Defending champions Dynamo Kursk and Basket Hainaut both preserved their respective unbeaten records on Thursday night to progress to the Eighth Finals of EuroCup Women.
|Stefanie Murphy was one of the major contributors to Hainaut's defeat of TED Ankara|
Basket Hainaut became the third French club to make it to the last sixteen of the competition, following hot on the heels of Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration and Nantes Reze who grabbed their place 24 hours earlier.
Hainaut had to work hard to shrug off Ted Ankara, but completed a double against their rivals to claim an 82-66 win, thanks mainly to a decisive and telling 16-6 run either side of the third and fourth quarter break.
This fourth Group B win in a row came courtesy of three excellent contributions from Marie Ayissi Stefanie Murphy and Amanda Jackson. Ayissi had 18 points and barely missed a shot all night, Murphy claimed 16 points and 10 rebounds although the most impressive performer was arguably Jackson who had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Mercedes Walker had 19 points and nine rebounds for TED Ankara who suffered from an off-night by Ana Dabovic, their main scoring threat.
Dynamo Kursk will certainly take some stopping this season and they evidenced this fact with a clinical display of power at Adana Botas where they strolled to a comfortable 86-62 success in Group F to progress to the next phase of the competition.
Ausra Bimbaite had the hot hand from downtown with four triples as she poured in 22 points. She was well supported by Eshaya Murphy and Epiphanny Prince who combined for 35 points, whilst Ekaterina Lisina had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Courtney Paris was outstanding as usual for the losing team with a superb 22 points, achieved from nine of ten floor shooting as she just missed out on a double-double by a solitary rebound. Adana Botas are still favourites to progress in second spot.
Dynamo-GUVD can claim to have one at least foot in the Eighth Finals after moving to 3-1 in Group D after getting over a sluggish start to eventually ease their way past BBC Sint-Katelijne-Waver 70-41. Yvonne Turner continued her good form by putting up 27 points whilst seventeen year old Hind Ben Abdelkadar had 18 points for the home side.
In Group E, Kayseri Kaski spor moved to within touching distance of a place in the Eighth Finals after finishing strongly to see off Horizont 70-55, although a major wobble at the start of the last quarter almost allowed the visitors back into the contest.
Kayseri only managed one basket in six minutes as the Horizont sensed what would have been a spectacular double having won the first meeting in Minsk. But, just as another huge upset beckoned, the Turkish team put their foot on the accelerator having rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time.
Evanthia Maltsi harvested 26 points for the winning team, whilst Sviatlana Valko also found her shooting range, albeit in defeat, to finish the game with a perfect four of four from the perimeter to grab 16 points.