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Beretta-Famila Thump Galatasaray To Reach Final

12 March 2008

Beretta-Famila destroyed Galatasaray in Italy on Thursday night 84-67 to storm into the final of the EuroCup Women where they will take on BC Moscow.

Having lost the first leg by eight points in Istanbul, the Schio team made sure very early on they would progress to the title game with a blistering start to the contest.

Beathny Donaphin had 20 points to lead Schio with Italy internationals Laura Macchi and Raffaella Masciadri contributing 14 apiece.

The hosts clawed back the eight-point deficit from the first leg by scoring 10 straight for a 14-4 advantage midway through the opening quarter.

Masciadri and Macchi hit jump shots before before Mudju Ngoyisa split a pair from the charity stripe to cap the run.

The surge that effectively killed the hopes Gala came early in the second quarter after Vickie Johnson's jumper had trimmed the deficit to 30-21.

Macchi buried a three-ball with 8:27 to go in the first half and nearly three minutes elapsed before Elisabetta Moro also struck from long range before Donaphin added a basket for a 38-21 lead.

Galatasaray would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 23.

The Turkish team missed all nine of its shots from three-point range, compared to a scorching 53.3% (eight of 15) for the winners.

The Italian outfit also shot the ball well inside the arc, making 24 of 42 (57.1%) while Galatasaray were 21 of 52 (40.3%).

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