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Group:  C | 06.02.2013, 17:00h
Group:  C | 06.02.2013, 17:00h
56-51
16 - 1113 - 1218 - 149 - 14
16 - 1113 - 1218 - 149 - 14
Venue: Prague (CZE) |
Spectators: 990 |
Referees: Milan Brziak (SVK), Miodrag Licina (SRB), Alexander Eger (AUT)

GAME REPORT


Prague Triumphant, Tears For Mondeville

32. Rebekkah Brunson (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Rebekkah Brunson recorded her second double-double of the season

There were contrasting emotions for ZVVZ USK Prague and USO Mondeville as the former punched their ticket for the play-offs with a hard-fought 56-51 victory to leave the latter reflecting on what might have been.

Both teams knew what they needed to do heading into the contest and it was a really intense tussle - or at least right up until near the end of the third quarter when Prague made a decisive and game-changing burst.

It had initially looked as if USO Mondeville might be left stranded on the starting line when Prague jumped out of the blocks and into a 15-4 lead, but they recovered in double-quick time by scoring seven of the next eight points.

Their recovery continued, and approaching the midway point of the second quarter, they managed to tie the game through Noel Kuin.

But, Prague finished the half strongly as successive baskets by Kia Vaughn put them 29-23 to the good.

The hosts then exploded during the latter part of the third period when after leading by just three points, they outscored Mondeville 12-4 to take control at 47-37.

Whilst Prague suddenly found themselves with one foot in the play-offs, it wasn't to prove a comfortable passage since the visitors held them to just nine points during the last ten minutes.

Having halved the gap, Mondeville ran out of time and slipped to defeat.

A potential reprieve also went up in smoke as Perfumerias Avenida got the win they needed at Novi Zagreb to confirm the end of the road for the French club.

Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Prague and Kristen Sharp top scored in the game with 20 points for Mondeville.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: ZVVZ USK Prague - USO Mondeville

USO Mondeville head coach Hervé Coudray
"We wanted to win to get into the next round. We did not play well in the first minutes - we did not play how we wanted. Then it improved and I am proud of my team, how they fought. The teams in our group were very equal, it was a big fight."

USO Mondeville player Kirsten Sharp
"USK did a good job and achieved what they wanted - they got into next round. I am happy for our young team, we fought. I believe that we will get back stronger next year."

ZVVZ USK Prague head coach Natalia Hejkova
"It was a blood, sweat and tears game. If we fought in other games as we did today, we would not get into such troubles. There were some mistakes, but [the] first ten minutes were really good and then we played as we wanted. It was a game of defence."

ZVVZ USK Prague player Katerina Elhotova
"I had a good feeling from the game and the work of the whole team. I liked also that we co-operated on offence, we do not play such team basketball every day. We played what we wanted. I think that the zone defence after the inbounds worked well and also helped."

Accumulated statistics

36.5%

23/63
FG
M/A

30.4%

17/56

38.2%

21/55
FG2P
M/A

31.6%

12/38

25.0%

2/8
FG3P
M/A

27.8%

5/18

66.7%

8/12
FT
M/A

92.3%

12/13

40

11/29
RT
RO/RD

42

10/32

12

AS

7

13

TO

17

8

ST

5

1

BS

3

16

PF

17

56

Pts

51

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