Domestic Leagues Roundup

15.11.2011

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

7. Birsel Vardarli (Fenerbahce)
Birsel Vardarli and Fenerbahce bounced back from their shock defeat to Optimum Ted Ankara with a 31-point win at the weekend

SHOE ON OTHER FOOT

Optimum Ted Ankara sprung the surprise of the Turkish TKBL season just a couple of weeks ago when they upset Fenerbahce.

Now, the Ankara club knows how Fener must have felt because on Sunday, Deryan Ozyer's team fell in a 92-85 home defeat to previously winless Istanbul University.

Optimum Ted Ankara, who are in the EuroCup Women, lost despite a terrific offensive display from Gülşah Akkaya.

The Turkey international made five of six shots from long range and finished with 28 points.

Galatasaray are on top of the Turkish league standings with four wins in as many games while Fenerbahce are 3-1.

Gala won 88-63 at Samsun Basketbol and Fener rolled to a 94-63 home triumph over Homend Antakya Bld. Basketbol.

 

BOURGES FALL AGAIN

These are lean times for Bourges Basket, a traditional powerhouse in French women's basketball.

The team is 2-3 in EuroLeague Women Group A and now 5-3 in France's LFB after a 53-48 defeat at EuroCup Women side, Hainaut Basket.

Bourges are fourth, but fifth- and six-place Mondeville and Tarbes, respectively, also have 5-3 records.

This is a year of transition for Bourges, whose long-time coach Pierre Vincent left the team to coach ASVEL Villeurbanne in the LNB and Eurocup.

Veteran center Emmeline Ndongue is still recovering from the injury that knocked her out of the EuroBasket and required surgery, and veteran point guard Celine Dumerc has been out of action.

Valérie Garnier, the Bourges coach, will lead the team in Europe this week against unbeaten Group A favorites, Galatasaray.

As for Union Hainaut, they fully deserved their win over Bourges.

They were led by the 14 points scored by Ashley Houts.

"It has been a team effort," she said.

"Our work in training is pay off.

"We had to stay together and concentrated with the injury to Clemence (Beikes).

"We must continue to improve so that when she returns, we will be better.

"It's a big win we must prepare for the next game with Gran Canaria (in the EuroCup Women)."

 

NO WAY, JOSE!

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow are unbeaten in Poland and have just one loss in the EuroLeague Women but that is no cause for celebration for coach Jose Hernandez.

15. Jolene Anderson (ESB Lille Metropole)
Jolene Anderson of Lotos Gdynia is full of praise for her star compatriot, Galatasaray's Diana Taurasi

It certainly isn't a reason to ease up and not go all out for victory in any game, including the PLKK.

Against Odra Brzeg, Wisla won on Saturday, 69-48.

Wisla led 29-10 by the end of the opening quarter, but the effort was lacking the rest of the way, according to Hernandez.

"I'm happy just with the first quarter of the game," Hernandez said.

"I cannot accept what happened from the start of the second.

"If a team fails to fight for 40 minutes, defeats like the one that took place in Brno will be repeated more frequently."

Hernandez decided to give Nicole Powell and Paulina Pawlak the day off.

"These are the players that have so far spent a lot of minutes on the basketball court," Hernandez said.

"But it cannot be any excuse that the rest of the team did not fight at 100%. We need to change the approach to the game.

"It is true that we have won all games in the league and four in the EuroLeague Women. Our balance sheet is 12 victories in 13 appearances, but it cannot be that we give cause for satisfaction to visiting team's coaches after the games played in Krakow.

Wisla host Rivas Ecopolis this week in EuroLeague Women Group C.

 

ANDERSON ADMIRES DIANA

Another Polish team in the EuroLeague Women is Lotos Gdynia and they seem to have grown in confidence, despite losing for the fourth time in five games last week at Galatasaray.

In the end, the Turkish team needed a spectacular Diana Taurasi to lift them to victory.

Jolene Anderson of Gdynia tipped her hat to Taurasi, who scored 21 points in that win.

"Diana is certainly one of the best athletes in the world and with this, I cannot argue," Anderson said. "On the court, she does things that no one is able to repeat.

"When you feel that you are able to stop it, then she does something else.

"But also, playing against her is very pleasing because by doing that, you can become a better basketball player."

After romping to a 77-56 victory at KK Row Rybnik, Lotos Gdynia now take on VICI Aistes in a game both sides need to win to maintain a realistic hope of advancing to the next stage of the competition.

VICI Aistes hammered Uni Seat Györ last week in Group A.

"Our team is not afraid of anyone," Anderson said.


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