Taranto Overcome Riga To Stay Top


EuroLeague Women

Cras Basket Taranto defeated TTT Riga to retain sole possession of first place in Group A of the EuroLeague Women.

Cras won 56-42 to improve to 6-1 and go a game clear of second-place Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.

The outcome has left Riga bottom of the pool at 1-6.

Taranto will play in the post-season while Riga have only a slim chance of advancing.

Brooke Smith had 14 points and France international Elodie Godin 11 for the winners.

In a low scoring game, Cras went in front to stay late in the first quarter.

Smith's jumper knotted the contest at 12-12 and Megan Mahoney's two free-throws followed.

At the end of the opening frame, Riga's Dita Krumberga scored to reduce the arrears to 16-15.

By half-time, Cras were on top 33-23.

An 8-0 run late in the third quarter left the Italians with a 47-29 lead and they cruised the rest of the way.

Shavonte Zellous had 14 points in defeat for Riga.

The Latvian club made just 10 of 20 at the free-throw line and were 10 of 32 from the field.

Taranto were 21 of 44 from the field and eight of 12 at the charity stripe.

They out-rebounded the visitors 38-32.

Kimberly Butler had eight points and five steals in a losing effort.


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