Schio Squeeze past Wisla For Seventh

01.04.2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Turning Point: The game was still in the balance during the last minute but three successive offensive rebounds by Cheryl Ford kept the ball in possession of Schio when it really mattered.

Game Heroes: Ford had an impressive double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while Maja Erkic finished with an efficient 15 point haul.

Stats Don't Lie: Wisla-Can Pack were beaten up 45-33 on the boards and including 14 offensive rebounds which cost them dearly.

Beretta-Famila Schio signed off their Final Eight campaign with a first victory in Istanbul as they edged past Can-Pack with a 65-62 success to resign their winless opponent to last spot.

Schio started like an express train and raced out to a 9-0 lead to leave Wisla playing catch-up during the first quarter. The Polish club eventually managed to ease their way into things although they barely scraped into double digits and trailed 16-10 heading into the second quarter.

Laura Macchi scored from downtown to put Schio 21-12 ahead and by the interval, the Italian side still held a healthy lead at 38-30 - despite missing their other seven attempts from three-point range.

Cheryl Ford was doing the damage in the paint with 11 points and six rebounds during an impressive display.

Wisla Can-Pack head coach Jose Hernandez was clearly not satisfied with the performance of his players and coming out for the second half, they looked like a different team.

While Macchi initially opened the scoring with a pair of free-throws, Wisla then exploded with a 14-3 run. Anke De Mondt was central to their renaissance, making successive baskets to put her team 44-43 ahead.

A lay-up by Raffaella Masciadri at the end of the third quarter allowed Schio to get their noses back in front but once more it was Wisla who posted a big run, this time outscoring their opponent 12-4 to jump into the lead at 57-52 with four minutes remaining.

Schio needed someone to step up and it was Maja Erkic and Liron Cohen who assumed the responsibility with the former producing a stunning seven point burst inside the space of just over sixty seconds and the latter firing five points in a row as the pendulum swing back once again.

It set up an intriguing last minute or so as Erin Phillps kept Wisla in the game with a three-pointer but they just couldn't keep Schio off the offensive glass and that proved decisive.


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