Bourges now blazing, Hejkova demands defense, Griner's tattoo
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - We take a look at how EuroLeague Women Week 8 went down on social media and check in with some of those involved.
Bourges Basket are now finally turning heads with their newfound confidence and flowing basketball, which has harvested two wins in a row to turn their nightmare 1-5 opening into a distant memory.
They were superb in the way that they took down ZVVZ USK Praha 86-72, although losing coach Natalia Hejkova was far from impressed.
She fumed: "We were not happy to lose the game and our defense is just not enough at the moment - and maybe not enough during the whole season.
"Many games have ended with a score like this - around 80 and also in Kursk when there was more than 100. Each time its like a shooting game, not a proper basketball game, with both offense and defense."
UMMC center Brittney Griner is leading the competition in scoring and added another 17 points with an excellent shooting display in the 74-49 win at Wisla CANPACK.
Her scintillating form in the past few weeks in particular has coincided with the expanded tattoos she has been having inked on her arms. Left arm done, now she is moving onto the right arm!
Sandrine Gruda made her debut in the tournament with Yakin Dogu Universitesi, facing a very strong French contingent at Famila Schio and taking a 72-65 success.
"It is always hard to come and play in Schio," mused Gruda. "We are really happy for the win. Everybody put in a great effort on the court and we will work hard to continue that way."
Castors Braine couldn't make it three in a row, although you can hardly blame them for not extending their winning streak as they were up against the flawless champions, Dynamo Kursk who won 72-60.
While no victory, they did put in an impressive display and also caught the eye with their festive team pose!
They do however have competition from Nadezhda!
Alex Bentley will be hoping she receives the gift of actually getting onto the court this season at some point, having been absent with injury so far - and her team needs her at 1-7!
With a run of four road trips in a row, Perfumerias Avenida will be delighted to have taken a maiden win on their travels. It was Laura Nicholls who paced a 67-44 victory at BLMA with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"The game was very important for us," said the Spanish national team forward.
"We knew that we needed to get the win and we worked together to do it. We had good moments and now we need to keep doing it for the full game," concluded Nicholls.