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|Angel McCoughtry led the way for Fenerbahce with 20 points and nine rebounds|
FENER CLAIM FINALS LEAD
Fenerbahce have the upper hand in their Turkish Finals showdown with Galatasaray after beating their rivals in Game One.
In a battle of sides that competed at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, Angel McCoughtry had 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Fener to a 75-69 victory.
Both sides are without key players.
Cappie Pondexter, who wasn't able to play during the Final Eight for Fener because of the limits on foreign players, is able to play in the domestic league and she had 17 points in the victory over Galatasaray.
Birsel Vardarli, Turkey's outstanding national team point guard, poured in 14 points for Fener.
The 2011 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year Alba Torrens of Spain was lost earlier this season to a knee injury, and Fener also lost Penny Taylor during the Final Eight to a torn ACL.
WISLA IN COMMAND
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow played at the Final Eight in Istanbul and they have a 2-0 lead against Energa Torun in the Polish League Semi-Finals.
Jose Hernandez's side romped to a 74-69 win in the opener and on Thursday rolled to an 82-54 triumph.
|Frisco Brno's Czech international Alena Hanusová had 25 points in the last game of the semi-final series with Trutnov|
In the second win, Wisla out-rebounded Energa Torun 42-27 and shot 55% (26 of 47) inside the arc.
"It is 2-0 (lead) and we need one more victory, but we still have another tough game because the difference between these teams is not as clear as the results showed," Hernandez said.
CCC Polkowice also have a 2-0 lead in their last-four clash with Lotos Gdynia.
In Thursday's 76-66 triumph, point guard Sharnee Zoll led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points.
EuroLeague Women outfits USK Prague and Frisco Brno will square off for the Czech ZBL title after sweeping their respective Semi-Final series.
Brno completed a 3-0 victory over Trutnov with a 70-57 win.
Czech international Alena Hanusova had 25 points and Sweden's Farhiya Abdi 24 for Brno in that third victory.
Prague, the defending champions, beat their city rivals Prague University 79-65 in Game Three after getting 18 points from the Czech star Katerina Elhotova and 17 from Delisha Milton-Jones.
They also have a Sweden international in Frida Eldebrink, and she contributed 14 points.