It took a month to play, but after four weeks and with the Euroleague entering its first (three-week) break, there are no more undefeated teams!
Thanks to an extraordinary effort by Poland’s BC Polkowice in an 83-80 win over USK Praha, there are now seven teams tied at 3-1 between Group A and Group B.
Polkowice’s defense was outstanding, limiting Praha to 21% on 3-point shooting and blocking seven shots. Both teams scored 10-0 runs, though Bragg only served to close a 14-point gap in the third quarter.
Things got tight towards the end of the game, as Sasa Cadjo hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 2:12 on the clock. Stephanie Mavunga He added a few points after a minute to make it 83-80 for Pulkovichi, and Praha missed the last six shot attempts on the field.
The game lived up to high expectations, with three players receiving the highest proficiency scores this week. Mavunga was the MVP thanks to his 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks (36 efficiency) in just 30 minutes. Two players from Prague were close to those heights: Alyssa Thomas He put up a double double (21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists) and Valerian Vukosavljevic finished with 28 points, six boards, four dimes and four steals.
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The trio of Spanish teams continue their winning ways
What a Tuesday for all three Spanish teams in the Euroleague! Valencia, Avenida, and the more impressive Girona won their matches for the second week in a row. All three now sit at the top of their group with records of 3-1 through the first third of the season.
Girona faced the ultimate test, hosting defending champions Sopron at home. In a low-scoring game where the teams combined to make only five three-pointers, Girona tackled Sopron, 63-60. Girona started the match 3-0 but did not take the lead again until the start of the fourth period. Sopron had a (literal) shot at tying the game with seven seconds on the clock, but his three-point effort was blocked by Irati Etksaari.
It was not a match full of individual excellence, but three players on each side reached double figures, with Jelena Brooks 15 points ahead of Sopron. Rebecca Gardner (15 points, five rebounds) was Girona’s leading scorer, while Maria Araujo struggled, shooting 37.5% from the field on 16 attempts, and finishing with 13 points and seven boards. For Sopron, Dear Magpiegur And the Britney Sykes He failed to score 10 points but contributed across the board with a total of 10 rebounds, five dice, five steals and three blocks.
It wasn’t as close as Avenida’s final score showed in a 79-72 win over the Belgian Cangueros on Tuesday. The Spaniards only led by three points with seven minutes left in the third period, but everything went wrong for Michelin from that moment on. Avenida embarked on a scoring drive and pushed the margin to 16 points with just five minutes left in the game.
The Kangoeroes were demolished on the glass, skipping 39 to 21 and taking just five offensive board possession to 13. Those 18 offensive board points turned into a second chance for the Spanish side. The only statistic in which he led the Belgian team was in personal fouls, which tells you everything you need to know about the issue. Even then, four Mechelen players were down by more than 12 points Lisa Volcano And the Morgan Birch They both score 19. Swings killed the Kangoeroes, with Bertsch losing five possessions and Laure Resimont four.
While Avenida enjoyed a bright day from Mariella Fasola (19 points) Erica McCall (15 points, five boards), Mayte Cazorla (16 points, six assists) and Aleksandra Crvendakic (six points, 11 rebounds, seven dimes) also reached double figures in one statistic category each.
Finally, it’s fair to call it a throwback from Valencia over the past three weeks and a change. Valencia defeated fellow new Euroleague Virtus Bologna in their first match of the season, only to lose to Praha one week later. But the Spanish side won victories against KSC a week ago and Tango Bourges on Tuesday by a score of 76-68.
Using a rare 12-man rotation, Valencia outplayed a French team led by Yvonne Anderson and 35 minutes of playing time. No other Borg player has scored more than 27, while no Valencia player has topped 31. Anderson was extraordinary, scoring 20 points to go with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block. Her teammate Letitia Gabo contributed ten points, six boards, five steals and four assists, while Elodie Godin had 12 rebounds.
Valencia Lauren Cox (13), Alba Torrens (14), Raquel Carrera (12) and Marie Julich (10) Score in double digits while also grabbing at least four rebounds and blocking one pass apiece. Valencia left it late, and it wasn’t until the fourth period that he parted ways with Borg.
KSC and Fenerbahçe continue to improve their records
How strange is it to find KSC and Fenerbahçe together in such a sentence? Last season, KSC finished with a score of 0-14 while Fenerbahçe reached the Euroleague final after finishing the regular season with a record of 13-1. This year, after a month of play, both teams have the same 2-2 record and are fighting for fourth place in Group A.
Of course, one of these two teams will find plenty of reasons to celebrate this early race, while the other won’t be so happy about it.
KSC is coming away with its second win of the season after defeating Olympiacos 78-69 on Tuesday. While it’s been a bumpy road so far for KSC, alternating wins and losses, on the Hungarian side Fenerbahçe has already been defeated And now they are defeated The best team in the playoffs.
As had been the case all season, Olympiacos opted for a heavy rotation with Megan Gustafson (37 minutes), Angeliki Nikolopoulou (37 minutes), Kylie Shock (36) and Aina Ayusu (33) All play is over 30 minutes. Three of them reached double figures, with Gustafsson having a game-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds, but none of them finished with a plus-minus plus.
None of the KSC players topped 33 minutes of play, but Cyesha Goree and Victoria Vivians Scored 19 points in a while Ruthie Hibberd He added 15. Gorrie’s efficiency of 29 came from pairings that he scored with 13 boards (along with four dimes and two steals), while Agnes Studer contributed 11 dimes and four steals.
Emma Meissman He returned to Fenerbahçe for the first time last weekend in the domestic league after getting injured with the Belgium national team in September. Then she made her EuroLeague debut this season on Tuesday with a phenomenal performance that made her look like she never skipped a beat: 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
Currently boasting a 4-point lead (287 points for 291 against four games), Bologna is having a difficult season for the first time in the Euroleague. Eliana RobertThe double hits of 17 points and 10 rebounds didn’t help, either Cecilia Zandalasini18 points. Cheyenne Parker She played 27 minutes but had a game she won’t forget, contributing just four points, two rebounds, one steal while turning the ball over twice and hitting only two of her seven field goal attempts.
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Landes winless in Group B. Jonquil Jones lifts Cukurova
Landes gave up his fourth game of the season, has yet to win a game, and could be staring down a very long year if things don’t take a 180-degree turn after the break. The French team was decimated 58-78 by Famila Scheu on Tuesday, and despite trailing by just two points in the second quarter, things only got worse from there.
Skew scored in sets, leading by as much as 21 points. Marina Mabry He scored 23 points to go with four boards, five dimes and a pair of steals. Jasmine Keys had 14 double-double points and 14 rebounds. Asto N’Dour Scored 15 points. and Martina Bestagno Ryan Howard Added seven each.
Landes was at least Regan Magarity, who had 15 points and six rebounds but finished with a plus-minus-17. Despite this, Lediga Turcinovic was the worst player on that front at -28 in 24 minutes, the third-lowest mark from a player this season.
Jonquil Jones She made her presence felt in her third game for Cukurova of the season, hitting her third double. She finished the only game on Wednesday with 15 points and 15 rebounds along with a ten dime, one steal and one block. She now averages 19.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1 steal per game, making her the only player to average a double-double. And the 1-1-1 in the other three statistical categories.
No wonder Cukurova easily handled Hungary’s DVTK with a 77-58 victory that represented the biggest point difference this week. Not even a performance from another world Arila GerrantsHowever, coming close to the triple-double, was enough to keep DVTK close. Gerrants’ 24 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals is his first 20-8-8-4 game of the season and one of only three 15-8-8-4 streaks so far.
Cukurova started the season slowly (albeit against two Final Four entrants from last season) but now has two straight victories. All four WNBA imports are already on the roster (Brian JanAnd the Bonner’s DiwanAnd the Tiffany Hayes and Jones) and perform up to expectations.