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Group:  D | 12.12.2007, 20:00h
Group:  D | 12.12.2007, 20:00h
66-64
10 - 2122 - 1524 - 1810 - 10
10 - 2122 - 1524 - 1810 - 10
Venue: Mondeville (FRA) |
Spectators: 1720 |
Referees: Vincent Delestrée (BEL), Oscar Perea (ESP), Jonas Bille (DEN)

GAME REPORT


USO Slip Past TEO Vilnius

USO Mondeville squeezed past TEO Vilnius down the stretch to secure only their second victory in EuroLeague Women Group D.

The French side recovered from a poor start to take a narrow lead into the fourth quarter and just held on as the tension got to both teams in a low-quality final 10 minutes.

Caroline Aubert starred with 21 points and six rebounds for USO (2-4), whose only other pool win up to this point had been their tremendous 91-62 thrashing of Dynamo Moscow.

TEO's American guard Nykesha Sales had a game-high 25 points in vain as the Lithuanians slipped to 2-4 as well.

The visitors enjoyed a great start, scoring the last six points of the first quarter to go 21-10 up.

They then stretched their advantage to 14 points (31-17) but USO went on a 8-0 run and finished the half just 36-32 behind.

By then, Sales (16) and Aubert (13) were the only players to have got into double figures.

USO had the better of the third quarter and took a two-point cushion (56-54) into the final 10 minutes.

It was nip and tuck at the start of the fourth period before both teams went ice cold. Between 7:18 and 2:54 left, only five points were scored in total.

Rima Valentiene's three-pointer with 2:22 left brought TEO level at 64-64.

But Naura El Gargati and Pauline Jannault each drained one of two from the charity stripe to put USO back in the lead at 66-64.

With the tension mounting, Lithuania guard Sandra Valuzyte missed her jumper with 17 seconds left as USO held on.


COACH QUOTES


Quotes USO Basket vs. TEO Vilnius


Algirdas Paulauskas, coach TEO Vilnius:

"We lost the game in the rebounds (41 against 31). Mondeville wanted more to win this game even when we started the game better than them. Now it s difficult to know who is going to qualify from the group."

Olivier Hirsch, coach USO Mondeville:

"We didn't get the point average but it's not really important. If we win the last two games at home we can hope to qualify. Today, we were good in defense particulary in the paint. It's a good result for us."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.5%

23/63
FG
M/A

40.4%

23/57

44.7%

17/38
FG2P
M/A

41.9%

18/43

24.0%

6/25
FG3P
M/A

35.7%

5/14

66.7%

14/21
FT
M/A

72.2%

13/18

41

14/27
RT
RO/RD

31

8/23

14

AS

19

18

TO

15

6

ST

11

2

BS

1

15

PF

18

66

Pts

64

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