Slovak Republic: Karnay Upbeat Despite Loss

03.02.2005

Delta Kosice coach Vladimir Karnay was proud of his players despite seeing them go down 89-72 to joint Group B leaders Dynamo Moscow.

Delta managed to stay on the heels of their more talented opponents until the fourth quarter, when superb shooting - particularly from Natalia Vodopyanova, who ended with 21 points and also claimed 10 rebounds and six assists - pulled Dynamo clear and earned them their eighth win of the campaign.

Jennifer Smith was top scorer for the the hosts with 19 points, while the game was robust center Gwen Slaughter's final outing for Delta before her return to the United States.

Katie Douglas had a game high 24 points in Lietuvos telekomas' win over Brno
"I have to thank all my players," said Karnay. "Dynamo Moscow are one of the best teams in Europe.

"This was our best performance in the EuroLeague this season."

Vodopyanova paid tribute to her opponents, who battled gamely until they were overwhelmed in the final period.

"It was a tough game and Kosice played well," said Vodopyanova.

"But we took control of the game in the last quarter and showed who is the better side."

Bourges remain neck-and-neck with Dynamo level at the top of the group, after a convincing 95-64 victory over Loko Trutnov.

Meanwhile Gambrinus Brno coach Jan Bobrovsky blamed poor rebounding and slack shooting for his side's 54-50 defeat to Lietuvos Vilnius in Group A.

The leaders lost a great opportunity to pull clear of the chasing pack by falling to their nearest challengers in a tight contest in front of a crowd of 1500.

Forward Taj McWilliams top-scored for Brno with 16 points. But impressive Lietuvos guard Katie Douglas took the plaudits, pouring in 24 points as the home team, who are now level on points with Brno at the summit of the table, took a commanding advantage into the final quarter - and never looked back.

Bobrovsky said: "We played quite well in the first half even though both teams' shooting was very bad.

"We did not rebound a couple of important shots near the end of the game and that led to us losing. We missed some easy shots in the first half as well. For example, (Jana) Vesela missed when she was wide open under the basket twice.

"We did not play well but I think my team were better throughout the game."

In the other game in group A, St Petersburg claimed their fifth win of the campaign with an 84-60 success at Baltiysk, who have lost 11 out of 11 and remain rock bottom in the table.

There is no catching VBM-SGAU Samara in Group C, and they made it 11 wins out of 11 with a crushing 95-49 triumph over Dexia Namur.

In the same group Lotos Gdynia strengthened their grip on second place by overcoming Szolnok 84-51.


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