USO Slip Past TEO Vilnius


USO Mondeville squeezed past TEO Vilnius down the stretch to secure only their second victory in EuroLeague Women Group D.

The French side recovered from a poor start to take a narrow lead into the fourth quarter and just held on as the tension got to both teams in a low-quality final 10 minutes.

Caroline Aubert starred with 21 points and six rebounds for USO (2-4), whose only other pool win up to this point had been their tremendous 91-62 thrashing of Dynamo Moscow.

TEO's American guard Nykesha Sales had a game-high 25 points in vain as the Lithuanians slipped to 2-4 as well.

The visitors enjoyed a great start, scoring the last six points of the first quarter to go 21-10 up.

They then stretched their advantage to 14 points (31-17) but USO went on a 8-0 run and finished the half just 36-32 behind.

By then, Sales (16) and Aubert (13) were the only players to have got into double figures.

USO had the better of the third quarter and took a two-point cushion (56-54) into the final 10 minutes.

It was nip and tuck at the start of the fourth period before both teams went ice cold. Between 7:18 and 2:54 left, only five points were scored in total.

Rima Valentiene's three-pointer with 2:22 left brought TEO level at 64-64.

But Naura El Gargati and Pauline Jannault each drained one of two from the charity stripe to put USO back in the lead at 66-64.

With the tension mounting, Lithuania guard Sandra Valuzyte missed her jumper with 17 seconds left as USO held on.


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