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Sopron Work Hard To See Off Pesky Arras

24 October 2012
EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

42. Shenise Johnson (UE Sopron)
Shenise Johnson made the right decisions in crunch time to spark Sopron's victory

UE Sopron needed a three-pointer in crunch time by Shenise Johnson to finally despatch Arras 56-52 in Group B after the French side almost came back from the brink to take an unlikely win.

It was hard work for the Hungarian club against an Arras team who just wouldn't lie down and gave themselves the best possible chance of success by ensuring a scrappy and defensively dominated game.

Struggling in the French League and not exactly brimming with confidence, the visitors who are arguably lacking in firepower, knew defence was the key and they almost did enough to dig out the victory.

Arras actually enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the first half, holding a 26-20 lead after a basket inside by Sandra Dijon, and they went on to briefly increase their advantage early in the third quarter.

However, they then began to wobble and Sopron subsequently pounced, outscoring their opponent 16-8 during the period to take control.

The hopes of Arras looked as if they had been comprehensively extinguished during the final quarter when Johnson made a jumper to put Sopron 52-41 ahead, but Arras came storming back to get home nerves jangling but it was too little too late.

Johnson finished with 16 points and Jelena Milovanovic celebrated her return to Sopron with a double-double.

Johanne Gomis recorded an efficient 12-point haul for Arras.

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