Taurasi And Gala Topple Sparta&K

01.04.2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Turning Point: As Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje know only too well, there's nobody better in crunch time than Diana Taurasi and she made the big play at the end of the game to inflict defeat on her former team.

Game Heroes: Taurasi poured in 25 points while Ivanka Matic and Isil Alben enjoyed efficient shooting performances, both scoring 14 points.

Stats Don't Lie: There was very little between the teams although perhaps Sparta&K dipping below their normally impressive three-point shooting played a part. They shot 31.8% from downtown in this one.

A basket in the last few seconds by Diana Taurasi against her former club helped Galatasaray Medical Park to overcome Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje 73-71 as the hosts wrapped up their involvement with a second win of the tournament.

Despite being without the influential Tina Charles and Epifaniya Prints, Galatasaray made a rapid-fire start to the game and gained the upper hand.

Both teams were tied on 7-7 but the hosts outscored the former champions 18-6 to take a commanding 25-13 lead at the end of the first period. It was a super shooting performance by Galatasaray who shot almost 60% from the floor.

Their level of shooting barely dipped during the second quarter although this was absolutely necessary as Sparta&K worked hard to reduce the lead.

Trailing 35-25 they managed to make it a one shot game as Nika Baric scored but it was Gala who headed to the locker room on a high and with a 38-30 lead after Isil Alben wrapped up the first half-action with a triple.

Sparta&K regrouped and refocused at the break to enjoy an excellent third quarter, reminiscent of their opening game against Wisla. Collectively they did a much better job and particularly offensively with six different scorers in the third period.

This helped them to not only draw level but to take a 56-54 advantage into the last ten minutes after a score by Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic.

Both clubs enjoyed a share of the lead during the final quarter but neither could establish any real daylight and it was tied up at 69-69 with less than sixty seconds remaining.


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