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Valenciennes Edge Out Kosit

28 November 2007

US Valenciennes Olympic held off Kosit 2013 Kosice in a tight Group C clash on Wednesday to secure a second successive victory in EuroLeague Women.

The French champions had 19 points from France shooting guard Emilie Gomis as they went to a 2-2 record and jumped to third place in the pool.

Luisa Michulkova poured in a game-high 22 points and also grabbed 10 boards in an impressive personal display, but could not prevent the Slovakians going down to a third defeat in four.

Fellow forward Ivana Jalcova weighed in with 19 points for the hosts.

Francesca Zara scored seven points of her 16 overall points for USVO in a first quarter that ended 13-10 to the visitors.

But Kosit went on a 12-4 run at the end of the half to take a 26-21 lead into the interval.

By that stage, USVO's shooting had been dreadful, draining just five from 22 (22.7%) from two-point range.

It improved after the interval though and after pulling level, the French side went on a 7-0 run to take a 42-34 lead.

Starting the final quarter 46-39 up, USVO managed to keep that cushion and although the Slovakians closed to within two points (60-58) with 1:03 remaining, a pair of Krissy Bade free throws sealed the win.

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