K.V. Imperial AEL won an enthralling encounter at Dunav Ekont Rousse in Bulgaria on Thursday to advance to to the Preliminary Round of the EuroCup Women.
After winning the first leg in Cyprus 63-62, KV Imperial were pushed hard into the final minute before winning 70-62.
|Betty Lennox had 24 points and 6 rebounds for K.V. Imperial AEL|
A Roksana Yordanova three-point play gave hosts Rousse a 60-59 lead with 5:13 remaining.
After a pair of Betty Lennox free throws put KV Imperial back in front with 4:33 remaining, both teams went cold.
Andrea Gardner split two at the stripe with 2:00 left to make it a 62-60 lead.
Rousse had their chances to pull level or go back in front.
Yordanova took a shot from long range but missed, yet they grabbed the offensive rebound, only for Marijana Ivovic fail to convert a lay-up.
Again they got the offensive board, but turned the ball over.
Gardner, who had 23 points in the game, scored inside for a four-point lead, only for Daniela Georgieva to reply with a lay-up to cut the deficit to two again.
Rousse fouled Gardner, though, and she made both shots at the stripe for a 66-62 lead and K.V. Imperial held on as Georgieva missed a lay-up, got the offensive rebound but was called for traveling.
Lennox finished with a game-high 24 points.
Rousse struggled at the free throw line, sinking a mere 12 of 22 (54.5%) attempts, and they were out-rebounded 39-33.
K.V. Imperial managed to win, despite turning the ball over 23 times.