Fenerbahce Fight Off Late Sopron Charge

13 November 2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Birsel Vardarli (Fenerbahce)
Birsel Vardarli looking for her teammates as Fenerbahce extended their home-winning streak to 15

Turkish champions Fenerbahce made it 15 EuroLeague Women home wins in a row after a red-hot start gave them the eventual cushion needed to see off gutsy UE Sopron 71-64 in Group B.

The Hungarian visitors were always underdogs heading into the contest and in a one-sided first quarter, they found themselves 24-9 behind and with a mountain to climb.

Home favourite Birsel Vardarli set the tone for the initially rampant hosts, dishing up five assists during the early stages.

The superior rotation and quality of Fenerbahce looked like a major blowout could be on the cards, but Sopron showed real fight, led by Zsofia Fegyverneky and Tianna Hawkins who eventually combined for 35 points.

And, it was honours even across the middle two quarters as Sopron tried to establish a tangible foothold in the game.

Fenerbahce looked to have then choked off the resistance when Isabelle Yacoubou made it 68-48 with just over five minutes to play, but Sopron then launched what looked an impossible but near-stunning salvage mission.

They outscored their opponents 16-1 and got to within four points with just over 20 seconds remaining, before Yacoubou sealed the deal for Fenerbahce who completed their twelfth win in a row against Hungarian opposition.

Angel McCoughtry was typically influential for Fenerbahce and collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.


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