Istanbul joy, Bourges still on fire and Petrovic enjoys Prague return
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women 2018) - We throw a spotlight on Week 11 of EuroLeague Women to see how it went down on social media, as well as catching up with some of those involved.
There was history for Fenerbahce as they did a Regular Season double over UMMC for the first time in front of a boisterous and passionate crowd in Istanbul. The energetic and exhilarating 80-77 success also sealed a Quarter-Finals spot and sparked celebrations for those who were there on a famous night for Fenerbahce.
"Thank you to our fans, they were amazing," enthused Kelsey Plum, who starred with her super downtown shooting.
"My friends did a great job and we played like a whole body. I'm very happy right now, but we have to look at our next games," added the guard.
As usual, Kayla McBride was highly influential for the competition's newest powerhouse.
Galatasaray also made it a hat-trick for the Istanbul clubs as they eased past Castors Braine 87-76.
That was mainly due to Kaela Davis lighting it up on debut and a nice input from other new arrivals such as Ewelina Kobryn.
Epiphany Prince woke up in the Czech capital on Thursday morning for her birthday with the gift of an 88-56 win against ZVVZ USK Praha safely deposited. Her Dynamo Kursk teammate Nnemkadi Ogwumike offered an amusing and less than energetic congratulatory post.
The reigning champs are now 11-0 and looking as classy and ruthless as any champion team ever has. The game also witnessed the return to Prague of Sonja Petrovic.
She wasted no time in finding Marta Xargay to catch up with her former colleague.
Elsewhere, the mood in the Bourges Basket camp is highly excitable after they claimed their fifth straight win in what is proving to be a Regular Season of two halves.
Valeriane Ayayi was again on fire as she lit it up from long-range as they beat CCC Polkowice. Much of the spotlight was understandably on the returning Laia Palau who made her unexpected return to the competition after last year's retirement.
Wisla CANPACK delivered their best result of the season as they won 68-59 at Famila Schio.
The work of Wisla was recognized by veteran Italian star Raffaella Masciadri who spoke from a Schio perspective afterwards.
She said: "We lost a difficult game and probably in the second half, we could have defended better.
"We didn't find our usual open shots so that's why our shooting average was so low. They defended the pick and roll situations very well and I think this was the key factor in the game," concluded Masciadri.