Beretta-Famila Schio survived a tense finish to stay alive in their EuroLeague Women Eighth-Final tie with Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje, winning 66-64.
Having lost the first meeting 65-60, Schio had no margin for error as the game moved into the final two minutes with the scores tied at 60-60 following Janel McCarville's jump-shot.
But McCarville's basket proved to be the start of a 6-0 burst as Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui made a jump-shot and Liron Cohen took advantage of a turnover to make it 64-60 with a lay-up.
Epifaniya Prints drained a three-pointer with 21 seconds left, and when Cohen missed a lay-up, the hosts might have been in trouble.
But Yacoubou-Dehoui came up with the rebound and made a jump-shot to push the advantage back to three.
Taj McWilliams went to the line for Sparta&K with four seconds left, making the first then deliberately missing the second, but Yacoubou-Dehoui came up with another crucial rebound as Beretta hung on.
Yacoubou-Dehoui led Beretta with 19 points and eight rebounds - none more important than the final two.
Laura Macchi added 12, McCarville 11 and Raffaella Masciadri 10.
The visitors wasted 26 points from Prints, while McWilliams had 11 and seven rebounds.
Beretta-Famila Schio coach, Sandro Orlando:
"We had more ‘fire' tonight. Just like in Moscow, this match was decided in the last few minutes. I'm sure that we have a chance in Moscow [to qualify] and we'll give our best."
Beretta-Famila Schio player, Liron Cohen:
"We played a great match. We gave our 101 per cent thanks to our supporters. One step is done, in Moscow we'll do everything we can to continue our adventure in EuroLeague."
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje coach, Pokey Chatman:
"We knew we had a tough match here in Schio: I came here two years ago and, even it wasn't a playoff match, the atmosphere really hot, just like tonight. In Moscow we'll give our best, no one wants to go out so early in EuroLeague".
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje player, Taj McWilliams:
"It's always a great emotion coming back to Schio, altough the score tonight was not good for us. Both are great teams, both want to go far in EuroLeague. It will be a fight in Moscow."