Wins For Greek EuroCup Women Teams
Defending EuroCup Women champions Sony Athinaikos struggled for most of the game but eventually beat PAOK 65-44 over the weekend in Greece's top flight.
LaToya Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds and Greece international Olga Hatzinikolaou scored 12, grabbed eight boards, three assists and three steals.
Athinaikos found themselves in the uncustomary position of trailing at the end of the first quarter, 18-12.
By half-time, they were on top 31-26 but still only led 43-39 by the end of the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth.
Athinaikos were just four of 17 from long range.
"In the first half, we played very nervous," said the coach of Athinaikos, Ioannis Ktistakis.
"The opposing team gave us a lot of open shots that we were unable to capitalize on, which caused us great anxiety and did not allow us to find any rhythm."
The team played without injured national team point guard Dimitra Kalentzou.
|Nantes Rezé came from behind and beat Landes to claim their fourth domestic win in six games|
Esperides and Panathinaikos are each 3-0 in Greece as well.
Athinaikos take on Esperides on Wednesday.
Aris are also competing in the EuroCup Women and they were 80-58 winners at Apollon.
Aris stormed into a 20-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Triumphs For Arras, Nantes Reze
French EuroCup Women sides Arras, ESB Lille Metropole and Nantes Reze were all in action over the weekend.
Arras prevailed 70-61 over winless Calais.
Bruno Blier's team only narrowly avoided becoming the first victims of Calais (0-7), who led 51-43 with 10 minutes remaining.
Arras got 22 points from Leilani Mitchell.
They are in action this week at home to Reyer Venezia in the EuroCup Women.
Laurent Buffard's Nantes edged a close encounter against Basket Landes, 66-60, after getting 17 points from Mame Sy.
Nantes trailed 35-34 midway through the third quarter but pulled ahead by the end of the frame, 44-40 and held on for their fourth win in six games.
Nantes travel to Portugal to take on Vagos in the EuroCup Women.
Abdou N'Diaye's Lille Metropole fell to their fourth defeat in six games.
They trailed Union Hainaut 34-18 at half-time and crashed to a 66-51 defeat.
Mann Filter Triumph Over Gran Canaria
In Spain, Mann Filter Zaragoza thrashed Gran Canaria in a battle between two EuroCup Women sides.
Zaragoza saw their 33-20 half-time lead shaved to 47-40 with 10 minutes to go but then routed the visitors in the last frame, outscoring them 24-11 for a comprehensive victory.
Croatian Ines Kresovic erupted for a game-high 26 points for the winners.
Poland's EuroCup Women side, Energa Torun, brushed aside Inea AZS Poznan, 92-61.
Agata Gajda led the way with 16 points for Energa.
Saarlouis Royals defeated Rhein MB 74-69 after getting 15 points apiece from Stina Barnert and Petra Manakova.
In Italy, Umana Reyer Venezia fell at home to Faenza, 70-68.
Chevakata and Dynamo Moscow are 3-0 in the EuroCup Women but each is struggling in Russia's top flight.
Chevakata are 1-4 on the domestic front following a 78-60 home defeat to Nadezhda Orenburg while Dynamo fell 86-74 to Spartak M.R. Vidnoje and are now 2-4.
EuroCup Women side Szeged were no match for Pecs 2010 on Sunday, crashing to a 94-64 defeat.
Seat Gyor, meanwhile, were edged out 72-70 by MKB Euroleasing Sopron in a battle of high-fliers.
Iziane poured in 28 points for Turkish outfit Besiktas as they claimed a 72-62 victory at Alanya.
In Belgium, BBC Sint-Katelijne-Waver claimed a 78-69 victory at Deerlijk and Dexia Namur overcame Point Chaud, 73-70.