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Group:  C | 08.12.2010, 19:30h
Group:  C | 08.12.2010, 19:30h
85-83
19 - 1720 - 2319 - 1819 - 198 - 6
19 - 1720 - 2319 - 1819 - 198 - 6
Venue: Istanbul (TUR) |
Spectators: 750 |
Referees: Boris Gabara (SVK), Milan Mazic (SRB), Tomislav Vovk (CRO)

GAME REPORT


Galatasaray Edge Sparta&K In OT Thriller

Galatasaray put in their most impressive display of the season to win at home against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.In dire need of a victory to spark their season into life, Gala won 85-83 in overtime and are now 3-4 in Group C.

Sparta&K (4-3) blew a chance to leapfrog Halcon Avenida into first place.

VICI Aistes, who upset Sparta&K in Week 2, surprised Avenida in Kaunas on Wednesday night to leave the Spanish side 5-2.

Galatasaray haven't been consistent this season but when Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus are on their games, they'll have a chance to beat any opponent and such was the case against Sparta&K.

Fowles had 20 points and 12 rebounds while August finished with 18 points and six boards.

Another player that made a huge difference for Galatasaray was Donneka Hodges.

The 28-year-old shooting guard went into the contest averaging 6.6 points per game but scored 20 against Sparta&K.

With 1:43 to go in regulation, Jelena Milovanovic hit a jump shot to give Sparta&K a 77-75 lead.

However, Galatasaray went to the other end and pulled even on a jumper from Melisa Can.

Both sides spurned opportunities to go in front and the clash went to overtime.

Irina Osipova gave Sparta&K an 80-79 advantage with 2:05 to go in the extra period only for Bahar Caglar to draw a foul and earn a trip to the line where she sank both to put Gala back in front.

With 1:15 to go, Fowles made the first of two free-throws for an 82-80 lead but missed the second.

Sparta&K failed to box out Augustus, who grabbed the offensive rebound but then missed a jump shot.

Noelle Quinn was off target for Sparta&K and Fowles, who played for the Vidnoje team the previous two years, buried a jump shot for a four-point lead.

Lauren Jackson gave Sparta&K a late lifeline with an impossible three-ball, taking her points haul to a game-high 23.

After a Galatasaray timeout, Hodges sank one of two free-throws and then Caglar came up with a steal to preserve the victory.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Galatasaray Medical Park vs. Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje

Ceyhun Yıldızoğlu, Galatasaray Medical Park coach:
“First of all I would like to congratulate Sparta&K. The fans watched a great game tonight. As you know we didn’t make a good job till now but tonight we gave our hundred percent to win and did our best. We were really good in defence and in offense. When we fight, when we run, we can also beat Halcon Avenida, ZVVZ USK Prague, VICI Aistes Kaunas or any other teams in the EuroLeague Women. This is a big win for us. I’m sure that we will be better after tonight.”

Işıl Alben, Galatasaray Medical Park guard:
“I want to congratulate our opponents for a great basketball night. We talked about winning throughout the week. And at the end of day we are extremely happy to win. I have said that we can win all the games in our home. I believe we proved that tonight.”

Pokey Chatman,  Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje coach:
“We knew that this game would be tough. We had breakdowns on defence tonight but they also had some players who made the big shots in the final minutes. My former players Sylvia [Fowles] and Seimone [Augustus] didn’t have a good game in Moscow but I think they are the leaders of this team. We knew that they can come up and lead their team. Sylvia did a good job on points, rebounds and blocks with her limited minutes. And Seimone is one of the top players in the world. She understands the game. She understands how to win the game.”

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje guard:
“We knew that this game would be hard. The coach told us the facts. It wouldn’t be the same game like in Moscow. Hodges scored a lot of points tonight. We knew that she can score but we didn’t expect that performance. We did some small mistakes in the final minutes. And we lost.”

Accumulated statistics

41.7%

30/72
FG
M/A

43.2%

32/74

45.8%

27/59
FG2P
M/A

43.6%

24/55

23.1%

3/13
FG3P
M/A

42.1%

8/19

78.6%

22/28
FT
M/A

68.8%

11/16

44

12/32
RT
RO/RD

40

11/29

11

AS

12

10

TO

13

8

ST

4

5

BS

5

18

PF

22

85

Pts

83

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