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Group:  A | 28.10.2009, 20:00h
Group:  A | 28.10.2009, 20:00h
76-64
19 - 1527 - 1011 - 2519 - 14
19 - 1527 - 1011 - 2519 - 14
Venue: Istanbul (TUR) |
Spectators: 250 |
Referees: Branislav Mrdak (SRB), Stelian Banica (ROU), Igor Mitrovski (MKD)

GAME REPORT


Galatasaray Win EuroLeague Women Opener Over Taranto

Earlier this year, Galatasaray defeated Cras Basket Taranto over  two legs to capture the 2008-09 EuroCup Women.

On Wednesday night, the two sides met in Group A of the EuroLeague Women and Galatasaray prevailed 76-64.

Playing at home, Galatasaray took a firm grip on proceedings at the end of the first quarter when Isil Alben's lay-up gave the hosts a 19-15 advantage.

That started a 21-5 run that put the Turkish team in front for good.

They went to half-time on top, 46-25.

Cras continued to battle, though, and eventually closed the gap to 57-50 at the end of the third quarter.

Galatasaray reeled off the first eight points of the fourth quarter and won comfortably in the end.

Jia Perkins and Sophia Young had 15 points apiece for Galatasaray, who also got 12 points and nine rebounds from Turkey international Yasemin Horasan.

Rebekkah Brunson led Taranto with 17 points and seven rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Galatasaray vs. Cras Basket Taranto

Zafer Kalaycioglu (Galatasaray Head Coach):

"First of all I'm happy to win this game. We started in the 1. half, esspecially 2. quarter of the game. We were really poor and turnovers at the beginning of the 2. half. and we were down by 14 points in 3. quarter. But its a EL game. 12 points difference is really important. I hope we can win the all games in our home court

Jia Perkins (Galatasaray Player):

"I think it was good learning to see where we are right now. We had the good 1. half. In 2. Half we got a little disorganized and walked around.I don't know if it was because we were leading by
20 poitns and we won the game. Mentally we more focused to finish this game. Because games go over 40 minutes. We gonna take positive parts from this game, learn something and keep working."

Kathy Wambe (Cras Basket Taranto Player):

"I think it was a hard game because we started too bad. I EL you can't start like that, every team is strong. I think we played better in the 2. half. We fought and tried to get back but its hard when you start with 21 points, in EL it isn't like that. We need to work,we are new in EL,we need to improve,we need to fight from the beginning."

Accumulated statistics

51.7%

30/58
FG
M/A

45.3%

24/53

53.2%

25/47
FG2P
M/A

51.2%

21/41

45.5%

5/11
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

3/12

78.6%

11/14
FT
M/A

65.0%

13/20

35

13/22
RT
RO/RD

22

8/14

16

AS

13

20

TO

16

11

ST

11

0

BS

1

19

PF

15

76

Pts

64

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