|10 November 2011|
|Noemie Mayombo made some decisive shots down the stretch and the Lotto Young Cats came from behind and won at Dynamo - GUVD|
Lotto Young Cats came from behind in the fourth quarter at Dynamo - GUVD and won 75-69 in the EuroCup Women on Thursday.
In a battle between two sides that lost their Group B openers last week, the hosts had a nine-point lead with a minute remaining in the third quarter and were still on top, 65-59, with 5:38 remaining.
The Young Cats, giving significant minutes to 11 players on the evening, reeled off the next six points - the last five by Noemie Mayombo - to pull level.
Tatiana Petrushina scored to put the Russians back in front, only for Emma Meesseman to answer and knot the game at 67-67.
Mayombo scored again after a Dynamo turnover and Sofie Hendrickx followed with a basket to make it 71-67.
Anastasiya Shilova's two free-throws reduced the arrears to two and gave the home side hope, but Dynamo fouled Meesseman and the MVP of this summer's U18 European Championship sank both attempts to restore the four-point advantage.
Meesseman then added a jump shot before the end and Lotto Young Cats celebrated a six-point triumph.
The video tape of the game will not make for pleasant viewing because each team had a very large number of turnovers.
Dynamo - GUVD finished with 24 turnovers and the Belgian team had 26.
Mayombo and Meesseman each had 14 points for the winners while Natalya Myasoedova scored 17 in defeat.
The other Group B game saw Besiktas scraping a 70-68 overtime victory at home against Telge Basket.
The Swedes, winners over Dynamo - GUVD last week, trailed by seven at half-time but leveled the contest at 40-40 at the end of the third quarter.
Telge trailed by four three times in the last four minutes but dug in their heels and went in front, only for Courtney Vandersloot's lay-up with three seconds to go, to force overtime.
After Esra Sencebe and Binta Drammeh traded three-pointers at the beginning of the extra period, Tugba Tasci hit a jumper and Jantel Lavender sank two free-throws to put the hosts in front to stay.
Besiktas, who beat Lotto Young Cats last week, improved to 2-0.
There was a thriller in Group H between USO Mondeville and hosts Spartak Noginsk (0-2).
The French team, playing in their first EuroCup Women game of the season, travelled to Russia and won 52-51 after getting 18 points and 10 rebounds from Laetitia Kamba.
Spartak, who had their own star in Maria Shamanina (18 points, 14 rebounds), led 48-46 late in the fourth quarter.
Kamba scored on a drive and then on the next trip down the floor drew a foul and made two free-throws.
Mondeville stretched the advantage to four after making two of four free-throws, but Spartak closed the gap to 52-51 when Marina Ivanova connected from long range.
Kristen Sharp missed for Mondeville with the shot-clock winding down and then fouled Raisa Lenshina with five seconds to play.
The 22-year-old guard missed both free-throws, though, and Lithuania international forward Giedre Paugaite intercepted a pass in the closing seconds to seal the victory for the French.
In Portugal, AD Vagos (0-2) suffered a heartbreaking 71-70 defeat to Optimum Ted Ankara (2-0).
Daniela Domingues sank two free-throws with four seconds remaining to put the home side on top, 70-69.
Optimum called a timeout and then pulled off a stunning win.
Deryan Ozyer's team got the ball to Gülsah Akkaya and the 34-year-old forward hit a game-winning jump shot at the death for the one-point win.
Flávia Dos Santos scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Vagos, with teammate Joana Lopes adding 15 points and 11 boards.
Özge Yavas led the winners with 18 points.
In Turkey, Botas (2-0) celebrated a 70-57 home triumph over Horizont (0-2) of Belarus.
Courtney Paris, who played with Rivas Ecopolis last season in the EuroLeague Women, finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Botas in the Group A game.
BBC Sint-Katelijne-Waver (0-2) travelled to Russia for a Group E game at Chevakata and were blown away, 89-55.
Chevakata (2-0) delivered a first-half knockout, outscoring the visitors 28-15 in the opening quarter and 16-4 in the second.
Kayseri Kaskispor (2-0) pulled away midway through the fourth quarter and recorded a 77-66 victory over Olimpia (0-3) in Group F.
The winners got 14 points from Donneka Hodges as they improved to 2-0, and Lyubov Alyoshkina poured in 17 in defeat.
Gran Canaria cruised to an 86-69 victory over Lemminkainen in Group D on the Canary Islands.
The Spanish club's Astou Ndour finished with 24 points and five rebounds as her team won for the second time in as many games.
Monika Grigalauskyte had 14 points and 12 rebounds in defeat for the Lithuanian team, which dropped to 0-2.
Jennifer Humphrey led the way with 17 points and nine boards for Basket Landes in a 78-64 victory over Partizan Galenika.
Both sides are now 1-1 in Group G.