Chevakata Hammer Nantes To Advance

10.02.2011

EuroCup Women

50. Jessica Davenport (Chevakata)
Jessica Davenport came up with a game-high 29 points to secure Chevakata a place in the semi-finals

Chevakata hit back from a 13-point first-leg deficit and beat Nantes Rezé on Thursday to advance to the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals.

After falling in France 83-70, the Russian team regrouped and rode the back of Jessica Davenport, who had 29 points and 10 rebounds, to a 92-72 second-leg win.

The 25-year-old Davenport wasn't the only player that excelled for Chevakata.

Elena Danilochkina also weighed in with 18 points and there were timely contributions from others.

In a game that was full of drama, Chevakata went to half-time with a 20-point advantage on the night and a seven-point lead on aggregate.

They went further ahead after the restart, going on top 67-43.

But Laurent Buffard's Nantes stormed back and closed the gap to just 13 points in the game with 1:19 to go in the third quarter on a jump shot by Emilija Podrug.

That basket gave Podrug 17 points in the game.

A Mélanie Plust three-ball reduced the arrears to 69-59 as the French reclaimed control of the tie.

Buffard's side pulled to within 70-61 after a jumper from Yuliya Andreyeva.

A Loree Moore three-pointer with just one second to go in the frame took the lead back to 12 for Chevakata, leaving them behind by just one on aggregate, and then Davenport took her points haul to 24 with a three-point play before Maria Cherepanova hit a jumper to make it 78-61 with 7:27 left in the contest.

Another Davenport three-point play made it a 20-point second-leg lead and Danilochkina followed with a shot from the arc to stretch the overall advantage in the tie to 10.

Podrug went to 21 points with a lay-up to cut the deficit to 84-67, but that was as close as the French team would get.


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