Galatasaray Ride Strong Start To Victory

30 January 2008

Tarbes will most likely require divine intervention if they are to win their eighth-finals tie with Galatasaray in the EuroCup Women after crashing to a 61-41 defeat in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Galatasary used a strong first quarter as a launchpad for their victory. Tarbes will need to prevail by 21 points in the return leg back in France to advance.

The Turkish team, whose highest finish in Europe was third place nine years ago in the EuroLeague Women, streaked out to a 9-0 lead to open the game.

Isil Alben scored five of those points, capping the burst with a three-ball.

Galatasaray would end up scoring 14 of the game's first 17 points and they were always in control although Tarbes did stay within striking distance when closing the gap to 32-25 by half-time.

After a very low-scoring third quarter, Gala's advantage was 41-30.

They put the game away at the start of the fourth.

Petra Ujhelyi drilled a jumper and Turkey international Sebnem Kimyacioglu hit a three-pointer before Vickie Johnson's lay-up finished the 7-0 spurt.

Neither team shot the ball well, but Tarbes were particularly bad.

They were 10 of 37 (27%) inside the arc, and just six of 24 (25%) from long range.

At the free throw line, they were equally inept by making just three of 10.

Galatasaray made 18 of 45 (40%) of their shots inside the three-point line, seven of 17 (41.2%) beyond it while at the stripe they sank four of six.

Alben, who like Sebnem also played for Turkey at the EuroBasket Women last summer in Chieti, paced Galatasaray with 17 points.

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