Sporting Athens' miserable EuroLeague Women season continued in France tonight at the expense of home side Bourges.
Athens have struggled against Europe's top sides this season and the game against Bourges was no different, as summed up by the final scoreline 89-26.
After scoring just 4 points in the opening quarter, it was clear that Athens had no hope of staying with Bourges. That fact was confirmed by halftime, when they trailed 42-14 and the game was over as a contest.
Serb & Montenegrin forward Ljubica Drljaca made best advantage of the porous Athens defense and her 19 points was a game and season high.
Anete Jekabsone chipped in 17 points and Celine Dumerc added 15.
The match begins with the five major one from Bourges except for Nina BJEDOV left on the bench for problems for back. From the beginning, Bourges takes the broad one by making the spectacle: 6-0 in less than two minutes.
The visitors will open the score only at the end of five minutes of play thanks to a serious local defense. The first quarter-time finishes on the score of 16-4.
At the thirteenth minute, the + 20 are acquired in spite of some awkwardnesses of local in the completion. Two baskets preceded at the end of the half-time will make it possible to the players visitors to limit the damage: 41-14 at the half-time.
In second half-time, the scenario continues for almost non-existent a hellene team. One notes one + 60 to the thirty ninth minute of play and for finr 89-26.
MVP : Ljubica Drljaca
Pierre Vincent, Head Coach Bourges Basket:
"While respecting our adversary, the level of play between the 2 teams was too important. This meeting highlighted our limits. We missed too many lay-ups and those points can sometimes make the difference."
Arvantis Panagiotis, Head Coach Sporting Athens:
"We know that we are not competitive this year, but we had decided to take part in this competition to acquire experience."
Ljubica Drljaca, Bourges:
"It is difficult to play this type of match with such a difference between the two teams. It is necessary to remain focused and use the match as preparation for the future."