Qualification for six of the spots here happened earlier in the season before league play as the two Istanbul powerhouses were automatically entered at this stage due to prior finishes. The draw was made recently and threw up some interesting matchups in Kayseri.
All four quarterfinals were played consecutively on Wednesday. The top two teams in league play thus far faced off in the first game with Fenerbahce extending its dominance with an 85-80 win. Hatay got balance from its four key players, but Fenerbahce got performances from its stars, especially Allie Quigley, to advance. The draw also matched the two university sponsored teams with Chelsea Gray firing Abdullah Gul University past Yakin Dogu University 81-66. Gelistirenler continued their early sucess with a 74-59 win over struggling Edirnespor. Besiktas got their usual contributions from their stars, but Jelena Milovanovic could not carry the team against a Galatasaray team approaching full strength as they lost 71-51.
The semifinals were on Thursday. Chelsea Gray led the way again for Abdullah Gul University, but better balance from Fenerbahce helped them ease to an 83-64 win. Isil Alben took on more of a scoring role than usual while surrounded by all of the weapons at her disposal, helping Galatasaray beat Gelistirenler 69-56.
There was a day off before the final on Saturday as the bitter rivals faced off again. Fenerbahce has had the edge this season and it continued in this game as they won 69-61. Marissa Coleman was named the MVP.
March 2, 2016
Hatay vs. Fenerbahce 80-85 HAT Vajda 17/6a Snytsina 17 Paris 16/17r Hurst 16 Tanacan 2 FEN Quigley 29 Coleman 19 Lavender 11/10r Hollingsworth 6 Canitez 3 Cakir 0
Yakin Dogu Universitesi vs. Abdullah Gul Universitesi 66-81 YDU Bone 16/10r Thomas 14/7r Hayes 9 Leuchanka 8/8r Kimyacioglu 8 AGU Gray 32/7r Dimitrakou 18 McCarville 17/13r Mazic 3/6r
Gelistirenler vs. Edirnespor 74-59 GEL Rezan 19 Abdi 13/10r Eksi 12 Newlin 10/12r Vandersloot 7/6a Bentley 3 EDI Dolson 16/11r Dalgalar 13 Talay 11
Besiktas vs. Galatasaray 51-71 BES Milovanovic 20/7r Pondexter 17 GAL Loyd 16 Dubljevic 15/7r Yilmaz 11/14r Wauters 11
March, 3, 2016
Fenerbahce vs. Abdullah Gul Universitesi 83-64 FEN Coleman 18 Quigley 16/7r Hollingsworth 16/6r Lavender 12 Cakir 7 Canitez 0 AGU Gray 20 Demirok 18 McCarville 9 Dimitrakou 7 Mazic 0/7r
Gelistirenler vs. Galatasaray 56-69 GEL Vandersloot 18 Bentley 9 Abdi 3/7r Newlin 1/9r GAL Alben 22/6a Loyd 11 Yilmaz 6/7r Wauters 6 Dubljevic 6
March 5, 2016
Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray 69-61 FEN Quigley 17 Coleman 16 Lavender 15/6r Verameyenka 12 Hollingsworth 7 Cakir 2 Canitez 0 GAL Loyd 15 Yilmaz 14 Dubljevic 11/9r Wauters 8/6r