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Roundup: Iniguez Delivers Historic Title

24.04.2015
EUROPEAN ROUND UP
Fenerbahce head coach Roberto Iniguez
Head coach Roberto Iniguez led Girona to the title in Spain

A number of Championships have been determined around Europe, including former Fenerbahce play-caller Roberto Iniguez taking Spar CityLift Girona to their first Liga Femenina title.

 

JOY FOR GIRONA AND INIGUEZ

Returning to the Spanish League after a rest in the wake of his departure from Fenrbahce, Iniguez picked up the reins at Girona for the last stretch of the season and delivered silverware to extend his incredible Liga Femenina record.

After his team completed a 2-0 sweep of EuroLeague Women competitors CB Avenida with a convincing 72-54 success to spark scenes of jubilation, it extended his unbeaten record to 32 games - meaning he has still not lost a single game in Liga Femenina.

His second title came mainly courtesy of Iffy Ibekwe who claimed an impressive 22 points and 10 rebounds in a Girona team featuring the likes of Lithaunia national team player Vita Kuktiene and Latvian guard, Elina Babkina.

The result means that Avenida missed out on the coveted title once again, having lost to Rivas Ecopolis last year.

 

NORTHLAND CROWNED SWEDISH CHAMPS

There were also joyous scenes for Northland Basket in Sweden as they took a thrilling 87-84 victory against regular seasons winners Udominate Basket to take a 3-1 success in the Finals series.

Katie Bussey starred with 24 ponts and there was a vital cameo of 20 points from Sweden national team playmaker Martina Staalvant as Northland successfully defended their crown.

 

MORE JOY FOR CASTORS BRAINE

It has been a wonderful season for Castors Braine and having made a thrilling run to the EuroCup Women Final during their debut season in the tournament, they have now defended their Belgian Championship.

Ainars Zvirgzdins and his team swept past Belfius Namur 2-0 in the Finals, finishing the job with an 83-74 win in the second game.

While Briana Butler did her best to inspire Namur with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, Castors had too much in their locker for the hosts.

13. Courtney Paris (IÜBGD), 8. Celeste Trahan (Castors Braine)
Celeste Trahan was crowned Belgian champion with Castors Braine

Kim Mestdagh added 18 points and nine boards ahead of her move to France next season, while Celeste Trahan racked up 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile after a couple of hugely successful campaigns, Coach Zvirgzdins confirmed he wouldn't be returning to the sidelines for a third season.

 

AGÜ SPOR INK TOLO, BEAT FENERBAHCE

It has been an exciting few days for Agü Spor Kulubu after they firstly announced they had signed highly rated Tango Bourges and Opals' center Marianna Tolo for 2015-16 and then went on to beat Fenerbahce 78-70 in the first game of the TKBL Semi-Finals.

Turkey national team center Lara Sanders led the way with 20 points, with Tina Charles responding with 21 points in defeat.

Galatasaray continued their hot form as they waltzed to another on-sided victory, this time taking down Adana Aski 75-49 behind 20 points from veteran star Nevriye Yilmaz.

 

BONNER TAKES NADEZHDA TO FINALS

Another massive contribution from DeWanna Bonner ended the dream of Dynamo Kursk extracting revenge for their EuroLeague Women loss against UMMC Ekaterinburg.

It will be Nadezhda who locks horns with UMMC in the Russian Premier League Finals after Bonner amassed 28 points in a 66-57 road success to win the three game series.

The headline effort of Bonner was supported by Candice Dupree who added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

 

ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE

There will be high drama in Greece after Panathinaikos collected a 60-56 win against AES Ellinikou to force a fifth and deciding game this weekend.

EuroLeague Women champions ZVVZ USK Prague crushed Hradec Kralove 94-52 in the opening contest of the ZBL Finals as the defending champions benefited from a shared 28 points from Katerina Elhotova and Kia Vaughn.

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