With seven games being played on Wednesday and nine on Thursday there was a lot of action going on in the EuroCup competition this week.
EuroLeague contenders Castors Braine signed American point guard Doneeka Lewis. Lewis who holds a Bulgarian passport will add experience to the guard position. After a great showing against Russian powerhouse UMMC on the road in round 4 the addition of Lewis will only booster their efforts to make it out of group play. Castors Braine is currently in 5th place in Group B.
Group A games started in Russia on Wednesday as Dynamo Kursk eventually built a lead on visiting Good Angels Kosice to win 70-49. Fenerbahce used a solid second half to beat Sopron 86-69 cancelling out a strong effort from Aleksandra Crvendakic. Galatasaray had a sluggish start in the other game in Istanbul, but toughened up on defense to only allow Villeneuve to score 15 points in the final quarter after allowing 20 points in the first quarter for a 59-35 win. Jewell Loyd led the way in the victory, but the team was also glad to see Nevriye Yilmaz return to the court. Schio closed the round on Thursday in Italy with an 88-70 win over Avenida as Jolene Anderson put in one of the strongest individual performances of the week.
Group B started the action on Wednesday as Abdullah Gul University welcomed Girona to Turkey and won 79-69 despite the best efforts of Chelsea Gray. Defending champions USK Praha pulled away from Wisla Krakow in the second half to win 64-40 in the Czech Republic. They got immediate help from the return of Sonja Petrovic to the lineup as their Polish visitors remain the only winless team. The day closed with Nadezhda winning 71-61 in France over Bourges as the duo of DeWanna Bonner and Kayla McBride led the way. On Thursday, Castors Braine put in a creditable effort in Russia against UMMC Ekaterinburg, but the Phoenix Mercury duo of Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi kept their team undefeated with a 75-70 win.
Multiple games this round were moved from Sunday to Monday and Tuesday because of national elections in Turkey. Two of the EuroLeague teams were able to get games in on Saturday as Abdullah Gul University beat Samsun and Galatasaray stayed undefeated by beating winless Adana. Monday made it a clean sweep for the university-sponsored teams as Yakin Dogu University kept Besiktas winless and Istanbul University stayed unbeaten after besting Orduspor. Mersin beat Edirnespor in a battle of winless teams. Fenerbahce is also undefeated as they beat Botas. The Tuesday game involved two teams without European competition and Hatay beat Gelistirenler. [Read more…]
Euro League Round 4 begins on November 4th with most teams playing on this day. The only undefeated team UMMC will take on Castors Braine in Russia. After a triumphant and historic win at home against newcomers Girona in the last round CAS will be up against a different beast in round 4. Will Ann Wauters be able to lead her Belgium squad to another memorable win against a loaded and determined Russian team? UMMC coasted to an easy victory against winless Wilsa last round. Unless something incredible happens I don’t expect them to lose this game at home.
Good Angels Kosice will travel to Russia to take on Dynamo Kursk this round. This will be [Read more…]
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.
With a crowded field in this years Euro Cup which kicks off on October 28, 2015 there are several teams who stand a chance to bring home the championship this season. Last season’s Euro Cup champions ESB Villeneuve-d’Ascq and runner up Royal Castors Braine have both moved on to the Euro League leaving the title up for grabs.
There are several heavy hitters participating in this years competition. The club with the most history having won four Euro League titles is Spartak Vidnoje. Rounding out Group A are Besiktas who recently signed WNBA champion, All-star and no stranger to Euro competition Cappie Pondexter, Adani Aski SC, and little known underdogs from the Slovak Republic Piestanske Cajky.
Group B‘s most notable team is three time Euro Cup champion Dynamo Moscow who won most recently in 2013 and 2014. Also in Group B are TTT Riga who won the last spot in the competition by beating the Flying Foxes Vienna on aggregate in the qualifying round. The other two teams are Udominante Basket and Orduspor Sportif Faaliyetler AS. For both teams this is their second year in the competition.
Several Teams in Group C have little experience in european competition with two teams hailing from Russia. Newcomers from Turkey are Edirne Belediyesi Edirnespor. With only one season under their belt in the euro cup Enisey Krasnoyarsk Territory looks to make an impact in this group. Tsmoki Minsk hasn’t faired well in their past euro cup outings and BC Chevakata is probably one of the most experienced teams in euro cup competition having competed in eleven straight. [Read more…]
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