Movistar Estudiantes shock LDLC ASVEL Feminin, Green goes off on opening night
MUNICH (Germany) - The first night of a brand new EuroCup Women Regular Season is in the books and there was an instant surprise as Movistar Estudiantes claimed the scalp of heavyweight French club LDLC ASVEL Feminin.
The scenes of contrast could not have been more stark in Madrid as the hosts got the fiesta starting with a pulsating 70-67 comeback win, while Lyon trudged off the court not having won a game in any competition yet this season, in what are worrying times already for play-caller Pierre Vincent.
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Not least, since his side gave up a 30-9 last quarter and that was due to some super basketball from Estudiantes, with Laura Quevedo outstanding. She paced her team with 28 points and 6 rebounds, supported by 11 points and 13 rebounds from Nadia Fingall.
The other headline was written by British forward Cheridene Green as she poured in a massive 33 points.
Her stunning shooting performance, which also included 5 boards, was the foundation for DVTK to collect a 67-52 win against Hungarian rivals Ludovika-FCSM Csata, who had been looking for a maiden win in their first ever Regular Season outing. DVTK will be hoping to make a deep run this season having previously had EuroLeague Women ambitions.
Olympiacos SFP also amassed a commanding 103-68 triumph against Polskieprzetwory Bydgoszcz as Anna Stamolamprou impressed with 19 points and 7 assists, while Canadian Ruth Hamblin weighed in with a nice cameo of 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Alix Duchet was the hero for Bourges Basket as the guard made a bucket with just two seconds left on the game clock to help her team escape from Tenerife with a thrilling 80-79 victory. Fittingly, she also top-scored for the visitors with 19 points.
Continuing the French theme, Roche Vendee claimed what could be a vital 68-64 win against domestic rivals Flammes off the back of 17 points from Assitan Kone. There was also a notable 11 points and 12 rebounds performance from Ornella Bankole as she underlined why she was selected recently fo the French national team squad ahead of the FIBA Women's EuroBasket Qualifiers.
Several teams who had to punch a ticket via the Qualifiers continued their momentum. Elazig Il Ozel Idare collected a 74-67 victory against Uni Gyor.
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Once again Kolby Morgan was one of the main architects as she scored 19 points, with Albina Razheva adding 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Lindsey Pulliam had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Aari McDonald responded with 27 points for Gyor.
NKA Universitas PEAC took a vibrant 90-83 win against the ambitious Neve David Ramla, with Nora Wentzel and Chelsea Nelson influential yet again, as they scored 23 and 18 points respectively. Kelsey Mitchell fired a game-high 26 points.
Julie Wojta was again the difference-maker for Tarbes GB as her 15 points and 12 rebounds catapulted her team to a hard-fought 55-49 win at KP Brno.
Liege Panthers had been hoping to continue their roll but they were only just squeezed out 72-69 by MBK Ruzomberok. Another fine effort of 19 points and 9 rebounds was not enough for the Belgians as Teodora Turudic starred for Ruzomberok with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, alongside 18 points from Mirsoslava Prazenicova.