Ros Casares Valencia pulled out all the stops this evening and with a last quarter push took a surprise second 1/8 Final victory and knocked title-holders US Valenciennes Olympic out of this year's EuroLeague Women championship.
In Valenciennes' first EuroLeague Play-Off home loss since 1997, Ros came back from a 13 point deficit early in the second half to put an end to the current champions' repeat title hopes.
Most players who travel to Valencia to face Spanish juggernauts Ros Casares do so with trepidation because the basketball-mad city can be a very difficult place to play.
Lucienne Berthieu of French side US Valenciennes Olympic, who play at Ros Casares on Tuesday, is not just any player.
The current Euroleague champions, US Valenciennes Olympic, played host in their final game of the regular season to last-placed Baltiyskaya Zwezda. The home squad used their fast breaks and high shooting percentage to take a 27-14 lead after the first quarter.
In a battle for 3rd place in Group A of the EuroLeague Women, 2004 champions Valenciennes scored a valuable road victory over Hungarian side MKB-Euroleasing Sopron on Thursday night.
A 17-0 run by Valenciennes over the course of the end of the second and beginning of the third quarter undermined a good start by Sopron.
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