Fantastic Fifth Straight Win For Gala

21 November 2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

10. Isil Alben (Galatasaray)
Point guard Isil Alben fueled Galatasaray's win with 17 points

Galatsaray protected their unbeaten status in EuroLeague Women Group C after grabbing their fifth consecutive win of the campaign with a convincing 79-69 success at Perfumerias Avenida.

The Turkish giants made the most of the hosts' failing three-point game to ease to victory as Avenida slumped to a third loss in four games.

The Spanish side jacked up 19 triple attempts in the game, but only managed to get two to drop, as they struggled to make inroads into an imposing Galatasaray defensive presence in the paint.

They had actually competed very well during a first half which ebbed and flowed both ways, the game tied by Marta Xargay at 21-21, but the visitors sneaking ahead 33-29 by the time the break arrived.

It was however, a slightly different story when the contest resumed.

As the game continued to unfold, Galatasaray began to wear their opponent down more and more with their superior depth, and once they made a decisive 8-2 run during the fourth quarter to go 78-64 ahead, it was the end of the road for Avenida.

Nicole Powell had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the losing team but was generally well shackled, whilst Isil Alben had 17 points, five rebounds and four assists for Galatasaray, for whom Ann Wauters, Sancho Lyttle and Lindsay Whalen also impressed.


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