Bourges Defeat Rivas, Advance To Post-Season


Bourges are finally able to celebrate after beating Rivas Ecópolis 66-58 on Wednesday evening to clinch a spot in the EuroLeague Women post-season.

Emmeline Ndongue had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, who improved to 5-5 and sealed a fourth-place finish in Group C.

Rivas, newcomers to the competition, had won their first seven games but they have now suffered three straight defeats.

Javier Fort's side will enter the Eighth-Final Play-offs as the winners of Group C.

Bourges went in front to stay with a 12-2 first-quarter run that gave them a 12-4 advantage.

After going to half-time with a 33-24 lead, the hosts extended that to 47-33 on an Essence Carson jumper.

An Anna Cruz three-pointer trimmed the gap to 49-45 early in the fourth quarter only for Bourges' Paoline Salagnac to answer immediately with a jumper.

Jennifer Digbeu then knocked down a three-pointer for the French for a 54-45 lead.

After going in front by 10, Bourges saw Rivas cut the gap to 61-55 with 2:48 remaining but they got no closer.

Endene Miyem and Carson contributed 13 points apiece for Bourges.

Rivas got nine points and nine rebounds from Crystal Langhorne with Cruz and Catherine Joens each scoring nine points.

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