Cras Basket Taranto threw a scare into Fenerbahce but lost the EuroLeague Women Eighth-Finals opener, 89-83, in Istanbul on Tuesday night.
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Penny Taylor put forth another world class performance for the Turkish team with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Turkey international Nevriye Yilmaz also excelled for the winners with 22 points and 11 boards.
After twice going in front by 10 in the third quarter, Fenerbahce found themselves trailing 69-68 early in the fourth.
Two Yilmaz lay-ups sandwiched a pair of free-throws by Taylor for a 6-0 run that put Fener into a 74-69 lead.
They then went in front by nine before settling for a six-point victory.
Taylor was eight of 10 inside the arc and a perfect 12 of 12 at the charity stripe.
Tammy Sutton-Brown was also excellent at the line, making 10 of 11 on her way to 16 points.
It was a phenomenal free-throw shooting display by Fener on the night, in fact, because Yilmaz was also six of six.
They ended up 28 of 29, while Cras were eight of nine at the line.
Rebekkah Brunson scored 25 points and grabbed eight boards for Cras.
Taranto head coach Roberto Ricchini:
"The game was close most of the time. We made some mistakes that Fenerbahce took advantage of and they made some mistakes that we took advantage of. We came back and got the lead but then we couldnt hold on to win. Also Fernerbahce took much more free throw shots than we did."
Fenerbahce head coach Haydar Kemal Ates:
"To reach the second round teams must win two games.We just won one game and we need one more to advance to the next round. Taranto is a very strong team as well its going to be a tough game in Italy we will try to gain a win there as well."