Chevakata lit it up on Thursday night in EuroCup Women, as they overturned an 18 point first-leg deficit against Antakya to reach the Quarter-Finals for the third successive season.
Glory Johnson had endured a rare off-night during a disappointing 79-61 first-leg defeat, but was back with a vengeance to secure 21 points and 12 rebounds. Yulia Kiseleva gave great support with a double-double to help destroy Antakya on the boards 51-31 and set up the victory.
|Chevakata celebrating their qualification for the Quarter-Finals|
Having initially trailed by 20 points in the tie, Chevakata outscored their opponents 21-10 in the second quarter, before finishing off the disappointed Turkish club in the last period. Only Shekinna Stricklen performed anywhere near par on the night for Antakya with 18 points and five rebounds.
MBK Ruzomberok endured a miserable start to the season, but those are now distant memories after they claimed a memorable 69-60 road win at Dynamo-GUVD to progress, having lost by three points at home in the first-leg.
Some deadly perimeter shooting made the difference for the Slovakians and piled the pressure onto the hosts who needed a big contribution from point guard Yvonne Turner - but it didn't materialise. She fouled out in the dying seconds to add insult to injury, with the damage already done by that stage.
The visitors were always up in the contest after the initial exchanges, and whilst a three-pointer by Anastasia Shilova made it a one-shot game in the context of the tie with 30 seconds remaining, Janka Mincikova showed nerves of steel as she iced four free-throws in the clutch to clinch victory.
It was a true team effort from MBK Ruzomberok who had no real stand-out performer, whilst Natalia Myasoedova had 19 points for the distraught Russians.
Dynamo Kursk had little trouble disposing VS Prague in the wake of their relatively tight first encounter which resulted in a three-point win for the defending champions. This time, it was a very different matter on home soil as they coasted to a commanding 81-51 success.
A potential shock for Prague never looked like materialising after a rampant opening quarter which Dynamo Kursk won 29-8. Epiphanny Prince had 17 points and nine rebounds, whilst defensively, Natalia Vodopyanova and Maria Cherepanova combined for 10 steals. Karolina Elhotova had 10 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
A terrible shooting night from Mersin handed a quarter-final place to visiting domestic rivals Kayseri Kaski spor, who managed to ease their way through after building on their modest four point lead from the first game.
They emerged with a 63-55 win, taking full advantage of the Mersin big-hitters, Shavonte Zellous, Chantelle Handy and Bahar Ozturk all combining for a disastrous 8 of 40 from the field. It was a far cry from a brilliant 18 points and 19 rebounds from Erlana Larkins who didn't deserve to be on the losing team. Lara Sanders and Asjha Jones both put up telling double-doubles for the visitors.
A quick-fire start by Hainaut Basket against Horizont looked to have them on their way to the quarter-finals. Having sneaked a two-point win in the first-leg, they opened up the return fixture with a commanding 32-15 start - only for the visitors from Belarus to respond with a 21-7 run to make it a one-shot game.
But, Hainaut pulled themselves together and re-assumed control to eventually ride out 62-52 winners, as Laura Garcia inked a wonderful 28 points, five rebounds and three assists. Kristina Alikina led Horizont with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
|Ruzomberok celebrate their victory on aggregate over two legs over Dynamo GUVD|
Dynamo Moscow are also safely through after shrugging off their one point first-leg loss at home and a slow start in Tarbes to eventually shoot the lights out and prevail 88-80. Crystal Langhorne was unstoppable with 26 points off the back of 11 of 13 floor shooting, and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Kristi Toliver took care of the backcourt duties with 11 points and nine assists, whilst Irina Sokolovskaya fired five triples. Angelica Robinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Tarbes.
Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration were made to sweat in a big way by Adana Botas, but the French league leaders can now breathe a little easier after coming back from a poor first-half to punch their ticket.
Up by seven points from the first-leg, BLMA were horrified as firstly Botas wiped out the deficit almost instantly, and then went ahead by as many as 15 points in the game. But, a strong performance in the second half, helped the hosts to a 69-66 success as Emilie Gomis hit a three in the dying seconds to ice the celebration cake.
Geraldine Robert continued her excellent season with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists, as did Courtney Paris for Botas who claimed her customary double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds.