Saarlouis Royals turned back a battling USO Mondeville on Thursday night and prevailed 67-59 to reach the EuroCup Women Semi-Finals.
Romy Bär led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the German club followed up its 66-63 first-leg triumph with a +11 win in the Quarter-Final tie.
|Czech international Petra Manakova contributet 10 points and 4 rebounds to her team's win|
Next up for Saarlouis is a meeting with Russians Nadezhda in the last four.
The first leg will be played in Germany on March 11 and the second will be in Russia the following week.
It's a significant win for the Royals.
This is the first time a German women's side has advanced to a semi-final in a continental competition since 1999 when Gold Zack Wuppertal finished fourth in the EuroLeague.
Just as the opening leg was, Thursday night's game had some uncomfortable moments for the Royals as Mondeville threatened to win the tie.
With 6:06 to go in the third quarter, Mondeville had a 47-40 lead.
Tyresa Smith's two free-throws ignited an 8-0 run for the Royals and they ended up taking a 50-49 lead to the final quarter.
That's when the visitors took command for good.
Candyce Bingham, Yvonne van Daalen and Smith all made baskets before Bär capped the 9-0 run with a three-pointer for a 59-49 lead.
Mondeville never threatened again.
Saarlouis got out-rebounded for much of the contest but in a dominating fourth quarter, they ended up surpassing the French team and winning that battle, 37-35.
Mondeville hurt their own cause by turning the ball over 19 times.
Saarlouis Royals head coach Rene Spandauw:
"I think it's a huge suprise for us to be in semi-final. Mondeville has an excellent team and we were lucky that Williams and Johnson were injured. For us, it's unbelievable."
USO MOndeville head coach Hervé Coudray:
"It's a big disapointment to not be able to play with all our strenghts. Saarlouis played a tough game and were more intense physically. We had trouble rebounding, in fast breaks and they played with better lucidity."