Lindsey Harding suited up for her new team Galatasaray right after arriving in Turkey as the fourth seeded team in the Euroleague Women playoffs hosted thirteen seed USK Prague of the Czech Republic. Lindsey was thrown into action as the hosts had a tougher than expected time and she capped off a memorable debut with the game-winning basket as they took an early lead in the series with a 49-48 win. Lindsey had 8 points in 17 minutes as none of her star teammates managed to reach double figures. Ex-Rutgers player Kia Vaughn had 15 points in the loss. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and twelve seed Perfumerias Avenida had a tough draw in their playoff series against five seed Good Angels Kosice of Slovakia and lost 82-68 away from home. Monique had 15 points in 27 minutes before fouling out. Marta Fernandez had 13 points and Le'Coe Willingham had 12 points and 8 rebounds. In the win, ex-Texas Tech player Plenette Pierson had 23 points and ex-De Paul player Allie Quigley had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard missed a second game in a row, giving Wisla Krakow a challenge as the eleven seeds headed to France to face six seed Bourges, but they overcame an early deficit to bring home a 57-54 win. Tina Charles had 24 points and 11 rebounds. In the loss, ex-WNBA player Emmeline Ndongue had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Karima Christmas and Maccabi Ramat Hen faced Elitzur Holon and were overwhelmed in the second half to lose 84-61. Karima had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes and Ivory Latta had 21 points. In the win, ex-Liberty player Avery Warley had 33 points and 12 rebounds and ex-Tennessee player Alexis Hornbuckle had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Daniel Ewing and Besiktas were still searching for their first Euroleague in this round as they headed to Russia to play Khimki Moscow, but they were left frustrated again as they lost 87-56. Daniel had 7 points in 24 minutes. In the win, ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 18 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 14 points. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius and Real Madrid had a tougher time than expected against Alba Berlin, but eventually won 77-72. Marty had 2 points in 8 minutes. Jaycee Carroll had 16 points, Rudy Fernandez had 14 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 12 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-UNC player Deon Thompson had 14 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Buffalo player Yassin Idbihi had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood had 11 points. Here is the box score.
Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray headed to the Czech Republic to try to move on to the next round of Euroleague Women with a win over USK Prague. They were sharper in Game 2 than Game 1 and used a solid fourth quarter performance to win 78-63. Lindsey had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Sancho Lyttle had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 12 points. In the loss, Kia Vaughn had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida were trying to stave off elimination as they hosted Good Angels Kosice, but could not do so after falling 74-64. Monique had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes before fouling out. Marta Fernandez had 19 points and Le'Coe Willingham had 12 points. In the win, Allie Quigley had 23 points and Plenette Pierson had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard missed another game as Wisla Krakow tried to complete their series in Game 2 against Bourges, but they struggled mightily without her as another scoring option and fell 50-38 to send things back to France for a deciding Game 3. Tina Charles did everything she could with 28 points and 15 rebounds. In the win, ex-Maryland player Marissa Coleman had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Here is the box score.
All of the Euroleague Women playoffs had Game 1 on Tuesday at the home of the higher seed. Second seeded Spartak Moscow got just enough from its trio of stars to hold off pesky fifteen seed CSM Targoviste of Romania 91-84 in Russia. Becky Hammon had 23 points and 9 assists, Candice Dupree had 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Seimone Augustus had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. In the loss, ex-Rutgers players Matee Ajavon had 22 points and ex-Drexel player Gabriela Marginean had 19 points. Three seed Fenerbahce rolled past fourteen seed Gyor of Hungary 93-61 in Turkey without needing much from its stars. Angel McCoughtry had 16 points, ex-Virginia Tech player Ieva Kublina had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-DII player Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 19 points in the win. Ten seed Polkowice of Poland held onto a first half lead in Russia to edge past seven seed Nadezhda Orenburg 74-71. Ex-Stanford player Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 8 rebounds and ex-WNBA player Belinda Snell had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win while ex-Auburn player DeWanna Bonner had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. The eight-nine game was close as the home team won the first game with Famila Schio winning 69-63 over Spain's Rivas Ecopolis in Italy. In the win, ex-Ohio State player Jantel Lavender had 19 points and 9 rebounds and ex-WNBA player Laura Macchi had 10 points.
Game 2s all came on Friday at the home of the lower seed with several teams looking to clinch their spot in the final eight. Spartak Moscow did just enough in Romania to beat CSM Targoviste 68-63 to move on. Becky Hammon had 18 points and Candice Dupree had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win while ex-Tulsa player Jillian Robbins had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Matee Ajavon had 13 points in the loss. Fenerbahce also sealed a place in the next round after a 77-68 win over Gyor in Hungary behind 22 points and 9 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry and 13 points from Cappie Pondexter. Polkowice completed the sweep at home in Poland with a 76-70 win over Nadezhda Orenburg. Belinda Snell had 28 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-NAIA player Valeriya Musina had 10 points in the win. In the loss, DeWanna Bonner had 13 points and 15 rebounds and ex-UConn player Renee Montgomery had 12 points. Things are now tied up in the matchup between the eight and nine seed as Rivas Ecopolis won 75-47 in Spain to send Famila Schio back to Italy for the third game. In the win, WNBA player Ziomara Morrison had 13 points and ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 12 points while in the loss, Jantel Lavender had 15 points and 9 rebounds and ex-WNBA player Raffaela Masciadri had 11 points.
Thursday Euroleague action started in Turkey, where visiting FC Barcelona blasted hosts Fenerbahce Ulker 99-60. In the win, ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 17 points, ex-Texas high schooler Marcelo Huertas and 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 14 points each, and ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 13 points. In the loss, 2011 Miami Heat second round pick Bojan Bogdanovic, whose rights were traded twice on draft day to end up with the Brooklyn Nets, had 18 points and ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 17 points. In Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Montepaschi Siena of Italy 92-61. In the win, ex-Virginia player Devin Smith had 19 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-DII player David Logan had 14 points while ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 13 points in the loss. In Lithuania, Zalgiris Kaunas faltered in fourth quarter and fell 78-73 to Panathinaikos of Greece in a result that could be important at the end of this round. In the win, ex-NBA player Roko Ukic had 21 points and 6 assists and ex-Maryland player James Gist had 12 points and 9 rebounds while in the loss, ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 15 points and ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 10 points. Spain's Unicaja Malaga avoided embarrassment by holding off the late comeback of Brose in Germany for a 68-65 win to keep the hosts winless. In the loss, ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 17 points and ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 13 points.
Friday Euroleague action included Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow visiting Turkey to face Anadolu Efes, where they lost 63-60 after a poor second half. In the win, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 15 points, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 10 points and 7 rebounds as ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun, who was drafted in the second round in 2008 by the Seattle Supersonics before a draft day trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champions Olympiakos of Greece used a balanced effort to beat Caja Laboral Baskonia of Spain 82-74. In the win, ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 18 points and Georgios Printezis, who was originally drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round in 2007 before his rights were traded 5 times, most recently this week when he was moved to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the Eric Maynor trade, had 11 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, 2010 Washington Wizards second round pick Nemanja Bjelic, who was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day, had 12 points and 8 rebounds and ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 12 points.
With the Eurocup down to its final set of games in this round, there were four games on Tuesday and Wednesday with simultaneous tipoffs so that teams would have to play their games with little knowledge of the other game in the group. Qualification was already decided in Group L, but Ulm hosted Russia's Unics Kazan in Germany to determine which team would win the group and which one would settle for second place with the visitors pulling out a 79-77 win after a late comeback. In the win, ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 24 points, ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 20 points, and ex-Saint Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 12 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Nebraska player Lance Jeter had 18 points and ex-Villanova player Allan Ray had 16 points and 6 rebounds. The other group playing on Tuesday as Group J, where Spain's Bilbao sealed their spot with a 76-65 win over Latvia's VEF Riga. In the win, ex-NBA player Raul Lopez had 15 points and ex-St. John's player Lamont Hamilton had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Texas A&M player Antanas Kavaliauskas had 12 points and 8 rebounds and ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 10 points. The other game saw another Spanish team qualify as Valencia rolled past already eliminated Nymburk of the Czech Republic 104-55. In the win, ex-Xavier player Justin Doellman had 12 points and Serhiy Lishchuk, who was drafted in the second round in 2004 by the Memphis Grizzlies before a pair of trades moved his rights to the Los Angeles Lakers, had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Cal State Northridge player Michael Efevberha had 12 points and ex-Baylor player Tweety Carter had 11 points.
On Wednesday, Group I was still up for grabs and Montenegro's Buducnost took one spot with a 66-50 win over Banvit of Turkey. In the win, ex-Mississippi State player Dee Bost had 16 points and in the loss, ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 12 points. The other game in the group saw Ukraine's Budivelnik seal the top spot with an 88-77 win over Russia's Triumph Lyubertsy. Ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 26 points in the win while in the loss, ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 17 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Northern Arizona player Kyle Landry had 10 points. Things were already settled in Group K and Spain's Cajasol Sevilla finally got a win after beating Russia's Spartak St. Petersburg 68-66. In the win, ex-Boston University player John Holland had 23 points and Washington Wizards second round pick Tomas Satoransky had 11 points. In the loss, Minnesota Timberwolves 2006 second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 19 points and ex-Texas A&M player Josh Carter had 12 points. The other game saw Poland's Stelmet Zielona Gora earn a consolation win against group winner Lokomotiv Kuban 94-88. Ex-Florida player Walter Hodge had 29 points and 10 assists in the win while in the loss, ex-Alabama player Richard Hendrix had 20 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown had 19 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-Florida player Nick Calathes, who was drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves before a draft day trade to the Dallas Mavericks, had 13 points and 11 assists.
With this round completed, the top two teams moved on to the quarterfinals with each group winner facing a group runner up and hosting the second game of a two game aggregate series. Here are the matchups with the winners of the first two ties squaring off in one semifinal and the winners of the other two playing in the second one:
Budivelnik Kiev (Ukraine, 1st in I) vs Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia, 2nd in K)
Uxue Bilbao (Spain, 1st in J) vs Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany, 2nd in L)
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (Russia, 1st in K) vs Buducnost Voli (Montenegro, 2nd in I)
Unics Kazan (Russia, 1st in L) vs Valencia (Spain, 2nd in J)
On Tuesday, the Eurochallenge continued as more teams were ready to move on to the next round. In Group I, Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka beat Ventspils of Latvia 84-75 to take the top spot in the group. In the win, ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 16 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 15 points, ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-Ohio State player Jon Diebler, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Portland Trailblazers before his rights were traded to the Houston Rockets this summer, had 10 points. In the loss, ex-App State player Donald Sims had 16 points and 6 assists and ex-George Mason player Folarin Campbell had 10 points. The other game in the group saw Finland's Joensuun Kataja surge late to overcome Gaz Metan Medias of Romania 79-75 to keep things wide open in the group. In the win, ex-DII player Jonte Flowers had 16 points and ex-Minnesota player Daniel Coleman had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
In Group J, Szolnoki Olaj of Hungary kept their chances of moving on alive with an 81-66 win over previously eliminated Hapoel Holon of Israel. In the win, ex-Mercer player James Florence had 20 points while in the loss, ex-Old Dominion player Frank Hassell had 24 points and 16 rebounds and ex-Stanford player Lawrence Hill had 18 points and 7 rebounds. The other game in the group went to visiting Gravelines as they qualified for the next round with an 87-86 win at fellow French team Paris-Levallois, which was without its usual UNC players. In the win, ex-Alabama player Kennedy Winston had 25 points, ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 13 points, and ex-JC player Ludovic Vaty had 10 points. In the loss, ex-USF player John Cox had 16 points and ex-Furman player Maleye N'Doye had 14 points and 7 rebounds.
In Group K, already qualified Krasnye Krylia of Russia continued its winning ways with a 76-68 win over Khimik of Ukraine. In the win, ex-Kansas player Aaron Miles had 14 points, ex-UTEP player Omar Thomas had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Purdue player Willie Deane and ex-Oregon player Devoe Joseph had 16 points each. The rest of the group is yet to be settled as Turkey's Tofas beat Sweden's Norrkoping Dolphins 76-70 in the other game. In the win, ex-DII player Austin Nichols had 15 points and ex-Texas A&M player and 2009 Los Angeles Lakers second round pick Chinemelu Elonu had 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Pacific player Christian Maraker had 22 points and ex-Northern Arizona player Joakim Kjellbom had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Group L is now all settled after Germany's Bonn won 92-88 at fellow German side Oldenburg to ensure that both teams are through to the next round. In the win, ex-Xavier player Jamel McLean had 28 points, ex-Missouri State player Kyle Weems had 14 points and 7 rebounds, ex-DII player Benas Veikalas had 12 points, and ex-UAB player Robert Vaden and ex-Valparaiso player Chris Ensminger had 10 points each. In the loss, ex-Purdue player Chris Kramer had 19 points, ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 14 points, ex-Akron player Dru Joyce had 12 points and 8 assists, and ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 10 points and 9 rebounds. The other game ended up being meaningless as Belgium's Okapi Aalstar beat Minsk of Belarus 100-76. In the win, ex-Gonzaga player Derek Raivio had 20 points and 6 assists, ex-Rider player Ryan Thompson had 18 points, ex-Michigan player Christopher Young had 13 point and 7 rebounds, ex-UTEP player John Tofi had 12 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-BYU player Lee Cummard had 11 points.