|Fenerbahce's Penny Taylor led all scorers with 24 points and added four rebounds and four assists|
Fenerbahce didn't lose a game in Round 1 of the EuroLeague Women and they're still the only undefeated team in the competition after an 83-71 victory over Lattes Montpellier on the opening night of play-off action.
Penny Taylor poured in 24 points and Ivana Matovic 20 as Fener rolled to a convincing triumph.
The Turkish giants stormed into a 26-8 lead late in the first quarter with Matovic scoring eight points.
Taylor and Angel McCoughtry had six apiece as the hosts took command.
The French outfit didn't quit and went on a 6-0 run to close the gap to 59-48 with 2:22 to go in the third quarter.
A Diandra Tchatchouang basket reduced the arrears to 62-52 at the end of the frame.
Taylor started the fourth with a pair of free-throws, though, and Zane Tamane took the advantage to 14 with a jump shot as Fenerbahce maintained a comfortable advantage.
The visitors continued to scrap and reduced the arrears to 73-65 with 4:49 remaining on a fast-break lay-up by Kristen Mann.
The basket forced Fener coach George Dikeoulakos to call a timeout.
When play resumed, Matovic scored and Tamane followed with a basket to extend the lead back to 77-65 as Fener maintained control.
Tamane ended up with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Montpellier got 20 points from Mann and 13 from Sacko.
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BLMA Head Coach Valery Demory
"We couldn't set our game from the first period and it affected all periods. We are absolutely going to take a lesson from this game and learn from our mistakes, this next game on Friday is very important for us, we will do everything to win."
Fenerbahce Head Coach George Dikeoulakos
"I am satisfied from the effort of my players except from the third quarter where we relaxed and we started thinking about the next game before we even finish this one. The game in France will not be easy and we have to continue playing seriously."
BLMA player Kristen Mann
"It's always hard to play against them, there is a reason why they are undefeated. Having 12 turnovers didn't help us either. Even though we played good defense it didn't help us."
BLMA player Diandra Tchatchouang
"We couldn't get more aggressive. They took good shots, and us having too many turnovers didn't help us."
Fenerbahce player Zane Tamane
"We played well. At this point at the EuroLeague Women any sort of mıstake or lack of concentration is irreversible. Any point is important like any other. This is team work and step by step we want to head to the Finals."