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Classy Cras Gun Down Galatasaray

03 December 2009

Cras Basket Taranto won for the fourth consecutive game in the EuroLeague Women on Thursday night by beating Galatasaray in Italy.

Roberto Ricchini's troops, taking on the side that defeated them in the EuroCup Women Final last season, won 77-63.

The result was especially sweet for Cras as they lost by 12 points at Galatasaray in the first week of the current European club season.

Michelle Greco poured in 19 points for the winners.

Included in her scoring haul was a three-of-five effort from long range.

The Italians have been sky high since upsetting Ros Casares a couple of weeks ago.

They got their noses in front of Galatasaray in the first quarter and stayed on top for the remainder of the contest.

Leading 9-8, Michelle Greco buried a three-pointer and Rebekkah Brunson followed with a jumper for a 14-8 advantage.

Yelena Leuchanka, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Galatasaray, replied with a jump shot to reduce the arrears to 14-10 only for a Megan Mahoney basket to give the hosts a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

A Sophia Young three-pointer for Gala reduced the arrears to 18-15 with 7:12 to go in the second quarter.

Cras replied with a 14-4 run for a 32-19 advantage and they stayed in command the rest of the way.

Both sides shot the ball well on the night, but from long range Cras were far superior.

They connected on nine of 18 shots from behind the arc compared to four of seven for Galatasaray.

Jami Montagnino was four of six from the three-point line for Cras.

Inside the arc, Ricchini's team was 20 of 34 while Galatasaray were 19 of 45.

Former TEO Vilnius and CSKA Moscow guard Katie Douglas played her first EuroLeague Women game for Galatasaray and had 16 points.

Cras improved to 4-2 while Galatasaray fell to 3-3.

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