On Monday, Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray had their first game in the Euroleague Top 8 as they faced Slovakia's Good Angels Kosice in a Group A clash as the Final 8 took place in Russia. While they finally had their strongest team available, they fell behind quickly against one of the biggest surprises of the tournament and trailed 46-16 at the half, meaning that even a big rally in the second half left them short 71-65. Lindsey had 13 points in 32 minutes. Sancho Lyttle had 15 points and Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds. In the win, ex-Texas Tech player Plenette Pierson had 15 points, ex-De Paul player Allie Quigley had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-UTEP player Natasha Lacy had 11 points. Here is the box score.
Shelden Williams and Chalon briefly fell behind against LeMans, but eventually retook the lead to win 66-60. Shelden had 5 points in 25 minutes. Blake Schilb had 23 points and 6 assists and Marcus Denmon had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Memphis player Darius Washington had 17 points, ex-George Mason player Cam Long had 16 points, and ex-Murray State player Cuthbert Victor had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Besiktas finally won without needing Daniel Ewing as they beat Hacettepe 84-57 after rocketing out of halftime and seizing control. Ricky Minard had 12 points and Patrick Christopher had 10 points. In the loss, former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Clay Tucker had 18 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Old Dominion player Ricardo Marsh had 18 points, and ex-North Carolina State player Anthony Grundy had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Here is the box score.
On Tuesday, Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray had their second Euroleague Women game against Poland's Polkowice and knew that they would need a win to keep themselves in the competition. Althought they had an early lead, they collapsed in the second quarter and could not come back as they lost 57-51 and were suprisingly bounced from the competition even before the final game. Lindsey had 4 points in 20 minutes and Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, ex-Stanford player Nneka Ogwumike had 21 points and 12 rebounds and ex-WNBA player Belinda Snell had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray had one more Euroleague Women game before heading home as they and UMMC Ekaterinburg did not have much to play for as both teams shuffled their rotations and the hosts won 72-44. Lindsey had 2 points as she only played 8 minutes and Sancho Lyttle had 11 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, Diana Taurasi had 13 points, ex-WNBA player Ewelina Kobryn had 12 points, Candace Parker had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-WNBA player Sandrine Gruda had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
David McClure and Neptunas played winless Palanga in domestic league action and managed to hang on as they won 88-86. David got the start and had 7 points in 16 minutes. In the loss, ex-JC player Mantas Mockevicius had 31 points. Here is the box score.
Monday Euroleague Women games started with the two Group B games. Russia's Spartak Moscow beat Italy's Famila Schio 88-79. In the win, Candice Dupree had 18 points and 9 rebounds, Seimone Augustus had 18 points, and ex-George Washington player Elise Aguilar had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Ohio State player Jantel Lavender had 32 points and 10 rebounds and ex-Kansas player Danielle McCray had 12 points. The other game in the group saw Turkey's Fenerbahce dominated the third quarter to beat France's Bourges 69-44. In the win, Angel McCoughtry had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Cappie Pondexter had 11 points, and ex-DII player Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 10 points. The other Group A game saw hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia beat Polkowice 68-45. In the win, Candace Parker had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Sandrine Gruda and fellow ex-WNBA player Anete Jekabsone had 15 and 11 points respectively as Nneka Ogwumike had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Tuesday Euroleague Women games started in Group B again as Bourges surprised Spartak Moscow 71-64. Ex-Maryland player Marissa Coleman had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in the win while Seimone Augustus had 19 points and Candice Dupree had 16 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. The other game had a more expected result as Fenerbahce pounded Family Schio 86-59. In the win, Angel McCoughtry had 15 points, Cappie Pondexter had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 11 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Ieva Kublina had 10 points while Jantel Lavender had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. The other Group A game was an easy 72-41 win for UMMC Ekaterinburg over Good Angels Kosice to qualify for the next round. In the win, Anete Jekabsone had 14 points, Diana Taurasi had 13 points, Candace Parker had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Sandrine Gruda had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Wednesday was the final day of the group stage of the Euroleague Women Final 8. In Group B, Bourges held off Famila Schio 60-56 to give themselves a chance to advance pending the results of the following game. In the win, Marissa Coleman had 19 points and 6 rebounds and ex-DII player Johannah Leedham had 10 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 7 rebounds and Danielle McCray had 17 points and 6 steals. The winners did end up advancing as Fenerbahce beat Spartak Moscow 73-70. In the win, Cappie Pondexter had 26 points and Angel McCoughtry had 16 points and 14 rebounds. In the loss, Seimone Augustus had 15 points and Candice Dupree had 13 points and 9 rebounds. The Group A game would grant the winner the final spot in the semifinals and Good Angels Kosice took care of business as they beat Polkowice 66-54. In the win, Plenette Pierson had 22 points and 8 rebounds, Allie Quigley had 12 points, and Natasha Lacy had 11 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, Nneka Ogwumike had 18 points and ex-NAIA player Valeriya Musina had 10 points. These results left UMMC Ekaterinburg facing Bourges in the first semifinal on Friday and Fenerbahce squaring off against Good Angels Koscie in the other game.
There was one Euroleague game on Wednesday as the two German teams battled for nothing but pride and Alba Berlin kept Brose winless in this stage by winning 75-72. In the win, ex-UNC player Deon Thompson had 15 points, ex-JC player Ali Traore had 14 points, ex-Ohio State player Jekel Foster had 11 points, and ex-Wisconsin player Zach Morley had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 16 points and 9 rebounds, ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 11 points, and ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen had 10 points.
The Eurocup Semifinals started with the Game 1s of each series on Wednesday. Spain's Bilbao went to Ukraine and won 93-83 over Budivelnik to put themselves in a strong position for the final game next week. Ex-St. John's player Lamont Hamilton had 26 points and 8 rebounds in the win to help cancel out a masterful performance from ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney, who scored 38 points on only 13 field goal attempts and grabbed 8 rebounds. The second game resulted in an away win as well as Lokomotiv Kuban will bring a 97-87 lead back to Russia after they beat Valencia in Spain. In the win, ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown had 19 points and 6 rebound and ex-Alabama player Richard Hendrix had 14 points while ex-Xavier player Justin Doellman had 28 points in the loss.
The last two Eurochallenge quarterfinals were finished on Tuesday with a pair of decisive Game 3s. In Turkey, Pinar Karsiyaka used home court advantage and a strong opening quarter to beat France's Paris-Levallois 85-69. In the win, ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 22 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 22 points and 6 assists, ex-Oklahoma State player Melvin Sanders had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 10 points as ex-UNC player Sean May had 23 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Home court was key in the other series as well as Oldenburg won 100-78 in Germany to eliminate Khimik of Ukraine. In the win, ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding had 24 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 22 points, ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 17 points, and ex-Princeton player Konrad Wysocki had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Purdue player Willie Deane had 23 points and ex-Oregon player Devoe Joseph had 14 points. These two teams will face each other in one final four matchup while the other semifinal will be contested by Gravelines of France and Krasnye Krylia of Russia.