Roundup: Reigning Champs Start With Win

25 October 2012

EUROCUP WOMEN

14. Eshaya Murphy (Dynamo Kursk)
Eshaya Murphy had a good overall performance of 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as Dynamo Kursk brushed aside Adana Botas

Dynamo Kursk beat Kayseri Kaski spor in last year's EuroCup Women title showdown and both sides launched new campaigns in the competition on Thursday night.

Kursk defeated visiting Adana Botas and Kayseri fell in Belarus to Horizont.

Kursk are an ambitious team that could find its way into next year's EuroLeague Women.

For now, they want to repeat as champions in the EuroCup and Alfredas Vainauskas' squad could not have had a better start.

Temeka Johnson had a terrific all-round effort with 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Kursk prevailed, 79-64.

The hosts appeared to have a firm grip on proceedings with a 30-18 advantage early in the second quarter after an Ekaterina Lisina jump shot.

Adana Botas battled back and closed the gap to 34-31 when Quianna Chaney hit a three-pointer.

Adana threatened to overhaul the deficit but never pulled level.

In the fourth quarter, the Russians pulled away with a Johnson three-ball stretching the advantage to 63-45.

Dynamo had some nervous moments in the game but ultimately clinched a convincing victory.

Kayseri, meanwhile, slumped to a 78-73 setback to Horizont in Minsk.

Ukraine international Aleksandra Khomenchuk had 13 points and an eye-popping 17 rebounds for Horizont.

It was Belarus international Tatsiana Likhtarovich who put the hosts in front to stay.

Just three minutes into the second quarter with the game knotted at 44-44, the 1.80m point guard buried a jumper to trigger a 10-2 run.

Dynamo Kursk weren't the only Russian team to win on Thursday.

33. Natalia Myasoedova (Dynamo - GUVD)
Natalia Myasoedova turned on the style for Dynamo - GUVD as the center scored 24 points alongside her 9 rebounds

Dynamo - GUVD were 91-57 victors against BBC Sint-Katelijne-Waver and Spartak Noginsk rolled to a 63-43 victory over Belfius Namur.

In Novosibirsk, Dynamo - GUVD stormed into a 24-15 lead by the end of the opening quarter and never looked back.

They were led by Natalia Myasoedova's 24 points and nine boards.

Spartak, meanwhile, took control of their contest in the second quarter when they outscored Belfius Namur 21-6 for a 34-19 lead.

Ekaterina Chistyakova had 16 points for the winners.

French juggernauts BLMA got their EuroCup Women campaign off on the right foot, winning 77-67 at Satu Mare in Romania.

After going on top by 13 in the opening frame, BLMA allowed Satu Mare to fight their way back and pull even on five occasions in the third quarter and again early in the fourth.

Ana Cata-Chitiga's lay-up with 8:44 remaining started a 10-0 that put the Montpellier club in front to stay.

Fatimatou Sacko's 30 points and 10 rebounds led BLMA.

Another French outfit, Hainaut Basket, got a double-double in points and rebounds from Stefanie Murphy as they claimed an 82-51 win at Ted Ankara in Turkey.

Murphy finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

French side Nantes Reze also won their opening game, 81-68, at TSV Wasserburg.

The contest was never in doubt as Nantes Reze led 28-19 at the end of the first period and 49-33 by half-time.

Veteran guard Caroline Aubert had seven assists and seven boards to go with her five points for the winners.

The last game of the evening was won in thrilling fashion by Lotto Young Cats of Belgium.

Playing at Olimpia Grodno in Belarus, Lotto Young Cats won 75-74 after 22-year-old power forward Lien Lentacker drilled a three-pointer with just 45 seconds to go.

The game was tight from start to finish.

The Grodno power forward Maryia Rashchenia had a chance to win at the death for the home side but her lay-up stayed out.

Olimpia lost despite out-rebounding Lotto Young Cats, 52-37.


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