CCC Polkowice take last ticket, Carolo and Schio snatch their EuroCup Women spots
MUNICH (Germany) - On an eventful last night of the EuroLeague Women Regular Season, CCC Polkowice took the last remaining ticket to the Quarter-Finals.
While they were pipped 79-74 by ZVVZ USK Praha, Maros Kovacik and his team still advanced after nearest challengers Nadezhda failed to win.
Temi Fagbenle racked up 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the hosts, with Marija Rezan sensational for Praha with 22 points from 77% shooting and also pulling down 12 boards.
Meanwhile the biggest drama occurred in Charleville-Mezieres as local favorites Carolo Basket upset the odds as they recorded a famous 94-92 overtime win against the mighty Fenerbahce.
The result propelled the French side into the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals and was built around a competition season-high 14 assists from playmaker Amel Bouderra, plus a scintillating 28 points from Hailey Peters.
"That's a golden win!"enthused Carolo playcaller, Romuald Yernaux.
"We produced a game with much character. We were valiant. I'm proud of each of my players," he added.
Famila Schio are also into the last eight of EuroCup Women after they breezed past Nadezhda 82-50. Their rivals will be joining them there as well, after the Russian visitors were mainly undone by a typically impressive 18 points from Allie Quigley.
Although Schio did have to hold their breath briefly, since their safe passage was only confirmed by head coach Pierre Vincent's former employers Bourges Basket, doing the Italians a favor by beating ESBVA-LM 78-74.
The defeat cost ESBVA-LM their place and it was Cristina Ouvina who excelled for Bourges with 19 points and 4 assists.
Hatay were also denied EuroCup Women participation after they suffered a crushing 87-62 home loss to Dynamo Kursk, as Breanna Stewart poured in 17 points for the visitors.
There was a big victory for Sopron Basket at TTT Riga which ensured that despite only securing their place in the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Finals last week, they will head there as the second-placed team in the Group.
A stunning double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds from Candice Dupree paced a fine 79-71 success for the Hungarians, with head coach Roberto Iniguez thrilled to end a roller-coaster Regular Season on a high.
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He said: "We have finished second in an extremely difficult group, in which every game was very difficult.
"Defense was key and we are very happy! A couple of weeks ago, when everyone was talking about our problems, we said we were going to make it.
"I believed in my players and the job they are doing and I told them this in tough times. We will do everything in our power to now prepare for the Play-offs," concluded Iniguez.
Olympiacos had hoped to sign off their rookie campaign on a historical note with a first ever road win in the competition. But, they were denied 72-48 at Perfumerias Avenida.
Finally, reigning champions UMMC ensured a miserable season for Castors Braine as they won 95-69 in Belgium to cement a 13th straight loss for the hosts. Raisa Musina produced her best effort in an Ekaterinburg vest in the tournament this season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
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