Nowhere To Turn For Napoli

21 November 2007

Andrea Balas-Pirine Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic each scored 19 points as MKB Euroleasing Sopron improved to 2-1 in Group A of the EuroLeague Women with an 82-69 home win over Phard Napoli.

Bernadett Németh (MKB Euroleasing)
Bernadett Németh dished out six assists for MKB Wednesday night.
The Hungarians used a 15-0 fourth quarter run to put away the Italians, who must worry about their chances of advancing past the Qualifying Round after dropping to 0-3 in the group.

Olexandra Gorbunova added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Sopron, and Albena Branzova chipped in 12 points for Norbert Szekely's team. 

Astou Ndiaye led Nino Molino's Italian side with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Turkish national team player Yasemin Horasan added 16 points and Cedra Holland-Corn scored 14.

Holland-Corn hit a lay-up to give the Italians an early 10-3 lead on the road, and two more foul shots by the American guard pushed the advantage to 18-8.

Branzova's lay-up trimmed the deficit to 24-19 after one period.

The Hungarians scored the first six points of the second quarter to grab the lead, which would go back and forth throughout the period and Adia Barnes's jumper pulled Napoli to within 40-38 at the break.

The third quarter was also a see-saw affair which saw seven lead changes, the last coming on Paola Mauriello's three-pointer at the buzzer for a 59-57 Napoli advantage going into the fourth.

Sopron small forward Balas-Pirine Karolyi drained a three-pointer to start the final period and Mauriello hit a jumper to give Phard their final lead of the game, 63-62, with eight minutes remaining.

Balas-Pirine Karolyi hit another long-ball and was followed by a three from the Serb national team power forward Milovanovic to spark a 15-0 run and a 77-63 margin with four minutes left.

Milovanovic's lay-up gave the Hungarians their biggest lead of the game 81-65.


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