De Forge Late Show Leads Wisla Past Bourges


Wisla Can-Pack grabbed an important win in Group B of the EuroLeague Women as Anna De Forge scored five of her 24 points in the final 25 seconds for a 66-61 victory over Bourges Basket.

The Polish team saw the three-time champions Bourges erase a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter but were saved by De Forge, who hit the final five points of the game.

Jelena Skerovic added 14 points, nine assists and four steals while Spanish international Marta Fernandez had 13 points and Candice Dupree chipped in with 10.

The victory improves Wisla to 3-2 in a tight Group B.

Bourges falls to 1-4 despite 15 points and 12 rebounds by Sonja Kireta while Sonja Petrovic added her own double-double of 10 and 10.

The French team out-rebounded Wisla 41-27 but committed 22 turnovers. 

Wisla grabbed an early 14-8 lead on Fernandez's jumper, and the Polish side used a 7-0 run - featuring Skerovic's three-pointer - to grab a 23-13 advantage after one period.

Another Skerovic three-pointer and long ball by De Forge keyed an 8-2 surge as Wisla pulled ahead 31-15.

De Forge's next three-ball maintained a 37-23 advantage, which was 37-25 at the break.

Emmeline Ndongue converted a three-point play to start the second half, and Celine Dumerc three-pointer brought Bourges to within 39-31, and it was only 42-38 for Wisla after Endene Miyern's jumper midway through the third period.

Dupree's score pushed the lead back up to 46-38 only to see Belinda Rose Snell's jumper make it 48-47 after three periods.

Kireta's foul shot evened things at 48-48, which De Forge answered with another three-pointer.

After Kireta made it 53-52, Dupree scored four points in an 8-0 Wisla run for a 61-52 gap with six minutes left. 

The French held Wisla scoreless for five minutes and evened the game at 61-61 on Dumerc's three-pointer.

It was still that scoreline until De Forge's three-pointer with 25 seconds left. And she knocked down two foul shots with 13 seconds remaining to secure the win.

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