Half of the series started on Wednesday with the other half starting on Thursday as the top eight seeds entered in this round by hitting the road for the first game. In Moscow, 3 seed Girona started well behind Keisha Hampton, but MBA fought back for a 71-69 win to carry with them on their travels. 4 seed Tarbes also had a lead early, but Aaryn Ellenberg-Wiley and Ruzomberok dominated the fourth quarter to win 68-65 and set up another interesting game for next week. 7 seed Wisla Krakow is in a more secure position after going to Nantes and beating Briana Day and company 87-67. Top seed Lattes Montpellier is already on the ropes after Reyer Venezia showed what got them to the final last year after Debora Carangelo and Anete Steinberga led them to an 83-64 win.
Turkish rivals opened play on Thursday with 2 seed Cukurova getting to field close to their full lineup as Astou Ndour helped them past Kelsey Mitchell and Besiktas 73-65. 8 seed DVTK had a tough draw against defending champions Galatasaray, but Chanel Mokango, Aija Putnina, and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough helped them keep the first game to a 77-76 loss with a late surge to give them the belief that they can win in Miskolc. It was also close in Bydgoszcz for a while, but Julie McBride took on a much bigger scoring role than usual for the hosts as they dominated the final quarter to stretch their lead to 77-60 and put pressure on 6 seed Szekszard. Ariel Atkins and 5 seed Gorzow thought that they had done enough to bring home a lead, but Michelle Plouffe and Lyon used a big run in the fourth quarter to flip the score to 90-82.
January 23, 2019
(19) MBA Moscow vs. (3) Girona 71-69 MBA Sapova 16 Kaitukova 12 Leshkovtseva 11 Stolyar 10 GIRO Hampton 21 Martinez 13 Oma 12/6r Gomes Colhado 10/9r Murphy 8 Reisingerova 2
(20) Ruzomberok vs. (4) Landes 68-65 RUZO Ellenberg-Wiley 26 Siksniute 13/9r Mistinova 11 Jeffery 2 Markovic 2 TARB Gaye 18/13r Gaillou-Loko 15 Prince 14/8r Cornelie-Sigmundova 3 Moss 2
(23) Nantes vs. (7) Wisla Krakow 67-87 NRB Day 24/18r Wallace 18 Michaud 10 WISL Rodriguez 15 Russell 14/9r Canada 14 Conde 12/6r Araujo 10/6r Aleksandravicius 6/7r
(16) Reyer Venezia vs. (1) Lattes Montpellier 83-64 VENE Carangelo 26/6r/6s Steinberga 24/11r Anderson 12/6r/6a Gulich 6/6r Goree 2 BLMA Whitcomb 18/9r Miyem 13 Wurtz 8 Tchatchouang 4
January 24, 2019
(18) Besiktas vs. (2) Cukurova 65-73 BES Mitchell 20 Akhator 12/9r Epoupa 11/9r Mircheva 10 CUKU Ndour 24 Iagupova 17/8r Gray 8 Mestdagh 4/6r Bone 3/7r Ozelci 0
(9) Galatasaray vs. (8) DVTK 77-76 GALA Grigalauskyte 13/11r Alben 13/7a Abdi 13 Onar 13 Macaulay 10 Jefferson 8 DVTK Mokango 21/7r Putnina 20/6r Walker-Kimbrough 19 Szabo 0
(11) Bydgoszcz vs. (6) Szekszard 77-60 ARTG McBride 25/6r/6a Morrison 19 Miedzik 11 Stankovic 8 Hornbuckle 0 KSC Eldebrink 15 Bishop 13/9r Gereben 10 McCall 8
(12) Lyon vs. (5) Gorzow 90-82 LYON Plouffe 31/8r/7a Tanqueray 18 Dos Santos 16/13r Clark 13/6r Allemand 4/9a GORZ Atkins 22 Papova 17 Zoll-Norman 15/6r/8a Juskaite 15