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Fenerbahce and Sopron on cusp of last eight; Avenida inflict OT heartbreak on KSC Szekszard

MUNICH (Germany) - Fenerbahce Safiport and Sopron Basket edged closer to the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday night, while KSC Szekszard came close to completing the biggest upset of the season but instead endured an overtime loss to Perfumerias Avenida.

The rookies thought it might be 12th time lucky in their hunt for a first-ever victory in the EuroLeague Women and they had a great chance to seal the deal during regulation, but couldn't get it done and subsequently fell 88-84 after the extra period.

Katie Lou Samuelson was a difference-maker for Avenida as she netted a season-high 27 points, also making some big buckets during overtime as her team dodged a bullet. Zala Friskovec also logged her highest score of the campaign for Szekszard with 23 points, as well as handing out 6 assists, while Agnes Studer and Sara Krnjic shared 36 points. 

Meanwhile in Group B, Sopron Basket retained top spot in the standings after blasting their way to a 73-44 home triumph against Galatasaray. The win takes them to an impressive 8-4 record and to the edge of clinching a Quarter-Finals place. 

The Hungarians were too hot to handle for their opponents, with Gabby Williams showing her full range of skills with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Bernadett Hatar also had an eye-catching night with 16 points and 8 boards.  The result was a big blow for Galatasaray who slumped to 5-7 for the season.

By contrast, there were smiles elsewhere in Istanbul as Fenerbahce Safiport now have one foot in the post-season after improving to 8-3 off the back of a commanding 87-67 win against VBW Arka Gdynia.

A big third-quarter from the hosts snapped the game open and it was the backcourt who excelled. Kayla McBride showed her offensive prowess as usual with 26 points, while Olcay Cakir completed a super 11 point and 13 assist double-double. That feat was also matched by Alina Iagupova who contributed 16 points and 10 boards.

Dynamo Kursk boosted their prospects of making the last eight with a vital 84-60 road victory at Beretta Famila Schio. It was a result that brought them to the same 7-5 record as their opponents and was built on careful ball handling and no fewer than 11 triples.

Arike Ogunbowale weighed in with 20 points from the backcourt, with Eva Lisec and Natasha Howard combing nicely in the paint. The former had 10 points and as many boards, with Howard harvesting 16 points and 8 rebounds for the triumphant visitors.