USO Mondeville played well for much of their game at Cras Basket Taranto but slumped to defeat in EuroLeague Women Group A on Thursday.
The 79-67 setback in Italy has left the French outfit with a 3-6 record and trailing Pécs 2010 for the all-important fourth place.
Pécs, who won earlier on Thursday night, must win at home against Taranto to be assured of reaching the play-offs because if they do not and Mondeville prevail at home over TTT Riga, the French side will take fourth place.
Lenae Williams had 18 points and Aurélie Bonnan 15 for Mondeville, who only trailed 56-55 late in the third quarter.
A Kathy Wambe jumper then started a 15-3 run for Taranto and they pulled away for a big triumph.
Taranto had already clinched first place in Group A.
They got 18 points from recent signing Sophia Young and 15 from France international Elodie Godin.
"Taranto is a great team, especially after the reinforcement of Sophia Young. For our part, we have done everything to win and qualify to the next Euroleague Women Eighth-Finals. We have been less strong without Thizi that is injured. Postpone this important opportunity for the next decisive game at home versus Riga."
USO Mondeville Player Anne-Sophie Pagnier:
"We are so sorry for the knock out. We have done the best in the court, but Taranto has used more technical resources. In the next match last, we'll try with all our strength to qualify to the next round."
Cras Basket Head Coach Roberto Ricchini:
"We are delighted to have won our eighth victory in nine games in Euroleague Women. We managed to defend our high position in the ranking and now look forward with new confidence to future commitments. Congratulations to Mondeville for his tenacity. It hasn't a simple match, but our important final in the first half has been important for the second. Now the team fell more in his self."
Cras Player Elodie Godin:
"With this victory Cras redeems the bad match of Naples. It is not an easy time for us, because we have physical problems, but we were good companions to react. It will be nice to play the second round with the benefit of the fans".