BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Mante Kvederaviciute made a strong claim for inclusion in the Lithuanian national team this summer, following an MVP performance for Vilnius Kibirkstis in the final of the Lithuanian Cup|
There were a number of Cup Finals played out across Europe over the weekend, with a trio of EuroCup Women clubs all celebrating the clinching of domestic silverware.
SERBIA: DABOVIC MVP FOR PARTIZAN
There was delight for Partizan Galenika as they cruised to a 103-71 win against Radivoj Korac in the Milan Ciga Vasojevic Serbian Cup. Having dispatched Vojvodina Nis in the semi-final game, a 36-11 third period for Partizan proved decisive and ended any prospect of continued resistance from their opponents. A 21-point haul from Milicia Dabovic won her the MVP accolade, with the Serbian national team player continuing her impressive form that was on show last summer.
BULGARIA: FOUR IN A ROW FOR DUNAV 8806
Bulgarian side Dunav 8806 dipped their toes into the waters of EuroCup Women for the first time this season, but they are no strangers to landing domestic success after scooping their fourth consecutive Bulgarian Cup. After firstly getting past Montana 2003 in the semis, they proceeded to rout current league leaders Neftohimik 2010 87-69, thanks mainly to 45 combined points from Kristina Santiago and MVP Amanda Johnson.
LITHUANIA: FINAL FOUR CUP JOY FOR KIBIRKSTIS
Lithuanian national team hopeful Mante Kvederaviciute gave head coach Algirdas Paulauskas plenty to ponder after being crowned MVP of the Lithuanian Cup Final Four as Vilnius Kibirkstis finished on top of the podium. The 22-year-old guard missed the final cut for EuroBasket Women qualification last year, but is doing everything she can to force herself back into contention. She poured in 23 points against Jaunieji Talentai in the semi-final and followed it up with another 21 points in the Final against Hoptrans Sirenos to fire her team to a 66-58 success.
FRANCE: CLOSE CALL FOR FRENCH LEAGUE LEADERS
With EuroLeague Women teams not involved in domestic action over the weekend, French League leaders Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration had the chance to consolidate top-spot with Bourges very much pre-occupied by their play-off series against Wisla Can-Pack.
They were able to breath a sigh of relief as they scraped to a 72-70 road win at Nantes Reze thanks to a game-winning basket from Kristen Mann. Geraldine Robert had 17 points whilst Croatian forward Ana Lelas weighed in with 15 points.
Third placed Perpignan were left shell-shocked after being trashed 64-46 at Villeneuve d'Ascq, as former FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Emma Meesseman scored 15 points. It was a result which helped fourth placed Lyon believe in a top-three finish after they overcome nearest challengers Basket Landes with a 69-53 win.
Meanwhile at the opposite end of the table, there was more woe for Hainaut Basket who crashed 90-75 at Charleville, despite 30 points from Amanda Houts. Consequently they remain second-to-last in the standings and in deep relegation trouble.