Holders End Qualifying Round On A High

EuroCup Women
21. Anna Petrakova (Chevakata)
Anna Petrakova averaged 20.8 points for unbeaten Group A winners Chevakata

Olga Chatzinikolaou and Dimitra Kalentzou won the 2009-10 EuroCup Women title earlier this year.

They look to be in the reckoning once again this season if Thursday is anything to go by.

Greek internationals Chatzinikolaou and Kalentzou combined for 30 points as Sony Athinaikos rolled to an 81-45 win over Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb.

In their second win against the Croatian team in the two-team Group D, Ioannis Ktistakis' team raced into a 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 39-27 lead by half-time.

They killed the game off over the next 10 minutes, outscoring Lupa 24-8, and then cruised in the fourth quarter.

Kalentzou drilled three shots from the arc and finished with 13 points.

She added two assists and three steals while Chatzinikolaou, one of the best defenders in Europe, had five steals to go with her 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Athinaikos won the first encounter between the sides 83-51.

In Group A, Chevakata whipped Lemminkainen 98-48 in Vologda with Anna Petrakova scoring 23 points and Jessica Davenport adding 21 with nine rebounds.

The Russians improved to 4-0 while dropping their Lithuanian opponents to 1-3.

That game was effectively over by the end of the first quarter when Chevakata had a 31-12 lead.

Spartak Noginsk clinched second place in Group B with an 86-58 drubbing of SCM-CSS Craiova.

Nelli Nevzorova and Olga Speranskaya each had 16 points in the win for the Russian team.

Ramone Tarta scored a game-high 17 in defeat.

There was also a Russian winner in Group F as Dynamo - GUVD won 77-64 over Elitzur Ramla in Novosibirsk.

Dynamo had a mean one-two punch in Ana Dabovic and Sheana Mosch with each player scoring 25 points.

The win clinched first place for Dynamo - GUVD.

The closest contest of the night took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, where Aris survived a late Besiktas comeback and won, 68-66.

In a vital result that lifted Aris into second place at 2-2 and dropped Besiktas to 1-3, Anna Spyridopoulou had 19 points for the winners.

Iziane scored 23 in defeat.

Aris had a commanding 66-49 advantage with 5:25 to go and scored just two points the rest of the way.

Lithuania international Iveta Salkauske poured in 21 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in defeat.

The other game of the night was played in Hungary where Seat Györ won 81-55 over Vagos.

Latvia international Ieva Kublina had 18 points for the winners.

Györ had already clinched second place but they finished their Group H campaign with five wins and one defeat - level with Nantes Reze Basket

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Istanbul, TUR
Vologda, RUS
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Sibenik, CRO
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Craiova, ROU
Györ, HUN
Vagos, POR
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