|Edwige Lawson chipped in with 10 points BLMA confirmed a spot in the next round|
Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration and Nantes Reze both booked their spot in the Eighth Finals of EuroCup Women on Wednesday night with convincing home wins to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
BLMA led the way after a brutal 84-41 demolition of Satu Mare in Group A. Yet to lose a competitive game this season in any competition, it was easy to see why after they dismantled their Romanian visitors with the authority and class of a team being tipped for the top of the podium.
In an astonishing first quarter, they outscored their opponent 34-7, and by half-time led by 35 points. Satu Mare did come out strongly in the third quarter, but BLMA was cruising with their last sixteen spot assured. Fatimatou Sacko had 13 points and 11 rebounds although Geraldine Robert was arguably the pick of the performers with 18 points via eight of nine floor shooting.
Elsewhere in Group A, Chevakata hasn't formally punched its' ticket just yet, despite an 86-50 rout of SISU, although they are all but assured their place now they have moved to 3-1 with Satu Mare who is looking a long way from making the next phase on 1-3. Glory Johnson finished with an eye-popping 18 points and 20 rebounds, whilst Katsiaryna Snytsina had 25 points, five assists and four steals.
In Group B, Olimpia made up for their gut-wrenching one-point loss on season debut against Lotto Young Cats and also gave their chances of progressing to the post-season a big lift with an 88-73 win in Belgium. Their success was mainly down to a monumental 24 points and 18 rebounds from Lyubov Alyoshkina whilst Tetiana Shchypakina harvested an excellent 21 points including a perfect three of three from long-range.
Mersin denied Tarbes passage to the Eighth Finals and also avenged their early season home floor loss to their rival by travelling to France and beating the Group C leaders 77-71 to draw alongside them with a 3-1 record. An incredible 18 points and 17 rebounds by Erlana Larkins did the damage as the Turkish club claimed successive road wins after their hard fought success at Spartak Noginsk last week.
In fact Group C could be turning into a real dogfight with Spartak bouncing back with an important 77-59 success at still winless Belfius Namur. The victory was assured by Maria Merzlyakova who had the hot-hand from downtown with four triples en route to 23 points.
|Caroline Aubert was clincal in helping Nantes Reze into the Eighth Finals with 20 points and 10 assists|
A splendid performance by Caroline Aubert helped Nantes Reze not only claim a convincing 83-66 win against TSV Wasserburg in Group D, but also book a place in the Eighth Finals with a fourth straight success of the tournament.
Aubert was in sensational form, claiming a stunning 20 points and 10 assists to put the German visitors to the sword, for whom Anne Breitreiner finally delivered with 18 points - but it was to no avail.
A string of excellent performances from several Dynamo Moscow players paved the way for an 86-73 Group G win at VS Prague as the Russians did the double over their Czech rivals to move to the brink of qualification for the Eighth Finals.
Laura Harper had 14 points and 13 rebounds whilst Nadezhda Grishaeva also landed a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds . Meanwhile Tatiana Vidmer and Kristi Toliver combined for 38 points with some excellent shooting. Marshae Dotson excelled for VS Prague with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Basket Landes boosted their chances of progressing with a potentially priceless 86-72 home victory against Partizan Galenika who suffered a second straight loss having opened the campaign with two wins. Jennifer Humphrey had 17points and eight rebounds for the winning team as they ensured they moved level with their opponent by going 2-2 for the season.
Finally in Group H, it was a case of fourth time lucky for MBK Ruzomberok who snapped their losing streak to record a first EuroCup Women win of the season. And, their 70-62 victory at Vilnius Kibirkstis was an essential once, since defeat would have eliminated them from the competition.
Head coach Stefan Svitek had a strong 19-10 final quarter to thank for the success, in addition to 21 points and nine rebounds by Sequoia Holmes as the Slovak club gained sweet revenge for their loss against their opponent on opening night.