Schio Hold Nerve To See Off Rivas

14. Jantel Lavender (Famila Schio)
Jantel Lavender came up just short of her fifth double-double of the season, ending the night for Famila Schio with 19 points and nine rebounds

Famila Schio chose the perfect time to get back to winning ways as they kept their composure at the clutch, riding to a 69-63 victory against Rivas Ecopolis in their first meeting of the EuroLeague Women play-offs.

Heading into the game with just one success in their last five games, Schio were made to fight all the way by a Rivas team who did a great job on the glass, but ultimately came up short.

Crucial to the success was the free-throw shooting of Schio, since the Italian side were a perfect eleven-of-eleven from the line, and this was always going to be important in a tight game which wasn't decided until the closing minutes.

Shortly before the break, it had looked like any prospect of a win for Rivas was in danger of ebbing away completely, when a basket by Belgian guard Kathy Wambe made it 36-24 to the home team.

However, the Spanish visitors rallied and claimed five of the last seven points in the half to get some momentum for when they re-emerged for the third quarter.

By early in the fourth period, Rivas were just a point behind at 51-50, although the good work of Jantel Lavender in the paint helped Schio moved six points clear at 59-53.

But again Rivas responded, this time the outstanding Oleksandra Kurasova dropping a three-ball with three minutes remaining to get her team back to within a point.

Unfortunately for Kurasova, who claimed 23 points and nine rebounds for the losing team, successive baskets by Lavender proved decisive as Schio eased away during the final two minutes.

Lavender had 19 points and nine rebounds to only just miss out on what would have been her fifth double-double of the season.




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