Fener Down UMMC To Stay Perfect


EuroLeague Women

Fenerbahce completed their unbeaten march through Group B in EuroLeague Women by dispatching UMMC Ekaterinburg 82-75.

Ivana Matovic (Fenerbahce)
Ivana Matovic had 24 points for Fenerbahce
Angel McCoughtry had 26 points and Ivana Matovic 24 as the hosts overcame their Russian visitors in this high-powered battle of the top two teams in the group.

Fener began to pull clear early in the second half, when a 6-0 run turned a 48-47 deficit into a small lead.

Candace Parker responded for UMMC with a pair of free throws, but Matovic's jump-shot sparked a 9-2 run again for Fener as they built a double-digit edge.

UMMC would rally in the fourth quarter, with Cappie Pondexter's three-pointer cutting the gap to five, 77-72, but baskets from Matovic and McCoughtry quickly lifted Fener clear again.

Nevriye Yilmaz scored 14 points for Fener, while the American pair of Parker and Pondexter led UMMC with 18 points each.

Maria Stepanova and Agnieszka Bibrzycka also scored in double figures for the Russians with 12 points each.

Fener were playing for the first time without Australian star Penny Taylor, who has chosen to leave the team in the wake of Diana Taurasi's positive drugs test and resulting ban.


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