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Napoli’s Ndiaye Looks On The Bright Side

15.01.2008

Phard Napoli aren't likely to progress in the EuroLeague Women with just one win in eight games so far, but Astou Ndiaye is looking at the positives from the Italian club's campaign overall.

Ndiaye, a Senegal international, is the team's leading rebounder in Europe at 6.5 per game and the second-leading scorer with an average of 12.6.

I think we have lacked continuity, we haven't played 40 minutes of solid basketball and in the EuroLeague Women, you have to do that.
Astoud Ndiaye
Phard Napoli Center
"It's going well in the EuroLeague, though not as well as we wanted it to," the 1.90m center said to FIBA Europe.

"We just got our ninth straight victory in the Italian league, though.

"But we are just looking forward to getting more wins throughout this season.

"It's going to be hard for us to qualify for the next round of the EuroLeague women but mathematically, we still have a chance.

"It's going to be a challenge but with focus and determination, it can be possible."

Phard Napoli, who are bottom of Group A, trail TTT Riga (3-5) and ESB Lille Metropole (2-6) with two games remaining.

They have not been getting blown out in Europe, but the only team they have been able to beat so far has been French strugglers Lille.

The reason why Ndiaye and her teammates still have hope is that their two remaining games are against Lille Metropole, and TTT Riga.

"I think we have lacked continuity, we haven't played 40 minutes of solid basketball and in the EuroLeague Women, you have to do that," she said.

"The EuroLeague is a strong competition and you need to keep the intensity going for the entire game.

"We are going to France on Wednesday and we hope to get a win."

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