TTT Riga Suffer Heartbreak At Phard Napoli

23.01.2008

Phard Napoli upset TTT Riga 68-65 on Wednesday to knock the Latvian club out of the EuroLeague Women.

Riga went into the contest fourth in Group A, but with the same 3-6 record as fifth-placed ESB Lille Metropole.

French club Lille upset Fenerbahce 60-59, meaning Riga had to win their game in Italy but Phard Napoli ruined their night and European season.

Kedra Holland-Corn (Phard Napoli)
Kedra Holland-Corn did a lot of damage to TTT Riga on the night

In the first half, TTT Riga had a 25-12 lead but they weren't able to build on the advantage.

Instead, Napoli, with Kedra Holland-Corn doing much of the damage on offense, charged back and tied the game at 37-37 four minutes into the second half.

Corn had nine of her game-high 22 points by that stage.

The Italian club then went in front, and with 3:30 left, led 64-54.

Riga, remarkably, appeared to save their season by reeling off 11 straight points to take a 65-64 lead with Micaela Martins Jacintho's three-ball capping the run 1:19 from the end.

Turkey international Yasemin Horasan sank a couple of free throws to put Phard Napoli back on top at 66-65, yet four missed shots from the charity stripe by the hosts in the last 35 seconds left the door open for Riga to pull level again.

However, Ticha Penicheiro's three-ball was off target at the end as Phard Napoli won for just the second time in the EuroLeague this season.


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