|24 November 2011|
|Ilona Korstin was at her very best, pulling down 15 rebounds to go with her 24 points in Besiktas' win over Lotto Young Cats|
Russia's Ilona Korstin is a European champion and an Olympian, so she's played in plenty of big games before.
Besiktas called on her experience on Thursday and she delivered, pouring in a season-high 24 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in an 84-77 win over Lotto Young Cats.
The Belgian team, getting season highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) from their Belgian youngster Emma Meesseman, made Besiktas work until the end.
A pair of Noemie Mayombo free-throws for Young Cats cut the Besiktas lead to 68-66 with 3:07 remaining.
But Daliborka Jokic followed with a lay-up and Korstin a jumper to stretch the Turkish team's lead.
After Sofie Hendrickx hit a three-ball to cut the Besiktas lead to 72-69, Yasemin Horasan replied with a jumper and Russia international Korstin a lay-up to put Besiktas on their way to a seven-point triumph.
Besiktas moved to the top of Group B with their third win in four games and Young Cats fell to 2-2.
Optimum Ted Ankara kept pace with Nantes Reze at the top of Group C with an 83-66 triumph over Dexia Namur.
The Turkish club had crashed to a 24-point setback at Nantes last week, and the French club won their game this week against AD Vagos.
For Ankara on Thursday, Gülsah Akkaya poured in 18 points.
The winners had a 45-29 lead by half-time.
There were two other games played in Turkey.
In Group F, Kayseri Kaskispor took on Maccabi Bnot.
The Kayseri outfit raced into a 22-11 lead by the end of the opening quarter and cruised to an 85-74 triumph.
Dila Askin had 20 points for the winners, with Esra Ural contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kayseri improved to 3-1 and remained only a game adrift of Dynamo Kursk.
Botas were at home at Seyhan/Adana and won emphatically against Lombos to improve to 4-0 in Group A.
Monica Wright had 19 points and Courtney Paris 13 rebounds to go with her 10 points in an 80-47 demolition of the Portuguese team.
Lombos slumped to 1-4.
Gran Canaria won a crucial Group D game at home against Flying Foxes Schwechat, 66-58.
The Spaniards improved to 3-1 in Group D and remained a game behind first-place Hainaut Basket.
Shooting guard Dandra Moss connected on three shots from long range and led the Canary Islanders with 26 points.
Kachine Alexander, the 22-year-old point guard for the Foxes, had 17 points in defeat.
The visitors fell to 1-3.
Basket Landes beat Sdent Helios in Group G, 74-63.
The French club improved 2-2 and moved level with Partizan Galenika (also 2-2).
Shooting guard Anais Le Gluher-Cano poured in 20 points for Basket Landes, who took control when outscoring the visitors 24-15 in the second quarter.
Sdent are now 1-3.