Turning Point: As Beretta-Famila Schio continued to hang around rather ominously, a three-pointer by Penny Taylor with four minutes to go made it 66-54 and effectively ended any notion of a surprise win for the Italian club.
Game Hero: Penny Taylor made some big shots and had a very active night to finish with a game high 24 points along with six rebounds and three assists. Ivana Matovic also impressed with her shooting making 10 of 12 from the field but six turnovers spoiled her line a little.
Stats Don't Lie: There were 10 steals for the energetic Fenerbahce defence which was important. The usually reliable Laura Macchi had an off night making just 1 of 9 from the floor while incredibly, Schio only got to the line for two foul shots in the entire game.
Fenerbahce preserved their status as the only unbeaten team in EuroLeague Women after tipping off their Final Eight campaign with a 74-58 success against Beretta-Famila Schio.
It was a typically buoyant display by Fenerbahce who ran the floor to good effect and while they struggled to truly break away from Schio until the final quarter, they always held the upper hand and never looked in danger of allowing their superiority to slip.
Schio had managed to get their noses in front during the early exchanges courtesy of triples by Liron Cohen and Raffaella Masciadri which put them 11-10 in front but Fenerbahce responded by putting their foot on the gas.
Led by Taylor, they took control in the second quarter as the Australian went coast to caost to complete an ‘and-1' play to put her team 32-23 ahead.
However, Schio then cut the gap to five points which caused Fenerbahce coach George Dikeoulakos to call a time-out for his team and it worked as they came out to register six unanswered points.
That momentum continued with Matovic managing to find a tip-in on the buzzer to give her team a 42-30 advantage at the interval which they returned to extend to as many as 17.
A beautiful behind the back assist by Janel McCarville to Cheryl Ford under the basket helped Schio cut it to single digits at the end of the third quarter.
But, Fenerbahce kept their nerve during the last ten minutes to eventually ease away, even if the final score-line flattered them just a little.
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