One series started on Wednesday with the rest opening on Thursday. Allie Quigley led Galatasaray, but the hosts fell to Girona 65-62 to put themselves in a difficult spot to advance. Two teams dropping down from EuroLeague met in Orenburg, with Avenida using a blistering start to take an 85-68 lead on Nadezhda. Venezia built a lead in the fourth quarter to spoil Bria Hartley’s big game for Mersin 79-73 as both teams bolstered their rosters in a quest for silverware. The last game of the day was in Villeneuve d’Ascq and it was the only one won by the home team as Pauline Akonga led the way in a 74-72 final. Courtney Paris led Hatay as all three Turkish teams will need second game turnarounds a year after all four semifinalists were from there. Each series will conclude one week after the first game.
February 28, 2018
Galatasaray vs. Spar Citylift Girona 62-65 GALA Quigley 24/6r Dubljevic 11 Kobryn 10 Davis 0 GIRO Traore 18/8r Buch 13/6r Romeo 9 Gomes Colhado 8/14r Evans 5/7r Martinez 5 Conde 2
March 1, 2018
Nadezhda vs. Perfumerias Avenida 68-85 NAD Cannon 16/11r Jones 16 Medvedeva 12 Ygueravide 10 Bentley 10 AVEN Dominguez 18 Moss 13 Robinson 12 Elonu 8 Givens 8 DeSouza 8 Mestdagh 3
Mersin vs. Reyer Venezia 73-79 MERS Hartley 25 Yalcin 17 Thomas 10 Gajic 7/18r Murphy 6 Putnina 2 VEN Ruzickova 17/11r De Pretto 16 Walker 15/6r Williams 9 Little 2
ESBVA-LM vs. Hatay 74-72 ESBV Akonga 23/7r Jovanovic 14 Sy 10/8r HATA Paris 21/13r Ben Abdelkader 15 Turner 13/6r/6a Snytsina 12 Mitchell 2/7r/6a