Jones double-doubles her way to Top Performer honors
MUNICH (Germany) - There was double celebration for Brionna Jones on Thursday night as she led Nadezhda to the EuroCup Women Semi-Finals and earned Top Performer honors in the process.
The US center has been one of the most consistent players of the season, registering 13 double-doubles in 16 EuroLeague Women games. The 23-year-old is sticking to her habits in EuroCup Women, having finished with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in the first leg of the Quarter-Finals and topping it with a 19-point, 14-rebound showing in the return leg.
Jones reached her tally in impressive fashion, going 9-of-11 from the field while also adding 3 steals and 2 assists for an efficiency ranking of 33, as Nadezhda stormed from behind to take a 70-65 win at Perfumerias Avenida and make the Semi-Finals.
Jantel Lavender is joining Jones in the frontcourt of the Team of the Week after registering a second-best efficiency mark of 24. The experienced power forward was a rock for Famila Schio, who stunned Cukurova Basketbol in Mersin, 81-73 to overturn their four-point first-leg deficit and end the Turkish side's perfect run in the competition.
Lavender finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds, while Cukurova's Alina Iagupova bowed out with another remarkable stat line, ending the contest with 25 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds to make the Top Performer lineup one last time.
While Schio and Nadezhda will face each other in a clash of two former EuroCup Women Finalists, the other Semi-Final pairing will see BLMA and Spar Citylift Girona fight for a first-ever appearance in a European Final.
BLMA completed the double over Carolo Basket with a 67-53 win at home and could rely once more on their sharp-shooting guard, Samantha Whitcomb. The Australian international hit 4-of-9 threes on her way to a team-high 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The Team of the Week is rounded out by Girona's Gabby Williams. The 22-year-old forward joined the Spanish side ahead of the Quarter-Finals and proved her value in both games. On Thursday, she led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists, as Girona confirmed their first-leg success at Lyon ASVEL Feminin with a 61-54 triumph at home.