Cras Basket Taranto boosted their hopes of progressing from EuroLeague Women Group C with a 71-65 win over Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.
The Italians had to withstand a 13-2 run from BLMA in the final minutes but had already done enough to secure the win.
|Simona Ballardini had 16 points for CB Taranto|
The result leaves Taranto in sixth place at 3-5, one game behind both BLMA and Good Angels Kosice.
The Italians began to take control in the first quarter when Megan Mahoney's three-pointer sparked a 10-2 run that put them up 24-15.
They continued to edge away throughout the second and third quarters and were up 61-43 on Simona Ballardini's breakaway with 1:29 to go in the third quarter.
BLMA began to chip away but still found themselves down 67-52 when Angela Gianolla made a jump-shot with 4:56 to go.
That was the cue for a big rally from the visitors, started by Ana Lelas' three-pointer, but they had left themselves with too much to do.
Ballardini led Taranto with 16 points while Kia Vaughn had 14, Elodie Gosin 12 and Mahoney 11.
Lelas had 21 for BLMA and Stephany Skrba had 16.
Roberto Ricchini, CB Taranto head coach:
"This is an important victory, it's a consequence of the work and the determination of my players. This win puts us in a better situation now in EuroLeague Women".
Elodie Godin, CB Taranto forward:
"We are delighted with this victory, which allows us to keep our hopes alive of making the playoffs. We must continue in the same way".
Valéry Demory, BLMA head coach:
"Taranto is a strong team, they deserved to win tonight. For us it was a step back in the wrong direction, tomorrow we must get up and go back to work".
Fatimatou Sacko, BLMA forward:
"We are sorry for this loss against a strong opponent. We have given everything but they have won."