Nevriye Yilmaz, Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi teamed up to become an unstoppable force and lead Fenerbahce to a 91-82 win over Rivas Ecopolis in their EuroLeague Women opener.
|Penny Taylor was red hot for Fenerbahce with 27 points and 7 rebounds|
The trio combined for 77 of Fener's 91 points, with Taylor scoring 27, Yilmaz 26 and Taurasi 24. Yilmaz also added 10 rebounds.
Even so, the hosts did their best to stay in touch, and it was still a two-possession game with Amaya Valdermoro's three-pointer cutting the gap to 86-80 with two and half minutes to go.
But Taylor was then fouled making a jump-shot and made it 89-80 from the line.
Valdermoro missed a jump-shot and turned the ball over as Rivas' hopes of a late rally disappeared.
Rivas had started much the stronger, enjoying a 30-18 lead early in the second quarter, but Fener then rallied, and Taylor's three-pointer cut the gap to three, 39-36, late in the half.
They quickly took the lead at the start of the third quarter but the game could still have gone either way as the visitors held only a narrow advantage, 69-66, at the start of the final period.
Spanish star Valderomo led Rivas with 21 points while Courtney Paris and Dewanna Bonner had 16 points and 12 rebounds each.