LOTOS PKO Edge Fener To Set Up Game Three

30.01.2009

LOTOS PKO BP Gdynia lived to fight another day in the EuroLeague Women by winning game two in their Eighth-Finals tie 63-60 at home against Fenerbahce.

Turkish giants Fener won the opener 87-83 in Istanbul and now they will have to claim another victory in front of their fans next week if they are to beat Lotos PKO to the Quarter-Finals.

The two sides conspired to score just 14 points between them in the final frame on Friday.

With 4:52 remaining, the visitors led 60-57 Nevin Kristen Nevlin.

Neither side scored again until Tamika Catchings buried a jump shot with 3:12 left to close the gap to one.

Belarus international Natallia Marchanka then put Lotos on top with a basket two minutes from the end.

Fenerbahce weren't able to make the plays down the stretch as Tammy Sutton-Brown missed two shots and Katie Smith, who had 28 points in the opener, turned the ball over twice.

After  Katsiaryna Snytsina scored with five seconds remaining to stretch the lead to three, Smith launched a three and missed.

Fener had one more chance after Birsel Vardarli got her hands on the ball but she, too, was off target as Lotos PKO held on.

Catchings had 16 points and seven rebounds for the winners and Marchanka contributed 13.

Smith had a game-high 19 in defeat, with Nevriye Yilmaz pouring in 17 and corralling 14 boards.


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