Cancel
26.03.2015, 20:30h
26.03.2015, 20:30h
53-73
11 - 2120 - 155 - 2017 - 17
11 - 2120 - 155 - 2017 - 17
Venue: Charleroi (BEL) |
Spectators: 6500 |
Referees: Ilona Kucerova (CZE), Asa Jernmo (SWE), Vasiliki Tsaroucha (GRE)

GAME REPORT


Villeneuve d'Ascq Claim Historic Title

5. Virginie Brémont (ESBVA-LM)
Virginie Brémont chipped in with an all-action eight points, eight rebounds and six assists for the winners

Villeneuve d'Ascq spoiled the party at the Spiroudome in Charleroi after sinking home side Castors Braine 73-53 to record a historic moment by being crowned EuroCup Women winners for the first time.

The French side posted a devastating 20-5 third quarter as the wheels came crashing off in spectacular side for Castors Braine - much to the anguish of over 6,000 home fans.

Trailing by four points from the first leg, the superior experience and physicality of the visiting team proved too much for Braine - as Villeneuve d'Ascq made the handful of triples needed to push on to victory.

The visitors had certainly started brightly and raced into a 21-11 lead after a three-pointer by Johanne Gomis, but it was their choking match-up defence and ten free throws which provided the platform for their early advantage.

Celeste Trahan was the main source of joy for Braine and she helped keep her team in touch, prior to the game witnessing a flashpoint between Belgian duo Marjorie Carpreaux and Ann Wauters.

Trailing by eleven points, it fuelled the home side and Carpreaux in particular, as they subsequently scored eleven in a row to level matters, with the guard then serving up an exquisite assist for Trahan to give Braine the lead on the night.

But Wauters returned to a barrage of boos to help Villeneuve d'Ascq edge back ahead 36-31 at the interval.

It was a sign of things to come as the visitors re-emerged from the locker rooms to impose themselves with a thunderous third quarter, which was mainly down to a staggering 18 unanswered points which blew Braine away.

Having struggled from downtown in the first contest, Virginie Bremont and then Gomis dropped back-to-back triples and that put Villeneuve firmly on the road to victory.

Led by Trahan who eventually corralled 21 points and 12 boards, Castors Braine did show brief signs of a recovery in the last quarter as they desperately tried to spark a renaissance, but the damage had been too severe.

Villeneuve d'Ascq continued to make the shots they needed to win after a brief wobble and ended up coasting to a historic first EuroCup Women title amidst scenes of joy from their 500-strong travelling support.

Megan Mahoney led the way with 17 points, while Wauters twisted the knife with a 13 point and 10 rebound double-double.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Castors Braine vs. ESBVA-LM

Ann Wauters, ESBVA-LM
"The key of the game was our attitude and our defence. We were surprised by Braine during the first leg, but not again today. We were this time ready to fight. Especially for myself also. As captain, I could not help my team at home. I'm very happy that we played better, more aggressively. We played better on defence and we found more easy solutions on offence. I know that it will be very special for me, here as a Belgian player, but I'm playing for a French team. I understand the reaction of the Belgian supporters. But I'm very happy tonight."

 

Fred Dusart, ESBVA-LM Head Coach
"It is really hard to realise what we have done. Our goal was to control the emotions of the final, the pressure of the crowd and this last game of the European season. We played very good on defence. We have worked on more than one defence and I let the players choose which one to use today. My role was to explain again and again what our game plan was. The difference was made clearly in the third quarter. Braine could only score six points. Our goal was to limit Braine to under 60 points to be able to win. We have done it!"

 

Marjorie Carpréaux, Castors Braine
"We were not able to find a solution against their strong defence tonight. We are very disappointed. There were too many little things that we could not do to perfection. Too much to really hope to win against this very good team of Villeneuve. Our coach asked us some things. But we don't respect that. Now, it's difficult, but we know that our European campaign was unbelievable. What we have done is incredible. We are the runners-up. It's a very big performance for us."

 

Ainars Zvirgsdins, Castors Braine Head Coach
"We won all games and lost just twice - in my opinion it is a great result for the Braine team. It is good experience for the future - for next season. It is always very hard to play the first season at such a level. The players today were stressed and that was the reason why we played so bad. It was great to have so many supporters today but for such a young team it is difficult to cope with such pressure."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

35.1%

20/57
FG
M/A

47.2%

25/53

42.9%

18/42
FG2P
M/A

48.8%

20/41

13.3%

2/15
FG3P
M/A

41.7%

5/12

50.0%

11/22
FT
M/A

85.7%

18/21

27

9/18
RT
RO/RD

44

10/34

8

AS

15

13

TO

17

5

ST

8

0

BS

1

25

PF

26

53

Pts

73

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