|18 October 2012|
|Angel McCoughtry led Fenerbahce to their eighth President's Cup with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds |
Fenerbahce have landed the opening blow of the 2012-13 campaign against Galatasaray.
The Eastern Istanbul outfit scooped the first piece of domestic silverware on offer this season by taking their eighth President's Cup.
The emphatic 62-45 win brings Fener level with their arch-rival in terms of the number of President Cup successes.
They did prevail however against a depleted Galatasaray team that was missing a number of headline names, including Alba Torrens, Nevriye Yilmaz, Sancho Lyttle and Lindsay Whalen.
Roberto Iniguez's team took command in the second quarter when they outscored Gala 20-12 for a 30-22 half-time lead.
They never looked back.
"We played as a team," Iniguez said.
"That's important to me.
"I'm happy about this."
Fenerbahce made arguably the most significant signing of the summer when acquiring Anastasiya Verameyenka and the Belarus national team center paid a big dividend against Gala by scoring 10 points and corralling 12 rebounds.
"My team played with a lot of heart," Iniguez said.
"But for me, the game is over.
"What's more important is the next game."
Angel McCoughtry racked up a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way and perhaps make up for being shunned in the WNBA season awards.
The forward didn't land a place in either the first or second teams - despite being the league's leading scorer during the regular season.
Her Fenerbahce team-mate Cappie Pondexter did make it into the WNBA First Team line-up, along with UMMC Ekaterinburg forward Candace Parker, Seimone Augustus of Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje, who was honoured for the very first time, whilst Wisla Can-Pack recruit and former Galatasaray star Tina Charles was crowned MVP.