The snow was falling in Salamanca on Wednesday night, but things were unusually warm at a nearly sold out Pabellon Wurzburg where Halcon Avenida slipped past a determined Bourges Basket 64-54 and into the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Final Round.
The home side came into game three of their Eighth-Finals Playoff series with Bourges needing a win to keep their hopes alive of making a second straight Final Four.
Bourges Basket continued their recent rich vein of form to extend their EuroLeague Women season and dreams of a place in the Quarter-Finals after a 69-64 home win over Halcon Avenida.
Both teams will have to head back to Salamanca again next week for the deciding game and that will suit Bourges just fine after this performance and win that would have been more comfortable but for a big Anke De Mondt triple with three-seconds remaining.
Final Four hosts a year ago, don't be surprised if Halcon Avenida make it back to the EuroLeague Women showpiece again if their 72-53 rout of Bourges Basket on Tuesday in Salamanca is anything to go by.
Avenida rolled to victory in the opening game of the Eighth-Final Play-off tie with their superstar summer signing Sancho Lyttle leading the way.
With the Qualifying Round of EuroLeague Women wrapping up on Wednesday FIBA Europe has announced the official rankings of the sixteen teams that will advance to the Eighth-Finals and the resulting match-ups.
Three-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region, who finished the Qualifying Round a perfect 10-0, ranked first followed by rivals UMMC Ekaterinburg and Wisla Can-Pack who lost just once.
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