Dynamo 58 vs. Bourges Basket 50

09 February 2005

In what was to be an exciting match that would come down to the wire, Dynamo hosted Bourges Basket in Group B action of the FIBA Euroleague Women. Top-ranked Dynamo got off to a sluggish start as the Bourges players seemed more focused and disciplined in their game.

Throughout the first quarter the home team struggled offensively as they were unable to get any good looks at the basket, and was forced into taking off-balanced, rushed shots. The French team came out controlled, and with their organized style of play took a 14-21 advantage into the second quarter.

Elena Karpova
At the start of the second quarter Dynamo temporarily found their rhythm and got within three points of Bourges. However at the seven-and-a-half minute mark, both teams went scoreless for over three minutes. Elena Karpova finally broke the drought with a free throw, and in the last couple of minutes the two teams exchanged baskets. Bourges still had a narrow 27-32 lead at the half.

In the third quarter Dynamo once again found their rhythm on offense and began to control their defensive boards. Sue Bird started to play confidently at the point and got her teammates involved and as a result, Dynamo leveled the score at 42-42 at the end of the third.

Throughout the fourth quarter the home team was led by Natalia Vodopyanova and Elen Shakirova. Both were a force on the boards, and helped their team to a 51-39 rebounding advantage. Despites Bourges' elegant style of basketball, MVP Bird and Dynamo went on to capture a 58-50 home victory. 

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