EuroCup Women: Wednesday Round-up
MUNICH (EuroCup Women 2017) The Regular Season began Wednesday night as 11 teams made winning starts in their bid for glory this season.
Dynamo Novosibirsk had begun the day’s action with an 89-70 victory over qualifiers Samsun Canik with Canadian Tamara Tathum all over the stat-sheet, finishing with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Meanwhile, Galatasaray started their campaign with a 77-66 success against TTT Riga in the same group as Maryia Papova and Moriah Jefferson combined for 41 points.
Reyer Venezia held their nerve down the stretch as they claimed a 61-64 victory on the road against Elfic Fribourg with Basket Landes joining the Italians on a 1-0 start in Group G after they prevailed in the all-French battle with Cavigal Nice Basket in a 78-57 triumph.
"Both teams worked very hard on defence," said Reyer Venezia head coach, Andrea Liberalotto.
"For us, it was important to start with a win. We missed some easy shots but we had a long trip to Switzerland after a game in Italy on Sunday.
"We had to perform with a good attitude to win this game."
Celeste Trahan-Davis poured in 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting and added 14 rebounds in a dominant display to guide Castors Braine to a 97-42 victory against Uniao Sportiva.
It was a great start for Good Angels Kosice as they defeated Aluinvent Miskolc 82-67 despite 26 points from Rita Rasheed, while Virtus Eirene Ragusa stormed clear in the middle periods en route to a comfortable 43-65 success away at Namur.
Spar Citylift Girona claimed an impressive road win as they saw off the challenge of Regular Season debutantes Rutronik Stars Keltern in a 66-83 victory behind 20 points from Hailey Peters.
In Group H, TSV 1880 recorded a resounding 95-59 win at home to Lulea BBK, much to the delight of head coach, Georg Eichler.
"It was an important win for us," he said.
"Always the first win in each competition is the most difficult. Now we can go to Sweden with confidence and we hope we can keep up the consistency of the defence."
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