EuroLeague Women Week 11: Social media spotlight and reaction
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - We check in with some of those involved in Week 11 of the Regular Season and take a look at how the action went down on social media.
Dynamo Kursk are still unbeaten with a flawless 11-0 record, but they looked in trouble when they trailed at the break against another competition favorite in Fenerbahce.
With changes made, Kursk posted a head-turning third quarter to ride to the double over their rivals via an 86-79 victory.
"We were not focused enough at the beginning of the game and missed some easy shots, while we were also not good on defense," said Kursk guard Epiphanny Prince.
"After the break and knowing that we were capable of winning, we tried to stay focused and switched on defense - as well as working out the way of playing in the paint with them and not having foul trouble like we did in the first half of the game.
The victory had special significance for Angel McCoughtry who top scored with 23 points against her former team and it was all smiles after the game.
Joining Dynamo Kursk in the Quarter-Finals are ZVVZ USK Prague who won a tight one, 58-55 at BLMA to book their spot. And while it was a great result, it was good to see forward Ilona Burgrova taking time on social media to spread a more important and wider message about the sport.
So we got W tonight. Yeayyy . But here is the true inspiration. "For the real game" you just need a ball and a basket. No fancy basket holders, no special shoes or surface. The love for basketball is within us and has no limits ;) Tak vezeme domů vítězství. Huraaaaa. Ale tady je jedna super inspirace. Na basket nepotřebuješ nic víc než míč a koš. Žádný krásný koše na míče, žádný super boty nebo úžasnej povrch. Láska k basketu je zkrátka v nás a nezná limity. #euroleaguewomen #basketballneverstops #basketballdreamers
There were mixed emotions for Binta Drammeh of Uniqa Sopron on Wednesday. She made a key step in her rehabilitation from serious injury, but watched her team lose 89-69 to Nadezhda. She also watched her friend and Swedish national team colleague Amanda Zahui do the damage with a huge double-double.
The biggest result of the week was Mersin grabbing their first-ever win in the competition when they came back from a 0-17 start to take an historic 65-51 triumph against Beretta Famila Schio - much to the relief of head coach Ozlem Sencan.
She said,"We need victories to go to the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals.
"We studied our opponents well and did our homework to know their strengths and weaknesses.
"All week we prepared for the game and Schio consist of quality players, but we played better than them and deserved the victory."
While Tango Bourges Basket weren't able to beat UMMC Ekaterinburg to make it five wins in a row, they are attracting fans from all corners, with two new supporters from Columbia who are in France supporting fellow South American, Clarissa Dos Santos.
Finally, it's back to feelings of frustration for CCC Polkowice play-caller Maros Kovacik. After winning at Nadezhda and getting their first success of the season, his side were edged out 75-71 at home by Perfumerias Avenida.
"Every week we have seen the same story," bemoaned Kovacik.
"We try, we work hard before the game, but during the game, we know all about our opponent but then we lose.
"This is sad, but I think it is a question of experience and basketball IQ. What can I say? We need to be patient and do our jobs. We just can't have so many individual mistakes."