The first day of the EuroLeague Women Final Four is in the books and for our money we got plenty of great basketball including an overtime thriller between Bourges and hosts Brno.
In the great tradition of the Faurie Files here are some news and notes from the semi-finals.
"We were better, that's all."
-Nadejda Hejkova, coach of Spartak Moscow after their win over Ekaterinburg.
"Snell was the best player on the court."
-Jana Vesela of Brno after her teams come from behind win over Bourges.
"No, I don't think at all that we were lucky with some decisions of the referees."
-Jan Bobrovsky, Brno's coach
"We have the feeling that we've had the game stolen from us. This defeat is painful. We deserved to be in the final."
-Pierre Vincent, Bourges coach
Keywords from the semi-finals
Only one mascot survived to friday. Brno's Frog jumped to Final, whereas Masha, the Ekaterinburg Fox, was captured by Spartak's hunters.
The most happy and proud baby was probably Dylan, Tina Thompson's boy, who attended all the games.
Ana Cata-Chitiga, the center from Bourges, was the youngest player of this Final Four. She was born on 20th of June, 1989 in Romania, but has French nationality.
Bourges also has the oldest player, Cathy Melain who was born on 19 May 1974.
In a previous column, we said that Belinda Snell should be an attraction during this Final Four. The Australian scored 29 points against Brno.
Kristi Harrower of Ekaterinburg was the smallest player. "The Shrimp" is only 1.62m tall.
Croatian Sonja Kireta and Czech Petra Kulichova were the tallest players, at 1.98m.
By the numbers
Four continents were on the court at the beginning of the Brno vs. Bourges game. Oceania with Snell, Africa with Maiga-Ba and North America with Whitmore joined all their European counterparts.
Cathy Melain is playing in her 8th Final Four in Brno. She has won three times (1997, 1998, 2001).
Minutes without the lead for Brno against Bourges.
The time played by Russian players in the semi-final. Only four stepped on the court: Abrosimova with Ekaterinburg and Karpunina, Schegoleva and Osipova for Spartak.
Belinda Snell, the Australian player from Bourges shot 100% on free throws after 25 days in French League.
What we loved
Free Basketball: which is what we got in the Brno-Bourges overtime thriller.
The enthusiastic Brno's fans: The Green People made a terrific noise.