|Edwige Lawson handed out 7 assists and scored 13 points herself in a tight overtime win over Gospic|
Lattes Montpellier had to go to overtime but finally saw off the challenge of Gospic Croatia in France on Wednesday night.
In the EuroLeague Women Group C encounter, the French team prevailed to improve to 6-6 and strengthen their grip on fifth place.
If they finish the group in that position, Lattes Montpellier will progress to Round 2.
Gospic Croatia almost stole victory, however.
Julie McBride scored the last seven points of regulation for Gospic to tie the contest at 74-74 but missed a potential game-winner at the death.
The hosts then recovered in the extra period, with Fatimatou Sacko scoring the first points and shooting guard Gaelle Skrela following with two free-throws for a 78-74 lead.
Marija Vrsaljko replied with a jump shot for Gospic, but Sacko scored again with a fast-break jumper and Edwige Lawson then drove a nail in the Gospic coffin with a three-pointer for an 83-76 Montpellier advantage.
McBride gave the visitors hope with a lay-up on the fast break but Kristen Mann answered for BLMA to stretch the advantage back to seven.
Sandra Mandir again fueled hopes in the Gospic ranks with a three-ball to cut the hosts' advantage to 85-81.
Mann and Lawson ended the scoring, however, with jump shots for BLMA as they improved to 6-6.
With the defeat, Gospic slumped to 4-8.
BLMA head coach Valery Demory
"It was a difficult match, we had to play our smaller players to counter the opposition. We stayed in the match despite our difficulties. It's better for the morale to win matches like that rather than to end up losing."
Gospic CO head coach Stipe Bralic
"We played a good game, we played intelligently. We are used to playing on a bigger court and that hindered us. We hoped to finish in the top five but without a WNBA player we are at a disadvantage compared with the other teams."
BLMA player Gaelle Skrela
"We knew it would be a difficult game, they are not an easy team to play against, with a style of play very different to French teams. In overtime we managed to launch some counter-attacks which proved decisive."
Gospic player Kalisha Keane
"We're disappointed. It was an end-to-end game but in overtime the BLMA playmaker took over the game and that made the difference in the end."