statistics

40.0%

26/65
FG
M/A

48.5%

33/68

44.9%

22/49
FG2P
M/A

52.2%

24/46

25.0%

4/16
FG3P
M/A

40.9%

9/22

82.8%

24/29
FT
M/A

73.3%

11/15

37

16/21
RT
RO/RD

42

17/25

9

AS

6

15

TO

22

14

ST

8

1

BS

1

18

PF

26

80

Pts

86

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