With ten teams in the top league this season, Sepsi and Targoviste got a bye for this round while the other eight teams faced off in two games series with each team hosting a game as scores of both games are combined to determine a winner. The first games started on Wednesday. Ka-Deidre Simmons tried to hold down the fort for Iasi, but the departure of some of her talented teammates left them shorthanded in a 95-61 loss to Targu Mures. Satu Mare did get a solid home win as Andreea Olah’s scoring and a triple-double from Chastity Reed helped them get a 78-60 margin, offsetting a big game from KK Houser for Brasov. Shanita Arnold and Alexandria got the win, but Galati will feel like they can turn things around at home with only a 78-70 deficit to overcome. The last series started on Thursday with a battle of university-sponsored teams. Cluj-Napoca got to debut their new look roster as Taneisha Harrison led them to the 80-67 win over Arad. All four series will play their second games on Sunday.
January 4, 2017
Politehnica Iasi vs. Sirius Targu Mures 61-95 IAS Simmons 20/7r Aursulesei 12 Ciotir 12 Danalache 10 TAM McCune 16/14r Daniel 15/8a Gregory 13 Laudermill 11 Robinson 6/6r
Satu Mare vs. Olimpia Brasov 78-60 SAT Olah 23 Reed 17/12r/11a Tavic 17 Batey 15/14r BRA Houser 32/6r Higgins 7/12r Webb 6
Alexandria vs. Phoenix Galati 78-70 ALE Arnold 27/8s Voicu 12 Grbic 8/8r Bartee 8 Mullings 7/8r Rule 3 GAL Filip 19/7r/6a Steenholdt 18/8r Rutan 14 Covile 9 Jackson 2 Nelson 2
January 5, 2017
Universitatea Cluj-Napoca vs. Universitatea Goldis ICIM Arad 80-67 CLU Harrison 21 Mandache 12/9r Irimia 11/12r Butulija 10 Ross 8 Denson 4 ARA Stroman 17/8r McGuire 13 Nagy 10