BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Elodie Godin claimed MVP honours in the Italian Cup Final Four|
Beretta Famila Schio and Good Angels Kosice both claimed cup titles over the weekend to continue their respective domestic dominance.
GODIN TAKES MVP AS SCHIO WIN ITALIAN CUP
French center Elodie Godin was crowned MVP of the Italian Cup Final Four after scoring 15 points in the showpiece game to help take down Gesam Gas Lucca 71-61.
Godin stood out for not only her display in the Final, but also her 14-point effort in the 63-59 semi-final victory over Umbertide.
Miguel Mendez and his team were also supported by veteran forward Laura Macchi, who fuelled Schio in the title game with 18 points, as they took their fourth Cup success in the last five seasons and the eighth in their history.
TENTH CUP TITLE FOR GOOD ANGELS
Good Angels Kosice landed their tenth Slovakian Cup success after completing a comfortable 78-65 final success against Piestanske Cajky.
Miljana Bojovic and new arrival Lynetta Kizer shone brightly, with the former racking up 25 points and six assists, whilst the latter wrapped up a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Czech Republic national team guard Katerina Bartonova had 21 points and six rebounds for the losing team, whilst Canadian center Tamara Tatham accumulated 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Kosice rolled over Spisska Nova Ves 103-55 en-route to the final with Farhiya Abdi and Jia Perkins combining for 34 points.
BOURGES AND VILLENEUVE SET UP FINAL DATE
|Céline Dumerc took Tango Bourges to an emphatic success over fellow EuroLeague Women club BLMA|
Tango Bourges and Villeneuve d'Ascq will contest the French Cup Final in Paris after collecting the victories they both needed in the semi-finals of the competition.
Celine Dumerc led Tango Bourges to an emphatic 67-51 success against fellow EuroLeague Women participants and title challengers Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.
The playmaker had 14 points, seven assists and seven boards, with Australian center Marianna Tolo also contributing 14 points.
Fatimatou Sacko scored a game-high 17 points for BLMA.
Villeneuve d'Ascq allowed a 15-point lead to evaporate in their contest against Toulouse, but still rode out 64-55 winners.
Former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year, Emma Meesseman registered 12 points and 11 rebounds, with Lenae Williams adding 17 points.
KAYSERI CONTINUE TO SLIDE
Kayseri Kaski spor look to have slipped out of title contention altogether in the TKBL after they crashed to a 70-60 loss at fifth placed Mersin Buyuksehir.
Croatian forward Ana Lelas finished with 19 points and Courtney Paris had 16 points and 10 boards to inflict a sixth league loss of the season on their EuroLeague Women visitors.
Leaders Galatasaray odeabank stormed to a 94-57 demolition of Canik Belediye behind a fine double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds from Kelsey Bone, as well as 21 points from Spanish ace Alba Torrens.
Fenerbahce came mightily close to a slip-up at Adana Botas after a superb final-quarter salvage bid from the hosts, but eventually dodged a bullet to win. The irrepressible Angel McCoughtry had 23 points and 11 boards, with Botas missing a couple of free-throws down the stretch which proved to be costly.
Istanbul Universitesi remain in third place after romping to a 94-63 victory at home to Ceyhan Belediye, with Crystal Langhorne corralling 22 points and 10 rebounds.
At the other end of the table, Natasha Lacy and Delisha Milton-Jones kept the survival hopes of second-from-bottom Tarsus Belediye alive after inspiring a 68-50 win at Homend Antakya.
The former had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, whilst Milton-Jones weighed in with 15 points and 10 boards.
SPARTA&K STUNNED, SPARTAK JOY
| Liudmila Sapova powered Chevakata Vologda to a surprise victory over Sparta&K|
There was plenty of headline making action in the Russian Premier League after third-placed Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje were left stunned and routed 94-79 by Chevakata Vologda, whilst Spartak Noginsk grabbed their first success of the campaign at the sixteenth attempt.
Sparta&K are flying high in EuroLeague Women but were outplayed in Vologda and fell 94-79 after Russian national team wing player Liudmila Sapova poured in 23 points for the victorious hosts. Tijana Ajdukovic replied with 23 points, but the loss means Vidnoje could miss out on third spot with two tough games remaining.
Meanwhile Spartak Noginsk belatedly got off the mark with a thrilling 80-78 home success against Dynamo Novosibirsk as Marina Karpunina scored 26 points and fittingly made the decisive score in crunch time.
The loss was tough on Swedish small forward Binta Drammeh, who walked off the court with a brilliant 27 points, seven steals and six assists in defeat.
Reigning champions UMMC Ekaterinburg again showed their teeth by completing a crushing 83-55 win over Dynamo Kursk to gain revenge for their only domestic defeat so far this season. Sandrine Gruda starred with 22 points for the table-toppers.
Dynamo Moscow are on-course for another potential title in EuroCup Women, but continue to falter in the league after losing 90-79 at home to Nadezhda Orenburg. Even a stellar 22 points and 15 rebounds from Tina Charles couldn't save them.
DeWanna Bonner had 25 points and nine rebounds for the winning team who cemented second spot.