Prague Do The Double Over Bourges

02 December 2009

ZVVZ USK Prague blew open a close game in the third quarter and rolled to victory over Bourges Basket in the Czech Republic.

Led by Lindsay Whalen's 18 points, Prague prevailed in the EuroLeague Women clash, 70-47.

By beating Bourges for the second time this season, Prague tightened their grip on second place in Group C.

They are now 4-2 while Bourges are 2-4.

Bourges coach Pierre Vincent, who led France to the gold medal at the EuroBasket Women this year, would have liked his side's position when they were knotted at 32-32 with 6:48 to go in the third quarter.

That's when the wheels came off for the French team.

Sonja Kireta hit a jump shot and Whalen followed with a three-point play for a 37-32 Prague advantage.

After Katerina Elhotova made one of two free-throws, Sandra Le Drean added a pair from the charity stripe.

Kireta, a former player at Bourges who reached the EuroLeague Women Final Four under Vincent, capped the 11-0 run with a three-point play.

The run had spanned just under three minutes.

Bourges got give straight points in reply from Ilona Burgrová, but in truth,  they never recovered.

Whalen made two free-throws, Cathrine Kraayeveld hit a jumper and Elhotova sank two more free-throws before finishing the quarter with a lay-up to make it 51-37 in favor of Prague.

The points surge carried over into the fourth quarter with a Kireta jump shot and a three-pointer by Kraayeveld extending the lead to 56-37.

Lubor Blazek's side pulled away for a decisive triumph.

Prague out-rebounded Bourges 42-33.

They were also much better shooting the ball on the night, hitting 20 of 39 (51.2%) inside the arc compared to Bourges' 17 of 54 (31.4%).

At the free-throw line, Prague made 18 of 20 while Bourges were seven of nine.

Kireta and Kraayeveld scored 10 points apiece.

Bourges were led by Burgrova's nine points.

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