Bourges struggled with their shooting in the early going, and Ruzomberok took advantage, grabbing the lead. Ruzomberok has one of the youngest teams in the competition this season and guard Renata Popelkova is the only player over 23 on the whole roster. Their inexperience showed as they began to commit many fouls, allowing Bourges to come back.
The French side took the lead in the 6th minute and would not relinquish it for the rest of the game. They gradually increased their advantage, which reached 15 points by halftime, 44:29.
Some accurate long range shooting saw Ruzomberok come back a little bit, but Bourges’ supremacy was never in danger and they coasted to a 91:57 victory.,
Lithuanian center Iveta Marcauskaité led all scorers with 18 points for Bourges. French national team player Sandra Dijon added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Her fellow national team player Elodie Godin contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Center Veronika Garcárová led Ruzomberok in scoring and rebounding with 16 and 9 respectively.
Game MVP: Sandra Dijon
Pierre Vincent, Head Coach, Bourges Basket:
"I am satisfied with our victory and with the energy we showed. We still committed too many turnovers and our players appeared awkward in the first half. "
Elena Mozgovaya, Head Coach, MBK Ruzomberok:
"There was a big difference between the two teams. We started well but had difficulties afterwards. This was not the best we can play and Bourges played better as a team."
Emmeline Ndongue, Bourges Basket:
"I’m happy to have won. Our team is getting better and we need to continue to improve."
Jana Furkova, MBK Ruzomberok:
"We could not keep up with them and we lacked the size to compete."