The first contest between Ros Casares and Bourges in Group D of EuroLeague Women was a blowout won by the Spanish in Valencia back on November 2. No two games are alike, though, as Bourges proved on Wednesday night by coming out on the winning side this time.
Pierre Vincent's team prevailed 58-55 with Endene Miyem hitting a go-ahead jump shot just 1:14 from the end.
Miyem ended up with 14 points to lead the French side in the victory.
Ros later had a chance to pull level after Catherine Joens missed the first of two free-throws with seven seconds to play.
Trailing by three, Rebbekah Brunson and Edwige Lawson-Wade missed potential game-tying shots from the arc as Bourges held on to join Ros at the top of the standings at 5-2.
There could be a three-way tie for first by the end of Thursday night because Beretta-Famila Schio are 4-2 going into their game against Gorzow.
Ros had a 22-11 lead early in the game but weren't able to press home the advantage.
They were led by Lawson-Wade and Brunson, with each scoring 15 points.
Bourges also got 10 points and six rebounds from Jennifer Digbeu and eight points and six boards from Ilona Burgrová.
Jordi Fernandez, Ros Casares coach:
"We knew the game would be very difficult. Bourges were more aggressive and found the solutions to be efficient in the end."
Laia Palau, Ros Casares player:
"The mentality of Bourges has helped them win the game. They were able to find solutions."
Pierre Vincent, Bourges coach:
"It took some time before we finally got into the game but then succeeded into putting in place a good strategy to contain Valencia and particularly Palau. We adjusted our plans many a time during the game to find the best solutions to win the match."
Anael Lardy, Bourges player:
"All of us wanted to play a better game and we got ourselves under pressure to correct all the mistakes w were making. This match is a good lesson learnt for the future ones."