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Group:  A | 13.12.2007, 20:45h
Group:  A | 13.12.2007, 20:45h
73-77
22 - 2113 - 2218 - 1920 - 15
22 - 2113 - 2218 - 1920 - 15
Venue: Naples (ITA) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Nikolaos Papadimitriou (GRE), Alfred Jovovic (CRO), Gordon Barbara (MLT)

GAME REPORT


Fenerbahce Too Strong For Phard Napoli

Fenerbahce held off a late fightback from Phard Napoli to claim a narrow 77-73 victory and take their record to 4-2 in EuroLeague Women Group A.

Cappie Pondexter was the leading scorer for the Turkish visitors with 29 points while Tammy Sutton-Brown added 16 and six rebounds.

Kedra Holland-Corn led Napoli's cause with 24 points but it was not enough in the end.

The first quarter was a tight affair in which neither side could break free.

Pondexter scored three of three from outside the arc while Holland-Corn responded with four free-throws in a period which Phard edged 22-21.

A 5-0 run at the start of the second quarter helped the Turkish side gain the upper hand however, with eight points from Sutton Brown, including four of four from the charity stripe, steering them to a 43-35 advantage at half-time.

Fenerbahce maintained that lead throughout the third quarter to take a 62-53 lead into the final 10 minutes, but hosts Napoli came back fighting in the fourth.

Led by Holland-Corn, Phard closed within three points of their opponents at one stage until four free-throws from Pondexter ensured Fenerbahce claimed the win.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Phard Napoli vs Fenerbahce

Zafer Kalaycioglu, Coach Fenerbahce:

"It was a very hard game. We had two injuries during the week and so we were worried about this game, which was important for us to win before the next one versus Sopron. We were very lucky in free throws and rebounds and this let us win. Napoli Phard didn’t manage to use the advantage of playing on the homecourt although it has been a very fighting team."

Nino Molino, Coach Phard Napoli:

"We made a lot of mistakes during the first two periods and against such a confident team as Fenerbahce we had a lot of problems in reaching an equilibrium.However I appreciated my team reaction reaching for three times the score. What we suffered at the beginning of the match has been our blame."

Mariangela Cirone, Player Phard Napoli:

"It was a pity, because we lost a homecourt match. This could complicate our qualification to the next Euroleague Women phase. Fenerbahce had a super Pondexter and we didn’t manage to speed our actions during the decisive moments of the match."

Accumulated statistics

43.9%

25/57
FG
M/A

47.2%

25/53

44.7%

17/38
FG2P
M/A

52.8%

19/36

42.1%

8/19
FG3P
M/A

35.3%

6/17

78.9%

15/19
FT
M/A

91.3%

21/23

33

15/18
RT
RO/RD

32

10/22

13

AS

8

16

TO

16

12

ST

7

1

BS

2

20

PF

17

73

Pts

77

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