Defence Is Key Again For Galatasaray

14 November 2012


35. Bahar Caglar (Galatasaray)
Bahar Caglar and her Galatasaray teammates forced 21 turnovers by Mondeville

Galatasaray turned the defensive screw in the second half of a hard-fought battle with USO Mondeville and it paid dividends as they claimed a 58-47 home success to extend their winning streak.

After a slow start which witnessed the hosts fall 20-14 behind to the in-form French club, they gradually grew in influence although they still found themselves trailing by five points heading to the locker rooms.

But, it proved to be a very different second half as Galatasaray eventually began to blunt the offence of the visitors in the paint.

And, with ace playmaker Lindsay Whalen pulling the strings in the backcourt, Gala began to exert their influence and especially with a 9-2 run either side of the final quarter break.

That put them 52-43 ahead and gave USO Mondeville too big of a gap to bridge as Herve Coudray and his players struggled in vain to protect their own unbeaten record which ultimately came to an end.

They were however led superbly by Naignouma Coulibay and Laetitia Koumba. The former had nine points and a monstrous 18 rebounds whilst the latter claimed a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

With Ozge Yavas not stepping out for Galatasaray, Whalen played the full 40 minutes and produced 15 points, five rebounds and three assists as Gala moved to 4-0 in Group C.


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