With only two games to play, Wednesday was filled with action as teams fought for a small number of spots and qualified teams jockeyed for seeding position in the quarterfinals.
Nneka Ogwumike was the ringleader for Dynamo Kursk as they eased past last place and firmly eliminated Sopron 102-68. More impressive was Schio’s 66-60 win at Fenerbahce, which also kept them in the hunt for second place. It is not clear how much Fenerbahce was concerned about winning since they already clinched first place, but Jantel Lavender showed no signs of slowing down. A game that only matters for the EuroCup places went overwhelmingly to Good Angels Kosice 78-48 as Villeneuve missed a big opportunity. Galatasaray was led by Lynetta Kizer as they stayed in the big tie for second place with a 62-49 win at Avenida, which still fights for that last EuroCup spot.
In next week games, Good Angels Kosice can put themselves in good position simply by beating Sopron in Slovakia. Galatasaray figures to get a test from rivals Fenerbahce as they try to gain positioning. Villeneuve could be in trouble for staying in any competition if they lose to Schio in Italy. Avenida will host Dynamo Kursk in the other game as they try to at least make the EuroCup while the visitors try to maintain second place.
Uniqa Sopron vs. Dynamo Kursk 68-102 SOP Crvendakic 14 Fegyverneky 13 Lelas 11 Krnjic 6 KUR Ogwumike 22/8r Vidmer 19/9r Jekabsone-Zogota 18 Miyem 10/9r Augustus 6 Harding 5 Osipova 0
Fenerbahce vs. Famila Schio 60-66 FEN Lavender 20/7r Cakir 10 Coleman 8/7r Quigley 8 Nacickaite 6 Canitez 2 Hollingsworth 0 SCH Yacoubou 12/11r Anderson 12/6r Walker 11/6r Masciadri 9 Ress 3/6r Macchi 3
ESBVA-LM vs. Good Angels Kosice 48-78 ESB Sacko 9 Amant 9 Mahoney 6 GAK Johnson 14 Oblak 14 Jurcenkova 13/8r Langhorne 10/9r Hruscakova 8 Zirkova 2
Perfumerias Avenida vs. Galatasaray 49-62 AVE Gemelos 9 Marginean 9 Ndour 7/6r Beard 7 Gidden 5 Rodriguez 3 Kobryn 2/8r Vitola 1 GAL Kizer 19 Loyd 9/6r Yilmaz 9 Martinez 3
- Fenerbahce 11-2
- Dynamo Kursk 9-4
- Famila Schio 9-4
- Galatasaray 9-4
- ESBVA-LM 5-8
- Perfumerias Avenida 4-9
- Good Angels Kosice 4-9
- Uniqa Sopron 1-12
Shorthanded Wisla Krakow managed to beat DeWanna Bonner and Nadezhda 54-51, putting themselves in a position to control their destiny. That result combined with Diana Taurasi leading the way in a 93-48 win over Abdullah Gul University, means that UMMC Ekaterinburg finishes in first place. USK Praha missed a golden opportunity, nearly coming back to avoid an embarrassing loss at Girona, but falling 54-52 as Alena Hanusova did not get enough help. Ending the day was Castors Braine beating Bourges 63-55 which keeps a number of wild scenarios alive.
Next week’s games should be interesting, but the rematch of last year’s championship may not mean anything. Wisla Krakow can grab the last spot with a win at struggling Abdullah Gul University, but a loss opens the door for both them and Bourges to gain a spot in the Eurocup with a win. Bourges will have their hands full with Girona, which can still qualify for the EuroCup. Nadezhda will want to beat Castors Braine and secure second place although they may not need a win to do so depending on other results as the visitors also hold out hope for the EuroCup.
Wisla Can-Pack vs. Nadezhda 54-51 WIS Nicholls 15/12r Turner 14/6r Ouvina 12/6r NAD Bonner 20/7r McBride 14 Cruz 5/9r/6a Robinson 2
UMMC Ekaterinburg vs. AGU Spor 93-48 EKA Taurasi 28/7r/6a Lyttle 14/13r Griner 12 Torrens 11 Toliver 6 Nolan 2 Baric 0 AGU Mazic 13/6r Dimitrakou 12 Hodges 6 McCarville 2 Gray 2
Spar Citylift Girona vs. ZVVZ USK Praha 54-52 GIR Knezevic 11 Kuktiene 11 Givens 5 Mingo 5 Spanou 3 USK Hanusova 22/6r Elhotova 12 Dupree 9 Vaughn 4/11r Burgrova 2 Xargay 0
Castors Braine vs. Bourges 63-55 CAS Spencer 13 Wauters 10 Trahan-Davis 10 Logunova 10 Key 8/6a Mestdagh 3 BOU Ciak 18 Leedham 6/6r/6s Dumerc 5 Page 3/8r Hodges 2 Murphy 0
- UMMC Ekaterinburg 11-2
- Nadezhda 9-4
- ZVVZ USK Praha 8-5
- Wisla Can-Pack 6-7
- Bourges 5-8
- AGU Spor 5-8
- Castors Braine 4-9
- Spar Citylift Girona 4-9