Fenerbahce Survive Sopron Scare

22 January 2014


35. Angel McCoughtry (Fenerbahce)
Angel McCoughtry found her shot early for Fenerbahce to finish the game with 15 points, alongside seven boards

Fenerbahce gave up just three points to hosts Sopron in the final six minutes of their Wednesday encounter and escaped with a hard-earned 57-53 victory to stay undefeated at the top of the Group B standings.

The Turkish side had to dig deep in Hungary in order to extend their winning streak in this EuroLeague Women season to seven games.

In a clash that was too close for comfort from tip-off to final buzzer, Fenerbahce reached the half-time break holding a fragile 36-34 lead.

They appeared to be opening a gap when Anastasiya Verameyenka made one of two shots from the foul line and gave them a 43-36 lead, their biggest all night, with 3:51 left in the third quarter.

It was a mirage though, as point guard Iva Ciglar drilled a triple 49 seconds from the end of the period to put the resilient hosts ahead, 45-44.

Sopron, who were now entirely convinced they were capable of delivering the upset, claimed a three-point lead, 50-47, when Kelly Faris sunk another three-pointer with 5:59 left to play.

In a low-scoring affair like this however, Fenerbahce could count on the likes of Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Cappie Pondexter.

The backcourt duo combined for 11 crucial points in the clutch while the Hungarian side only managed to score three points from free throws the rest of the way and neither side scored in the final 100 seconds.

McCoughtry led all Fenerbahce scorers with 15 points and added seven rebounds, Bibrzycka and Pondexter finished with 11 points each while center Isabelle Yacoubou collected a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.

Ciglar and Tianna Hawkins each scored a game-high 17 points for Sopron in defeat.




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