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After a pair of qualifying games determined the last team to play in the group stage, the main portion of the competition started this week with games spread across Wednesday and Thursday. The 32 teams were divided roughly geographically with 16 teams from the more eastern half of Europe split among Groups A through D. Group E through H consisted of 16 teams from the more western half of Europe. In this round, each teams plays a six game double round robin schedule. The top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.
Games this week got a rare Tuesday start as Castors Braine built a big lead on their Spanish visitors in Belgium on their way to a 73-60 win. Defending champions USK Praha are still trying to get their healthy full strength roster together as they were unable to win in Orenburg in Russia as Nadezhda held on by a 58-54 margin. The team they beat in the final, UMMC Ekaterinburg, remains the only unbeaten team after they dominated the second half in Poland to win 88-52 over Wisla Krakow, which stays winless. An exciting game in France closed Wednesday Group B action as Bourges needed overtime to overcome their visitors from Abdullah Gul University 63-57, earning their first win of the season and handing the Turkish team their first loss.
All of the Group A games were on Wednesday, starting in Russia, where an overwhelming performance by Nneka Ogwumike powered Dynamo Kursk past their Italian visitors 63-58. It was also close in Slovakia as Good Angels Kosice welcomed Turkey’s Galatasaray and won 54-59. Sopron built an early lead in Hungary, but Spain’s Avenida fought back and nearly completed a comeback before losing 73-67. Fenerbahce made the trip from Turkey to France and trailed heading into the final quarter at Villeneuve before a huge run helped them to a 69-55 win to close out another exciting week of EuroLeague action as teams continue to fight for quarterfinal spots.
The round started with a Conquero home game on Friday as they beat Bembibre. Saturday games included the two EuroLeague teams and finalists from last year winning as Girona won at Gipuzkoa and Avenida welcoming CREF to the top division. Gernika kept pace with the leaders after beating Ferrol. Traditionally strong Gran Canaria continued their struggles as Promete headed to the island and won. Sunday action started in Zaragoza, where the hosts beat Cadi La Seu. The weekend closed with Zamarat handing league newcomers Azkoitia another loss to keep them winless.
October 30, 2015
Conquero vs. Bembibre 67-51 CON Caldwell 19/15r Elonu 16/10r Buch 14/6a Asurmendi 10 Peters 6 BEM Montenegro 13/6r O’Reilly 8/6r Gimeno 8 Davis 0
October 31, 2015
Gipuzkoa vs. Girona 58-67 GIP Bravard 16/10r Foraste 10 GIR Gray 20 Jordana 12 Spanou 11/9r Coulibaly 10/9r Mieloszynska-Zwolak 4 Mingo 2
Avenida vs. CREF Hola 82-66 AVE Ndour 24/8r Marginean 20 Vitola 13 Liston 8 Rodriguez 6 Gemelos 4/6a CREF Butulija 24 Weaver 17 Ygueravide 11 Leary 7/8r Thompson 2 Amukamara 2 Rubene 1
Gran Canaria vs. Campus Promete 71-81 GRA Pye 28 Stejskalova 14 Royo 12 Markovic 5/11r Evers 4 PRO Thiam 19 Knight 17 Covington 12 Gastaminza 6 Stewart 4
Gernika vs. Ferrol 76-61 GER Edwards 16/7r Pop 14/6a Vega 12/7r Ross 11 Vanderwal 8 Clark 0 FER Sanchez 21 Suarez 10/8r/6a Quevedo 9/6r Hammond 6
November 1, 2015
Mann Filter vs. Cadi La Seu 55-48 ZAR Ferrari 18/8r Zlatanova 10/8r Mosch 10 Liepkalne 9/7r CAD Abalde 12/8r Perez 10 Vila 0
Azkoitia vs. Zamarat 63-72 AZK Davydova 17/9r Markovic 16/10r Silva 16/6a ZAM Van Den Adel 18/7r Simpson 13/6r Da Silva 12 Delgado 11
There are now only two unbeaten teams after Nadezhda won at Dynamo Kursk with a strong performance from Kayla McBride. UMMC had an easier time against Enisey. Chevakata remains at the top of the standing by virtue of playing more games as they brought MBA to Vologda and won. Spartak Moscow kept pace with the teams at the top as young phenom Maria Vadeeva turned in another strong performance in a win over Kazanochka. A battle of winless teams went to Dynamo Moscow which got a solid effort from Tatyana Burik to offset Dynamo GUVD’s Canadian duo. Energy Ivanovo beat Spartak Noginsk as Viktoria Medvedeva scored more points than any player this round.
November 1, 2015
Enisey vs. UMMC 65-96 ENI Vorobyeva 14/6r Hamson 11/8r Papova 11 UMMC Taurasi 23 Belyakova 22 Griner 21/7r Lyttle 10/13r/6a Toliver 5/9a
Dynamo Moscow vs. Dynamo GUVD 69-66 DYM Burik 22 Tikhonenko 12/13r Kulicheva 12 Fedorenkova 10 GUVD Alexander 19/11r Langlois 17/6r/7a Dorovshikh 13/10r
Energy Ivanovo vs. Spartak Noginsk 70-52 IVA Medvedeva 28/9r Grigoryeva 10 Hammonds 4 SPN Chistyakova 13/9r Pershina 11/8r
Chevakata vs. MBA 92-71 CHE Jones 24 Petrushina 23/6r Volkova 13/10r/8a/6s Savina 11 Steinberga 8/9r MBA Degtyarskaya 13 Bratchikova 12 Sytnyak 11/6r Gorbacheva 10/6r Kaytukova 10
Spartak MR vs. Kazanochka 91-39 SPM Vadeeva 27/12r Musina 20 Gladkova 15 Meesseman 8 KAZ Boothe 7 Shelton 0
Dynamo Kursk vs. Nadezhda Orenburg 59-60 KUR Prince 10/7a Augustus 10 Miyem 10 Ogwumike 8/6r Osipova 3 NAD McBride 20 Bonner 14/7r Cruz 9 Robinson 8/6r
The early game saw Cagliari use a tremendous performance from Samantha Prahalis to beat Torino and win their first game. In the main timeslot, the highlight was the undefeated battle between Schio and Venezia with powerhouse Schio prevailing 82-80 in overtime. Lucca stayed undefeated by beating Napoli, whch is still trying to figure things out with their full roster. Umbertide handed Ragusa its first loss of the season with Meighan Simmons leading the way. Battipaglia left the group of winless teams by beating San Giovanni. Vigarano is now the only winless team after a close loss to San Martino. Parma beat Orvieto in a game between two teams in the middle of the standings.
November 1, 2015
Cagliari vs. Torino 80-77 CAG Prahalis 25/7r/10a Milic 22/8r Benic 11/6r Arioli 10 TOR Smith 24/11r Quarta 18 Anderson 10/6r Sotiriou 10 Mitongu 5
Napoli vs. Lucca 50-71 NAP Quinn 16/8r Burdick 11/8r Achonwa 10 LUC Harmon 26/6r Dotto 12 Wojta 8/6r Pedersen 8
Vigarano vs. San Martino 50-53 VIG Orrange 12/7s Crudo 11/7r D’Alie 0 SAM Davis 18/12r Pascalau 11/6r Bailey 6/12r Sbrissa 2
Schio vs. Venezia 82-80 (OT) SCH Anderson 23/9r Yacoubou 17/6r Walker 11/17r Macchi 8 Ress 2 Masciadri 2 VEN Christmas 27/8r Ruzickova 13/12r Fontenette 13/6r
Parma vs. Orvieto 79-56 PAR Ugoka 19/13r Spreafico 14 Clark 13 De Pretto 13 Brezinova 10/9r ORV Dietrick 19 Baldelli 10
Umbertide vs. Ragusa 74-56 UMB Simmons 26 Milazzo 17 Tikvic 14/8r Agunbiade 8/9r RAG Consolini 16 Brunson 14/10r Little 10/6r Nadalin 6
Battipaglia vs. San Giovanni 84-59 BAT Tagliamento 25 Treffers 22/11r Zanoguera 19 Gray 7/10r SAG Mandache 19 Brown 4
The round started on Saturday as ZTE kept Ujbuda winless. Cegledi and Gyor remained undefeated, with the former a surprise alongside one of the league’s traditional powerhouses. Sunday’s game ended up being quite exciting as Pecs edged Sopron. Miskolc had a surprisingly easy time with Pecsi on Monday as they stay close to the teams at the top of the standings.
October 31, 2015
ZTE NKK vs. ELTE-BEAC 64-41 ZTE Horvath 19/12r Nagy 13/10r Velkey 2 UJB P. Pusztai 9 Bagi 8/7r Pal 7
Cegledi EKK vs. Atomeromu 62-56 CEG Katona 15 Szabo 13 Maksimovic 11/6r ATO Barber 16/8r Rymarenko 11
Vasas Akademia vs. UNI Gyor 68-86 VAS Adamecz 17/6r/6a Zsilinszky 12 Farkas 11 GYO Goree 20/12r Grigalauskyte 19/10r Radocaj 15 Varga 12/6r Lakloth 11/6a
November 1, 2015
UNIQA Sopron vs. PEAC-Pecs 76-78 SOP Fegyverneky 23 Halvarsson 19/12r Krnjic 15/11r PEA Parks 19 Pedrals 17/6r
November 2nd, 2015
Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc vs. PINKK-Pecsi 424 90-46 MIS Brewer 17/13r Horti 13 Rasheed 12 Jovanovic 10/7 Szecsi 8 Strange 0 PEC Drammeh 13 Vucetic 10 Handy 5 Tunstull 2
There was one game last weekend from Round 1 after the opening game was moved to accommodate the Match of Champions. With most of the rest of the league concentrating on the French Cup Round of 32, Bourges and Lattes Montpellier played the latest installment of their big rivalry with Lattes Montpellier winning 60-55.
Round 6 started on Friday as Lattes Montpellier built a lead that even an on-fire Latoya Williams could not come back from, winning 80-71. On Saturday, Bourges kept Calais winless with an overwhelming 92-45 win. Nice continued their surprising undefeated start by edging Mondeville 85-82. Sunday action started with Landes beating Hainaut 83-66. Angers beat Nantes 63-60. Villeneuve is also unbeaten after taking care of Charleville 68-52. Arras got their first win of the season after escaping Toulouse 83-81.
October 31, 2015
Bourges vs. Lattes Montpellier 55-60 BRG Dumerc 25 Page 11/8r Leedham 6 Hodges 2 MTP Ayayi 20/6r Lardy 11 Bass 7/8r O’Hea 2
After years and years of having to choose from the men’s section when picking out basketball gear NIKE has finally given us women an apparel line made just for us. The Elite Basketball Collection which was designed for women by women is a combination of four pieces: a contoured tank, lightweight shorts, mesh-paneled hoodie, and a pair of tapered pants. Nike Basketball Global Apparel Director Chris Burke explained that they “did a lot of focus groups with both high school and professional basketball players from across the country to make sure we were creating the right styles and incorporating the wants and needs for the female athlete.” With the popularity of basketball growing around the world and more girls becoming interested in the sport it makes perfect sense to cater to the next generation of basketball players.
Just like non athletes want to look nice and wear fitting, stylish and comfortable clothing to work so do basketball players. Over sized men’s shorts and ill-fitting shirts will be a thing of the past. Female basketball players will now be able to wear performance apparel that caters to their unique shapes and sizes. “This is giving us what we want and need. I have been waiting for this forever.” WNBA all-star from the Tulsa Shock and Nike athlete Skylar Diggnis says about the line. Lets just hope that Nike will continue to add more stylish and comfortable pieces to the collection in the near future. Nike.com and select retailers began selling the collection in September. Check out The Elite Basketball Collection here.