Referees: Anastasios Piloidis (GRE), Bojan Jovanic (BIH), Matej Spendl (SLO)
Taranto Complete Turnaround
Cras Basket Taranto completed a remarkable turnaround to advance to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women, crushing an injury-plagued ZVVZ USK Prague team 83-49.
Cras Basket Taranto had needed a dramatic 75-73 win in Game Two to stay alive after losing the opener heavily, 73-56, at home.
But no one would have believed the team that played Game 3 could have lost that opener so heavily.
Dubravka Dacic and Kathy Wambe scored 16 points each to lead five Taranto players scoring in double figures while a big defensive night saw Prague held to just 11-of-41 (26.8%) shooting in the paint and 2-of-13 (15.3%) from long-range.
Taranto had edged the first half to take a 39-27 lead into the locker room.
But the final two points of the first half, Sophia Young's jump-shot, would prove to be the start of a 22-5 run capped by Dacic's jump-shot that made it 59-32 late in the third-quarter.
Megan Mahoney had 13 points and nine rebounds while Elodie Godin had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jami Montagnino also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Katerina Elhotova led Prague with 12 while DeLisha Milton-Jones had 10.
Quotes Cras Basket Taranto vs. ZVVZ USK Prague
Roberto Ricchini, Cras Basket Taranto coach: "I am happy for this historic achievement of my club. I praise the sacrifice and the power of my team against a strong team like Prague. Now we are more confident for the next round of EuroLeague."
Kathy Wambe, Cras Basket Taranto player: "It's a great feeling to be in the Quarter-Finals for the first time with Cras Basket. We deserved this success, thanks to the firmness of our team, which helped us out in the time of need."
Lubor Blazek, ZVVZ USK Prague coach: "I'm sorry for this exit from the EuroLeague. I think that the team wasn't responsive during the important part of the match, handing the victory to a stubborn team like Taranto. I would like to underscore how much we missed [injured Eva] Viteckova."
Katerina Elhotova, ZVVZ USK Prague player: "We did everything to win tonight and get to the next round, but Taranto was in a higher gear, especially in defense."