|Angel McCoughtry led Fenerbahce to victory with a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double|
A late rally from Good Angels Kosice fell agonisingly short as they went down 93-91 on the road to Fenerbahce in Group B EuroLeague Women action.
Good Angels finished on an 8-1 run to make the hosts sweat but Helena Sverrisdottir's late heave missed on the buzzer as Fenerbahce hung on.
Earlier in the night it appeared Fener were making relatively light work of Good Angels, with a three-point play from Agnieszka Bibrzycka making it 45-31 late in the second quarter.
Good Angels rallied and briefly snatched the lead, 70-69, on a Petra Kulichova jump-shot a minute into the final quarter, but Fener soon restored a double-digit lead and looked to have everything in hand as they led 92-83 with a little over a minute left.
But Sverrisdottir and Alexandria Quigley hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a three-point game with 47 seconds left. Both teams then missed threes before Plenette Pierson sank a jump-shot to bring Good Angels within one.
Cappie Pondexter could only split her free throws with seven seconds left to leave the door open for Good Angels, but Sverrisdottir's three-pointer would not go at the death.
Angel McCoughtry led Fenerbahce with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Bibrzycka amassed 18 points. Pondexter finished with 16 and Ivana Matovic had 15. Birsel Vardarli and Anastasiya Verameyenka also reached double figures with 10 points apiece.
Pierson had 20 points for Good Angels, while Quigley and Kulichova finished with 14 each and Sverrisdottir and Tijana Krivacevic had 11 each.
The win lifts Fener to 4-1 while Good Angels drop to 3-2.
Good Angels head coach Maros Kovacik
"In the first half, we made easy mistakes on defence, especially on 1-on-1 defence. Also, we made 12 turnovers. But we started the third period very good. We were more aggressive on defence and played faster than in the first half, and as a result we found ourselves 28 points. Unfortunately, we could not do the same job in the last period. I want to congratulate Fenerbahce"
Good Angels Kosice player Miljana Bojovic
"We were close to winning the game. Especially in the third period we played very good and came back from ten points down. For the future we are going to be better"
Fenerbahce head coach Roberto Iniguez
"It was a very hard game for us. The third period we took quick shots and lost control of the game. At that time, Kosice was shooting at a high percentage, and as a result they equalised the scores. We have very experienced players who take responsibility at critical moments of the game.
Fenerbahce player Birsel Vardarli
"I congratulate the team because we played with full energy and I also congratulate the Kosice team. Next week we have another important game against Schio. Tomorrow we are going to start working for this game"