USO Slip Past TEO Vilnius

12 December 2007

USO Mondeville squeezed past TEO Vilnius down the stretch to secure only their second victory in EuroLeague Women Group D.

The French side recovered from a poor start to take a narrow lead into the fourth quarter and just held on as the tension got to both teams in a low-quality final 10 minutes.

Caroline Aubert starred with 21 points and six rebounds for USO (2-4), whose only other pool win up to this point had been their tremendous 91-62 thrashing of Dynamo Moscow.

TEO's American guard Nykesha Sales had a game-high 25 points in vain as the Lithuanians slipped to 2-4 as well.

The visitors enjoyed a great start, scoring the last six points of the first quarter to go 21-10 up.

They then stretched their advantage to 14 points (31-17) but USO went on a 8-0 run and finished the half just 36-32 behind.

By then, Sales (16) and Aubert (13) were the only players to have got into double figures.

USO had the better of the third quarter and took a two-point cushion (56-54) into the final 10 minutes.

It was nip and tuck at the start of the fourth period before both teams went ice cold. Between 7:18 and 2:54 left, only five points were scored in total.

Rima Valentiene's three-pointer with 2:22 left brought TEO level at 64-64.

But Naura El Gargati and Pauline Jannault each drained one of two from the charity stripe to put USO back in the lead at 66-64.

With the tension mounting, Lithuania guard Sandra Valuzyte missed her jumper with 17 seconds left as USO held on.

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