Phard Napoli fall at home to Dynamo Moscow

17 November 2005

Phard Napoli battled until the end but they were unable to stop visitors Dynamo Moscow on Thursday.

The Russian outfit won for the third time in four games, 66-60, with Tammy Sutton-Brown scoring a game-high 21 points and hauling down 10 rebounds and Oxana Rakhmatulina pouring in 17 and pulling down five boards.

Keeping the bigger Russians off the boards was a concern beforehand for Napoli and it proved to be justified as Dynamo grabbed 44 rebounds - twice as many as the Italian team.

Francesca Zara (Phard Napoli)
Francesca Zara had 12 points for Phard Napoli
Dynamo trailed only once in the game at 28-27 with just over six minutes left in the second quarter following a three-pointer from Alicia Thompson.

Sutton-Brown & Co moved back in front, however, and built a 44-34 lead midway through the third quarter.

Phard refused to go away and went on an 8-0 run to tie the contest at 48-48 a minute and a half into the fourth quarter, but Dynamo seemed to always have an answer.

Sutton-Brown, a 1.93m center, made a lay-up and was fouled, and sank the free throw for a three-point play.

Francesca Zara made a jump shot to take her points tally to nine and pull the home team to 51-50, only for the 1.90m forward Kamila Vodickova to drain a jumper and then 1.8m guard Rakhmatulina to score successive baskets for a 57-50 lead.

After that score, three times the Napoli team cut the deficit to five but they were unable to get any closer with Sutton-Brown and the 1.90m forward Natalia Vodopiyanova putting most of the points on the board for Dynamo.

Vodopiyanova finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

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