|07 November 2012|
|Dewanna Bonner made the go-ahead shot as Nadezhda inflicted Fenerbahce with their first loss|
Nadezhda inflicted a first loss of the season on Fenerbahce after clinching a nail-biting and dramatic 65-64 home-floor success in EuroLeague Women Group B.
In an entertaining contest between two closely matched teams, the result was still hanging in the balance right up until the last few seconds when DeWanna Bonner made the decisive score.
The opening half saw both teams enjoying periods of dominance, with Fenerbahce storming into a commanding 26-15 first quarter lead only for Nadezhda to outscore their opponents 23-9 during the second period.
It set up an absorbing second half as firstly Nadezhda sensed victory, moving in front 46-35 courtesy of a three-pointer by Renee Montgomery.
But Fener exploded with a 21-8 run either side of the final quarter break to regain the lead.
Nadezhda looked to have lost their impetus, especially when Angel McCoughty sank two free-throws with less than 30 seconds remaining to put the visitors ahead.
However, Bonner had the last say with the game-winning basket as she finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
She was well supported by Zane Tamane who had 11 boards and also Natalia Zhedik who had an excellent 19 points, five rebounds and three assists.
It proved an unhappy first return to Orenburg for Anastasiya Verameyenka who was unable to make much of an impression.
Cappie Pondexter impressed for the losing team with 14 points.