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02 November 2011

EuroCup Women

8. Ausra Bimbaite (Dynamo Kursk)
Lithuania international Ausra Bimbaite contributed 8 points to Dynamo Kursk's easy opening win

Dynamo Kursk have won their share of games in the EuroCup Women, a competition they have taken part in every year since 2006.

Chalk up another victory for the Russian club because they launched their new European campaign on Wednesday with an 83-53 romp in Group F over Olimpia of Belarus.

After taking a 34-26 lead to half-time, Kursk lowered the boom in the third quarter.

They outscored their opponents 24-12 in the frame to take a 58-38 stranglehold on the contest.

The team coached by Alfredas Vainauskas ended up winning, 83-53.

Among the star performers for Dynamo was Anna Petrakova, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Yuliya Rytsikava added 14 points and there were big performances from Natalia Vodopyanova and Michelle Snow.

Vodopyanova, a member of Russia's EuroBasket Women gold-medal winning side back in 2007, had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Snow finished with 10 points and 11 boards.

Olimpia got 16 points and nine rebounds from Alina Iordan, their 23-year-old center from Ukraine.

Jantel Lavender poured in 21 points, Turkey international Yasemin Horasan 17 and Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points and 11 rebounds as Besiktas prevailed 69-58 in Belgium over Lotto Young Cats.

For Lotto Young Cats, Emma Meesseman, the MVP of the U18 European Championship after leading Belgium to the gold medal this summer, had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Hainaut Basket turned on the style in their confrontation with Lemminkainen, winning the Group D game, 86-65 in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Amisha Carter finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the winners from France.

Veteran center Petra Stampalija added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Gran Canaria trailed in the fourth quarter but ended up outscoring Flying Foxes 23-11 in the frame to record a 54-47 triumph in Group D.

14. Petra  Steger (Flying Foxes)
Petra Steger and the Flying Foxes looked good in their first home game but fell late to Gran Canaria

The game was knotted at 47-47 after a jumper on a fast-break by Nicole Soulis for Flying Foxes.

Gran Canaria's Leticia Romero drew a foul and sank both free-throws to put the Spanish club back in front.

The visitors scored the last seven points of the game.

Optimum Ted Ankara followed up their surprise win over Fenerbahce with a 68-62 victory over Belgians Dexia Namur.

Matee Ajavon, the architect of the weekend triumph over Fener, had 23 points against Dexia while Demya Walker weighed in with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Turkey international Gülsah Akkaya, who played on the silver-medal winning side at this year's EuroBasket Women, poured in 16.

The 24-year-old power forward Saynur Tozlu had a game-high 13 rebounds to go with her four points for the winners.

Ifunanya Ibekwe scored 13 points and corralled eight rebounds to lead Dexia.

Another side from Turkey, Botas Sports club, rolled to a decisive 90-52 victory at Lombos in Portugal.

The visitors delivered a first-quarter knockout, outscoring Lombos 24-7 and they stretched that to 47-22 by half-time.

At the break for Botas, Quianna Chaney had 14 points and Courtney Paris 12.


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