First tickets punched for the Play-Off Round 1
MUNICH (Germany) - It was a night of celebration for several unbeaten clubs who all secured their passage beyond the Regular Season by making it to the Play-Off Round 1 as they improved to a flawless 4-0.
Panathinaikos progressed after Emily Potter and Arica Carter turned it on in a 67-59 Group A win against AZS UMCS Lublin. The former had a game-high 23 points, while Carter garnered 20 points and 7 assists.
NKA Universitas PEAC booked their place by beating Beroe 83-57 as Virag Kiss excelled with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Hungarians and they are joined by fellow Group B side Elitzur Landco Ramla. They won 88-74 at Hatay BB Spor off the back of a sensational show by Shakira Austin with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
A scorching 29-14 start allowed Group C leaders InvestInTheWest Enea Gorzow to grab a ticket as they took a 71-56 success against Piestanske Cajky. Alanna Smith was superb again for the hosts with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
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ACS Sepsi-SIC had to battle hard to make it to 4-0 in Group E after taking an 83-71 win at Elitzur Holon behind a great team effort with six different players in double figures, while SL Benfica advanced with a 69-63 triumph at home to BCF Elfic Fribourg in Group G action as Rapha Monteiro posted 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Umana Reyer Venezia are yet to taste defeat in Group H and advanced after a big 86-69 success in Madrid at Movistar Estudiantes. Playmaker Shiori Yasuma stood out with 22 points and 5 assists, while teammate Jessica Shepard had 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Casademont Zaragoza got it done in Group I, but it was a tight thing as they just pipped Castors Braine 73-69. Belgian center Serena Lynn-Geldof had 14 points and 7 boards, with Mariona Ortiz doing the backcourt business with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
BLMA are through after easing their way past Zabiny Brno 84-72 in Group K, but made life difficult for themselves with 30 turnovers. Despite this, they got the victory with Kyra Linskens and Mamignan Toure sharing 30 points.
Elsewhere, many other team improved their chances, including KKZ Crvena Zvezda in Group A after they won 79-61 at Ramat Hasharon as Aleksandra Katanic impressed with 12 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring grabbed a much needed Group C win as they rode past Slavia Banska Bystrica 81-70 with Kamile Nacickaite erupting for 27 points and Alaina Coates racking up 14 points and 13 boards.
OGM Ormanspor beat the now 0-4 FCC UAV Arad 85-59 in Group D via 19 points from Reshanda Gray to go 3-1 along with VBW Arka Gdynia. They completed the double over Polish rivals Polskie Przetwory Bydgoszcz with an 84-61 win as Jasmine Thomas fired 13 points and 6 assists.
Nesibe Aydin are now 2-2 in Group E after keeping domestic rivals Bursa Uludag Basketbol winless with a nail-biting 74-72 home victory.
Chelsea Nelson dropped 25 points and 10 rebounds as the hosts came up big down the stretch with a 29-18 last period.
Uni Gyor won a 95-81 Group F shootout with Maccabi Bnot Ashdod after Aaryn Ellenberg-Wiley showed out with an amazing 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. In the same pool, Botas Spor outlasted Kibirkstis 70-63 to take the road win as Sevgi Uzin put up a sparkling 17 points and 11 assists.
Basket Namur Capitale got their first Group G win after overcoming T71 Diddeleng 89-52, helped by 26 points and 12 rebounds from Mikayla Vaughn on the road.
A 24-point haul from Brooque Williams helped Lointek Gernika Bizkaia moved closer to the Play-Off Round 1 with a 78-59 Group H win against Rutronik Stars Keltern.
Cadi La Seu made a big move in Group I as they waltzed past BBC Grengewald 90-54 with a nice 16 points and 7 rebounds from Montserrat Brotons the highlight. A majestic 23 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists from Joyner Holmes was behind Dinamo Banco di Sardegna's 77-65 Group J win against Roche Vendee Basket Club.
LDLC ASVEL Feminin enjoyed a dramatic 71-70 Group K overtime clash at IDK Euskotren with Marine Johannes finishing with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Also, KP Brno celebrated a 58-55 win at ZKK Ragusa as they left the Group L encounter in Croatia with a second win of the season to keep their hopes alive. Petra Malikova had a pivotal 11 points and 10 rebounds, but top spot stays with Flammes Carolo Basket, despite their 84-63 loss to Angers which was founded on 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Alexis Peterson.