Lietuvos Telekomas Advance


Lietuvos Telekomas reached the EuroLeague Women Final Four for the second consecutive year on Wednesday by scraping past MiZo Pecs in Hungary.

The visitors from Lithuania prevailed 63-59 for a 2-1 win in the quarter-final tie.

Katie Douglas (Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius)
Katie Douglas
In one of the most thrilling play-off games so far, MiZo Pecs, the only side to beat defending champions BC Volgaburmash this season, tied the contest at 59-59 with just 15 seconds left on a three-pointer from Albena Branzova.

Dalma Ivanyi, Pecs' outstanding Hungarian guard who will play in the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game in the same arena on March 4, then fouled Lietuvos Telekomas star Katie Douglas and the American made both free throws for a 61-59 edge.

Pecs reacted quickly, but failed to execute as Ivanyi drove into the lane late but missed a lay-up.

The visitors grabbed the rebound and, after being fouled, Jennifer Derevjanik made both shots from the stripe to complete the 63-59 victory.

The game once again illustrated the heroics of Douglas, who is certain to get some MVP votes by season's end.

With her team trailing 55-50, Douglas nailed a shot from the arc with 5:08 to play.

Neither side would score for more than a minute until Ivanyi had the ball stolen by Ausra Bimbaite and she passed ahead to fellow guard Derevjanik for an easy lay-up to make it 55-55.

The Vilnius team then got their noses in front and led by 59-56 with 27 seconds remaining after Bimbaite split two from the line.

Branzova then tied it before Lietuvos Telekomas did just enough to win at the end.

Douglas, who will play for the Rest of the World team at the All-Star Game, has been her team's most consistent performer on offense and that was the case in this game with her 16 points a game high.

The winners shot well from three-point range (six of 11 for 54.5%).


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