Hosts Grab First Win At Final 8


Turning Point: As Schio threatened late drama after getting to within five points inside the last sixty seconds, Diana Taurasi grabbed a precious rebound from her own missed shot which prevented a possible transition score.

Game Heroes: Bahar Caglar had her best game of the tournament with 17 points and seven rebounds while Isil Alben dished up eight assists.

Stats Don't Lie: Schio were awful from the perimeter in the first half shooting a miserable 1 of 9 while despite Galatsasary being without Tina Charles, they still got trashed 40-29 on the glass.

Galatasaray Medical Park bounced back from the double disappointment of an opening day loss to Rivas Ecopolis and derby defeat against Fenerbahce to record their first win at Final Eight with an 80-71 success against Beretta Famila Schio.

The hosts made their move during the opening quarter when after being tied at 6-6, they rattled off nine points in a row gave them some early impetus.

In the absence of Charles, Caglar stepped up and gave Galatasaray a double figure lead. Indeed she finished the period with double digits herself as her team went 26-14 ahead.

Schio couldn't find any kind of defensive intensity and it hurt them as successive triples by Egle Sulciute and Saziye Ivegin extended the damage to 16 points.

Finally the Italian side woke up from their slumber and managed to cut it to single digits just ahead of the interval but Galatasaray remained hot from downtown with another three-pointer, this time from Ticha Penicheiro handing them a 44-32 advantage at the break.

Schio competed much better when they returned to the court but they couldn't make any real inroads and still trailed 62-51 going into the last quarter.

Despite four quick-fire points to start the period for the Italian club it was Gala who found their range once again from outside and it looked like the game was done and dusted.

But, Schio had other ideas and from 72-59 behind, they posted a 12-4 run heading onto the final minute.

However it was too little too late and they remain winless while their evening was further soured by a potentially serious knee injury to Chiara Consolini.



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