Bourges 74 vs. Dynamo Moscow 58

16.12.2004

Bourges started the game very well and opened their scoring on a basket from Laia Palau. Dynamo didn't hang around however and quickly caught up and took the lead, mainly thanks to Elena Shakirova.

The locals' defense picked up and blocked the Russian style of play and a basket from Anete Jekabsne right on the whistle for the first quarter allowed Bourges a 4 point advantage.

The second period continued like the first; a 3 pointer from Palau stretched the lead to 7 and another basket from Nina Bjedov even made it 32-24. The Russians toughened up their game and pulled back but still the score at half-time reflected the hosts' control on the match: 36-32.

Coming back after the break Sabrina Reghaissia quickly picked up her third foul and left Bourges looking for defensive answers as Elodie Godin was already sitting on the bench with four fouls.  Nevertheless, by the 23rd minute, the hosts were still ahead 44-36, although any thoughts of easing up are quickly spoiled as Bjedov picked up her 4th foul.

Another basket from Palau agave the Bourges players a little breating space abd their advantage even grew to 14 points (53-39).

A short incident whereby the Moscow team had 6 players on the court caused some distraction and the guests used the break in concentration to try and make a run. The attack was short-lived however as the Bourges defence quickly woke up and put a stop to the Russians' aspirations.

The score was still +14 for Bourges at the start of the fourth period but the hosts situation inside became increasingly nervous with the 5th foul from Godin. A 3 point shot from Jekabsone in the 36th minute, however,  rang the knell for the Russian hopes.

Game MVP: Laïa PALAU (Bourges).

 


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