Another stunner for Johannes, bitter sweet for Yacoubou and Powers mom keeps it real
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - The last week of the EuroLeague Women Regular Season is in the books and we caught up with some of those involved, as well as seeing see how it played out on social media.
Famila Schio were the last team to snatch their ticket as they went down 65-58 in Salamanca against Perfumerias Avenida, but avoided the 11-point loss that would have seen them settle for EuroCup Women.
Had it not been for a towering 22 points from Isabelle Yacoubou, they may now be looking forward to the EuroCup Women draw.
Instead, they are excited to be confirmed among the EuroLeague Women elite - even if their joy has been tempered a little by the prospect of facing the unbeaten champions in the post-season.
"We're in the Euroleague Women top 8, again. We knew that playing in Salamanca is always a very hard job but, we came to play and it was great as we did it. We'll now play against Kursk which is very difficult, but we will be ready," insisted Yacoubou.
So.....yet another reason @MarineJ5 is the present and the future for @BourgesBasket @FRABasketball - the sweetest volleyball assist 😍😍😍 - shows her instinctive feel for the game and skills 🙌 #EuroLeagueWomen pic.twitter.com/dmsmDnynIu— Paul Nilsen (@basketmedia365) January 31, 2018
Despite the loss, Bourges still came up with some positives and not least, yet another Play of the Week contender and possibly one of the assists of the entire Regular Season.
Aerial Powers continues to infect Fenerbahce with her positive energy and play, but even when parts of her game breaks down, she always has her mom to watch over her and put things into perspective.
Yooo I had two back to back T.O.s today and my mom sent me this. 🤣🤣 I couldn't even be mad anymore 🤣 pic.twitter.com/AOBdOmb6Wc— Aerial Powers (@aerial_powers23) February 1, 2018
She was quickly making a case to her talented daughter after Fenerbahce's 62-68 success at Wisla CANPACK.
After being tipped to potentially struggle at the start of the campaign, ZVVZ USK Praha showed their teeth by taking third place in Group A.
That was confirmed when they won 71-75 at Castors Braine - much to the delight of their travelling fans.
Yessssss @joey_leedham13 - we 👀 you taking @ESBVALM into the @EuroCupWomen Quarter-Finals with the potential @euroleaguewomen top performer line of the week 🔥🔥🔥 20 points, 10 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals! Flying the flag 🇬🇧 #BritishBasketball #EuroCupWomen #EuroLeagueWomen pic.twitter.com/xmmwskrIfR— GB Basketball (@gbbasketball) January 31, 2018
Even if they have had an inconsistent season, the final result in past campaigns has been remarkably consistent according to head coach, Fred Dusart.
He explained: "This is the fifth Quarter-Finals of EuroCup Women in a row. It proves how this Villeneuve side is able to compete in European competitions.
"This is great when we remember where we were six years ago. Against Galatasaray, we were good on defense, and we held them back in the paint," he added.