Estudiantes, Galatasaray among teams celebrating Play-Off Round 1 tickets
MUNICH (Germany) - Plenty more tickets have been taken for Play-Off Round 1 after seven clubs including Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring, Movistar Estudiantes and Cadi La Seu all booked their spots.
Galatasaray got the win they needed in Group C by breezing their way past Piestanske Cajky 79-55, with a blistering 26-12 third period getting it done, along with double-doubles from Teaira McCowan and Azura Stevens.
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The former racked up 20 points and 11 rebounds for the two-time champions, while Stevens added 25 points to her 11 boards. It wasn't all bad news for the losing team though, because Piestansky Cajky still qualified for the next phase as one of the best third-placed teams in Conference 1.
Kibirkstis will be joining them after they completed a hard-fought 58-53 win at the already qualified Uni Gyor. Gintare Petronyte came up with the goods again after registering 13 points and 16 rebounds and the Lithuanians take one of the third-placed team berths too.
In Group H, Movistar Estudiantes moved past Lointek Gernika Bizkaia 63-51 but the Spanish duo both progress. A tally of 21 points and 9 rebounds from center Nadia Fingall helped Estudiantes get confirmed as one of the best third placed teams in Conference 2, while despite the loss, Gernika were able to take a top-two finish in the group.
Castors Braine and Cadi La Seu met each other on Wednesday night and will both advance beyond the Regular Season
Castors Braine eeked out a spine-tingling 66-63 overtime win at Cadi La Seu to also punch their ticket as one of the best third-placed teams in Conference 2. Reka Lelik continued her good form with 17 points and while disappointed to lose, Cadi La Seu will still move on to the Play-Off Round 1 after holding onto second spot.
Elsewhere, Crvena Zvezda MTS are still looking to progress after wrapping up their Regular Season with a 70-64 win against Panathinaikos AC. Aleksandra Katanic came to play and had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. In the same pool, AZS UMCS Lublin eased out Ramat Hasharon 62-53 with forward Natasha Mack adding a customary double-double of 13 points and 14 boards.
A late game-winner from Sierra Calhoun ended the hopes of Hatay BB Spor after taking NKA Universitas PEAC to a dramatic 64-63 Group B triumph. Cassidie Burdick shone with 11 points and 17 rebounds, while Virag Kiss harvested 19 points and 11 boards.
17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists from Magdalena Szymkiewicz led VBW Arka Gdynia to an 87-53 win at home to FCC UAV Arad in Group D.
Villeneuve D'Ascq LM strolled past Roche Vendee Basket Club 95-69 in Group J and dented the prospects of their fellow French side as Kamiah Smalls went to work with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
IDK Euskotren also had their dreams broken by BLMA who won 73-67. The Group K encounter was lit up by a 9 of 10 shooting performance from Garance Rabot who claimed 19 points as the visitors made it six wins from six.
LDLC ASVEL Feminin picked up an exciting 83-77 success at Zabiny Brno in Group K as the losing side's participation came to an end. Marine Johannes showed her class with 25 points and 7 assists for the French visitors.
Angers powered past ZKK Ragusa 90-42 with six different ballers making double-figures in points, while also in Group L, Flammes Carolo Basket smashed their way past KP Brno 86-58. Brianna Fraser showed out with 16 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.