Like Old Times Dumerc Leads Bourges


EuroLeague Women

7. Endene Miyem (Bourges Basket)
Endene Miyem was her usual self in a Bourges uniform with 10 points and 9 rebounds

Valérie Garnier enjoyed a winning debut in the EuroLeague Women as the new coach of Bourges Basket on Wednesday night.

The French giants prevailed at home, 63-51, over USK Prague.

Garnier replaced Pierre Vincent at the helm, with Vincent having ended his long stint in charge this summer to take up the challenge of leading ASVEL in men's basketball.

France national team point guard Celine Dumerc, back at Bourges after a two-year spell with UMMC Ekaterinburg, scored 15 points.

Stella Kaltsidou added 12 points, Ieva Kublina 11 and Endene Miyem 10 for the winners.

Prague never recovered from their slow start.

They trailed from beginning to end, falling behind by 14 points in the opening quarter.

Dumerc poured in Bourges' first seven points and they walked off the court at the end of the first quarter with a 24-12 lead.

The advantage grew to 15 in the second quarter before Garnier's team took a 38-26 advantage to the changing rooms.

When Dumerc split a pair of free-throws midway through the third quarter, the Bourges lead was 43-26.

Prague made things interesting in the fourth.

Behind 50-36 at the start of the frame, Anna Montanana scored with a jumper and Delisha Milton-Jones followed with a basket.

Eva Viteckova's three-ball with 5:37 pulled Prague even closer at 52-47.

Kaltsidou answered with a lay-up for Bourges, however, to start a 9-0 run that left the hosts in front, 61-47.

Prague never threatened again.

Milton-Jones had 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Kublina also had 11 points for the winners.


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