Charles Saves Galatasaray At Bourges

16.11.2011

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

31. Tina Charles (Galatasaray)
Tina Charles sealed the road win for Galatasaray, avoiding a a major upset in Bourges

Galatasaray avoided a major upset at Bourges Basket on Wednesday in Group A of the EuroLeague Women.

The Turkish club, among the favorites to win the title, prevailed 66-65 to remain unbeaten in Group A at 6-0.

Trailing 65-64 after Bourges star Catherine Joens took her points haul to 25 with a jumper, Galatasaray coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu called a timeout.

Just as nearly everyone expected, Gala's Diana Taurasi got the ball in her hands and attempted a jump shot but missed.

However, Tina Charles grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Marielle Amant.

The Team USA star went to the line and sank both free-throws for a one-point advantage.

Bourges got the ball to Joens for one last attempt but her three was off target as Gala scraped the narrowest of wins.

While Taurasi has made most of the headlines with the club this season, Charles was the MVP on this occasion.

She finished with a Herculean 25 points and 18 rebounds.

Bourges, who slumped to 2-4 in Group A with the defeat, were nine of 23 from long range with Joens hitting five of her 13 attempts.

Gala were just three of 16 from long range and 21 of 56 inside the arc but did sink 15 of their 18 free-throws.


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