LDLC ASVEL Feminin make history with their first ticket to the Quarter-Finals
MUNICH (Germany) - It was a memorable night for LDLC ASVEL Feminin who will play in the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Finals for the first time after getting the win they needed to make the last eight of the competition.
To make things even more enjoyable, they booked their spot in style by completing a 78-65 win against Group B winners, Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo.
Marieme Badiane chose a great moment to have the best game of her career in EuroLeague Women as she impressed with 17 points and 8 rebounds, collecting her tally with a sparkling 70 percent from the field.
Following the win, ASVEL playcaller Valery Demory looked back on the strong finish to the Regular Season: "A few weeks ago, we needed to win five of six (to advance) and we did it! My team has a big heart. I liked the way they played on the court tonight. We played against a very tough team, and it’s greatly satisfying. We beat a big European club in the incredible atmosphere here at the Astroballe."
Meanwhile, point guard Julie Allemand was also excited about booking a ticket to the Play-Offs.
"We played with heart, and everything turned right tonight," she said. "Even if everything wasn’t easy, we were in the game, in the battle. When we play like that, with heart and determination, there is no more tiredness."
In their last game of the Regular Season, Dynamo Kursk outlasted a hard working Arka Gdynia 64-58 to finish Group B play with a 7-7 mark. It was DeWanna Bonner who produced the game-winning display with 24 points and 7 rebounds.
BLMA could have sealed their place with a victory against Spar Citylift Girona, but missed their chance again in what was a fourth loss in a row to close out the Regular Season. They stuttered offensively and went down 57-45 as Adaora Elonu did the damage with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, with a smart 11 point and 7 rebound cameo from Abby Bishop also important for Girona.
UMMC rolled over Gelecek Koleji Cukurova 112-37 to finish their Group A campaign in top spot with an excellent 13-1 record. Breanna Stewart showed her class with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Raisa Musina contributed 18 points and 9 boards while shooting a deadly 78 percent from the floor.
ZVVZ USK Praha wrapped up their best ever Regular Season and finished 11-2 after blasting Castors Braine away completely in Belgium. Brionna Jones inspired a one-sided 89-65 success with a brilliant 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Nadezhda took third place in Group A thanks to a 74-65 victory against the visiting Bourges Basket after Russian pair Daria Namok and Karina Nizamova both produced their best performances of the season. The former had 20 points, while Nizamova had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
The last two remaining Regular Season games that had been rescheduled for Thursday have now been cancelled.