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04.02.2011, 18:00h
04.02.2011, 18:00h
73-75
17 - 2528 - 1117 - 1811 - 21
17 - 2528 - 1117 - 1811 - 21
Venue: Prague (CZE) |
Spectators: 1050 |
Referees: Aleksander Gorshkov (RUS), Tomasz Kudlicki (POL), Csaba Cziffra (HUN)

GAME REPORT


Taranto Edge Prague To Force Decider

Megan Mahoney scored the winning three-pointer with two minutes and twenty seconds left as Cras Basket Taranto stayed alive in their EuroLeague Women Eighth-Final with ZVVZ USK Prague in a bizarre finish.

A tense battle had the two teams exchanging the lead as the minutes ticked down in the fourth quarter.

Katerina Elhotova's three-pointer had Prague up 71-68, but Taranto hit back with a jump-shot from Valentina Siccardi and another from Sophia Young putting them up 72-71.

DeLisha Milton-Jones responded to make it 73-72, but Mahoney then drained a three to have Taranto up by two, 75-73.

And that, despite their being 140 seconds left, is how it stayed as both teams lost their shooting touch entirely.

Milton-Jones missed a jump-shot and then watched Anna Vajda fail with the put-back.

Taranto should have put the game to bed as they scored a series of offensive rebounds, but they made none of the shots in between with Siccardi, Kathy Wambe, Elodie Godin and Mahoney all off-target.

Elhotova had the final chance of the game, and could have tied it, but she missed her jump-shot on the buzzer.

Young led all scorers with 24 points for Taranto, while Mahoney and Godin had 13 each.

Lindsay Whalen led Prague with 20 points, while Milton-Jones had 19 and 13 rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes ZVVZ USK Prague vs. Cras Basket Taranto

Cras Basket Taranto coach, Roberto Ricchini:
"We tried to get better in rebounding and also change our defense because in Taranto we were not as aggressive as in today´s game. We reacted better today and didn't leave the game just like it happened in Taranto on Tuesday. It doesn't matter if we play home or away, the game is important."

Cras Basket Taranto player, Dubravka Dacic:
"It was a great game. In Taranto we just left the game and watched from outside how ZVVZ USK Prague are winning. Our reaction in Prague was very important for us; we were trying to find the energy and right mentality to react, because we really needed to win this game. And we showed that we can.

ZVVZ USK Prague coach, Lubor Blažek:
"Taranto played well in offense and were better in shooting. They have learned from the first game and were better in rebounding."

ZVVZ USK Prague player, Delisha Milton-Jones:
"Taranto did what they were supposed to do. Both teams played hard. Many things we did to them in Taranto they did to us [today], with the rebounding, defensively - they increased their intensity, they were more aggressive and physical on the perimeter."

Accumulated statistics

51.8%

29/56
FG
M/A

48.4%

31/64

52.0%

26/50
FG2P
M/A

53.7%

29/54

50.0%

3/6
FG3P
M/A

20.0%

2/10

54.5%

12/22
FT
M/A

61.1%

11/18

33

10/23
RT
RO/RD

38

15/23

17

AS

24

17

TO

13

12

ST

9

2

BS

1

16

PF

18

73

Pts

75

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