Dynamo Survive Esperides Scare, Kursk and Gala Also Through


Ravenna Esperides threw a major scare into EuroCup Women favorites Dynamo Moscow on Thursday before falling 60-52.

The second-leg defeat left the Greeks with a nine-point loss on aggregate in the Eighth-Finals tie after the Russians only prevailed 75-74 in the first encounter in Greece.

Joining Dynamo in the Quarter-Finals were Dynamo Kursk and Galatasaray after they also won their respective legs.

Natalia Hejkova's Dynamo Moscow was in a dogfight with Ravenna Esperides.

The game was knotted at 32-32 less than two minutes before half-time.

That's when Dynamo landed important blows, going on a 10-2 run for a 42-34 lead at the break.

A three-point play by Janell Burse and then a Belinda Snell shot from the arc sparked the surge that gave Hejkova's team some breathing space.

At the break, Burse had 12 points and the emerging Russia international Marina Kuzina 14 for Dynamo.

Ravenna Esperides looked in danger of being blown out early in the fourth when Anastasia Logunova's jump shot gave the home side a 54-40 lead.

The visitors hit back quickly with an eight-point burst - the last six on three-balls from Styliani Kaltsidou.

Ravenna could have drawn even closer on their next four possessions but Argyroula-Kiriaki Kalogirou, Dimitra Kalentzou, Kaltsidou and Olga Chatzinikolaou all missed shots.

The next to score was Anete Jekabsone-Zogota with a lay-up and Dynamo held on to advance to the Quarter-Finals.

Kuzina finished with 19 points and Burse 18 for Dynamo, while Kaltsidou top-scored for Ravenna with 18.

Dynamo Kursk put the finishing touches on their Eighth-Finals triumph over Panionios G.S.S.

After winning the first game 64-53, Kursk rolled to an 84-54 victory at home with Svetlana Maksimenko pouring in 15 points, Sandra Valuzyte 14 and Anastasia Fomina 13.

Varvara Psareva had 10 rebounds to go with her six points while Anastasiya Bocharova scored nine and pulled down seven boards.

Galatasaray began the EuroCup Women as one of the favorites but their credentials were severely tested by K.V. Imperial AEL.

The Cypriot club won the first leg 63-61 and on Thursday in Turkey, it took everything Galatasaray had to overturn that and win 74-68.

Seimone Augustus, Galatasaray's Olympic gold medal winner, scored 23 points.

She poured in nine straight for Galatasaray when the Turkish team finally moved in front. The game was tied at 64-64 when Augustus made a lay-up and then split two free throws.

Augustus followed with a jump shot and after two Imperial free throws, Augustus sank two at the line.

Her final contribution came 18 seconds from the end to go with two more shots from the charity stripe for a 73-68 lead.

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