In their first home game in the EuroLeague Women of the current season, the team of Bourges showed a lot of power and energy which eventually led to a victory of +29 points against the visitors form Prague.
Shortly after the start, Bourges had an excellent start and led already 4-0 after a few minutes. After five minutes at a score of 10-5, Bourges coach Pierre Vinent decided to put Dumerc and Marcauskaité on the field instead of Poto and Ndongue. This double change however did not change the teams‘ performance and after another four minutes, the score was 18-10.
The best players of USK Blex KV were Pechova and Hlavackova. They were even able to reduce the difference to –9 again, but the host team was not really impressed so that the spectators saw the French team’s victory of 81-52.
Encouragingly for Bourges, 2 of their youngest national team players were also their top contributors. 19 year old center Elodie Godin had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, while 21 year old point guard Celine Dumerc added 13 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.
MVP of the Game: Ljubica Drljaca.
Ivan Benes, USK Blex KV Prague Head Coach: "This is our first year in the EuroLeague Women and this was our first away game. Bourges has an excellent team, better than ours it must be said. We had great difficulty tonight coping with the agressive defence and pressure that Bourges put us under."
Prague Captain: "We are very disappointed by our performance tonight. Bourges was simply better, faster and stronger. The level of teams that we are now playing against is very high."
Pierre Vincent, Bourges Basket Head Coach: "We showed our defensive qualities tonight. The team has adapted well and the players stuck to the strategies that we had practiced. This turned out to be very efficient as we got a lot of steals. The team is getting better little by little."
Bourges Captain: "I am delighted with the result of my first game as captain of this new Bourges team. We have prepared very hard for this first home game in the EuroLeague and tonight we had some really positive plays. We still have a couple of weaknesses to overcome, however."