TEO Vilnius Win Behind Clutch Free-throw Shooting

29 November 2006

TEO Vilnius emerged 75-72 winners in a nailbiting EuroLeague Women encounter with Wisla Can Pack at the Lietuvos Rytas Arena.

The Lithuanian-based squad prevailed thanks to solid free-throw shooting down the stretch.

Trailing by one with two minutes remaining, Yelena Leuchanka was fouled.

She made both to put her side ahead 71-70 with 1:36 remaining and following a three-point misfire from Wisla's Jelena Skerovic, Leuchanka once again found herself at the charity stripe.

Again she made both, this time at the 1:13 mark, and Vilnius led 73-70.

Following a Wisla basket from Nataliya Trafimava, Ausra Bimbaite hit two clutch free-throws to put the home side ahead 75-72 with 17 seconds to go.

With a chance to tie, Skerovic was whistled for travelling with five seconds left and TEO was able to run out the clock to preserve their third win of the season.

Sandra Valuzyte (TEO Vilnius)
Sandra Valuzyte led TEO Vilnius with 15 points.
The setback leaves Wisla at 1-4.

TEO started brightly and didn't take long to open up an impressive lead over the Poles, ending the first quarter 26-17 ahead.

Algirdas Paulauskas' side increased their lead to as many as 17 in second quarter (40-23), but the visitors concluded the half on a 9-2 run to go into the interval trailing 42-32.

TEO's advantage dwindled to just eight points by the end of the third period, setting up an exciting finish.

A fourth-quarter charge saw Wisla take the lead after Dorota Gburczyk's two-pointer made it 68-67 with just under three minutes remaining in the game.

Anna Wielebnowska's free-throws at the 2:17 mark made the score 70-67 in favour of Wisla, but Sandra Valuzyte scored on the ensuing possession to make it a one-point game.

From there, TEO's free-throw shooting carried them to the win.

Valuzyte poured in 15 points and collected seven rebounds, while American Katie Douglas impressed with 13 points and seven assists.

Wisla's Dominique Canty was unfortunate to end on the losing side after racking up 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The visitors' struggles from three-point range ultimately proved costly as they shot just three from 19 from long range.


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