Fowles Carries Gala Into Last 16

19.01.2011

Sylvia Fowles went off for 26 points as Galatasaray saw off ZVVZ USK Prague 81-69 to sneak into the last 16 of EuroLeague Women.

VICI Aistes' earlier victory over Tarbes made this a must-win for Gala, who take fourth place in Group C courtesy of a superior goal differential against Aistes.

34. Sylvia Fowles (Galatasaray MP)
Sylvia Fowles had 26 points and 6 rebounds for Galatasaray
Fowles' performance meant that winning was not a problem, with the former Louisiana State star scoring 13 points in each half to pace her team.

After a close first-quarter, which ended with Gintare Petronyte giving Gala a 23-19 edge, the hosts scored the first six points of the second quarter as they began to pull away.

Their lead reached double-figures just before half-time as Seimone Augustus scored to make it 46-35 before Fowles added a lay-up.

They laid it on thick early in the second half, scoring the first 12 points to stretch their lead all the way to 25, 60-35.

The contest was all but over, but pride dictated Prague would fight back, with Eva Viteckova's three-pointer sparking a 15-2 run that brought them back into it.

However, the hole was too big and Gala can turn their attentions to the next round.

Augustus finished with 14 points, while Viteckova led Prague with 20 points, Edita Sujanova had 12 and Katerina Elhotova 11.


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