Galatasaray Dodge A Bullet In Polkowice

07 November 2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Isil Alben (Galatasaray MP)
Isil Alben was one of three players to top-score for Galatasaray with eight points

For the second consecutive week, Galatasaray squeezed out a narrow win in EuroLeague Women Group C to remain unbeaten after escaping from CCC Polkowice with a 50-48 success

The Turkish visitors did everything they could to try and throw the game away during the closing stages; almost squandering what had looked like an unassailable 48-38 lead during the last four minutes.

As Gala hit a drought and got careless at the worst possible time, Polkowice almost grabbed the moment with both hands.

Having looked dead and buried, they were fantastic in the closing stages and had a chance to either win from three-point range or at the very least, force overtime.

They should have completed one of those two missions but Belinda Snell couldn't convert with a jump-shot and then Magdalena Leciejewska missed a makeable put-back from the offensive rebound.

As a relieved Ozge Yavaz clutched the ball in her hands as the buzzer sounded, Galatasaray celebrated a third successive victory.

There was even more to cheer about with Lindsay Whalen making a belated debut for the Istanbul club whilst the defence which has been so important to date, again proving to be a major factor.

Ultimately some terrible shooting proved to be costly for the hosts who had pretty much controlled the glass.

Laia Palau had a mixed night with eight points and eight assists but could barely make a shot. That was the story of the evening for the guests with not one Galatasaray player reaching double-digits.


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