Fenerbahce Continue To Roll

07 April 2014
4. Isabelle Yacoubou (Fenerbahce)
 Isabelle Yacoubou hustled hard inside for 11 points
Turning Point: Trailing 38-36 in the third quarter, Fenerbahce took control of the contest by finishing the period with an 11-0 run, holding Kayseri scoreless for over four minutes.

Stats Don't Lie: Fenerbahce shut down Kayseri's three main offensive threats, with Camille Little, Lara Sanders and Tanisha Wright shooting a combined 27% from the field.
Game Heroes: Isabelle Yacoubou was a real handful under the basket to claim an efficient 11 points and while Angel McCoughtry didn't have her most productive night, she still claimed a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Fenerbahce got off to a winning start at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight in Ekaterinburg after riding to a 64-58 Group A win against fellow Turkish side Kayseri Kaski spor to extend their unbeaten record in Europe to 15 games.

Arriving back at the scene of their previous EuroLeague Women defeat - last year's final - Fenerbahce had to work hard to see off a resilient Kayseri side making their Final Eight debut.

That left head-coach Roberto Iniguez simply relieved to have taken a victory, admitting his team were not at their best.

"We have seen in recent years that every first game is very difficult," he explained.

"Some of the players feel a lot of stress about this, but eventually I recognised my team both in offence and defence during the third quarter.

11. Nuria Martinez (Kayseri Kaski spor)
Nuria Martinez was a shining light in defeat, scoring a game-high 19 points

"I am just happy to have won the game and I know we can play better and especially with an improved three-point shooting percentage because 1-of-15 was not normal for us."

Both teams struggled to find any rhythm during the early exchanges, with Italian forward Sabrina Cinili taking the honour of scoring the first ever basket for Kayseri at the EuroLeague Women Finals.

The opening contenders for the tournament highlights reel soon emerged as Isabelle Yacoubou and Nuria Martinez exchanged ‘and-1' plays at opposite ends of the court.

Fenerbahce initially edged 15-11 ahead, but there was nothing to separate the teams as Tanisha Wright levelled the game at 23 before Ivana Matovic helped put Fenerbahce back ahead 28-25 at half-time with ten points off the bench.

When the action resumed, Kayseri continued their aggressive approach and managed to get themselves two points in front.

However, Fenerbahce came alive and locked down their opponents during the remainder of the third quarter to move 47-38 ahead.

When Polish star Agnieszka Bibryzycka scored a spin-move to the basket to make it 55-44, Kayseri never looked likely to bridge the gap and so it proved, despite the best efforts of Martinez.

The Spaniard sunk a triple to reduce the damage to 57-51 with four minutes left, but it was to be in vain. The guard finished with an excellent 19 points for the losing team.






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