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After Several Weeks of Competition, European Leagues Ready for Break

  • Date:
    Nov 4, 2021

The EuroLeague and EuroCup, which have completed five and four weeks of competition, respectively, are now on a nearly three-week break for the Nov. 7-15 international window for women’s basketball. Competition will resume on Nov. 23 (EuroCup) and 24 (EuroLeague). During the break in European league games, the FIBA AmeriCup 3x3 Championship will be held in Miami, as well as EuroBasket qualifying games.

One EuroLeague team and seven EuroCup squads head into the break with undefeated records. Once teams return to action, the jockeying for a playoff spot will heat up.

EuroLeague playoffs will feature the top four teams in each of the two preliminary round groups advancing to the quarterfinals, where teams will play a best-of-three series to advance to the semifinals. The fifth and sixth place teams in each group are not completely out of a trophy hunt – those teams earn a spot in the EuroCup quarterfinals.

EuroCup playoffs start with 32 teams playing a home-and-away series with the aggregate score determining the team that will advance through the playoffs, and each round is played in the same manner through to the finals.

UMMC Ekaterinburg Remains Lone Unbeaten Team in EuroLeague
There will be no battle of the unbeatens in December EuroLeague action after Perfumerias Avenidas was handed its first loss to drop to 4-1 in EuroLeague Group A, which is led by defending champion UMMC Ekaterinburg (5-0).

American Athletes Tops Among EuroLeague Scorers
Kayla McBride, scoring at a clip of 21.0 ppg. through five games, is leading all EuroLeague regular season scorers. Ranked tied for second are Kennedy Burke and Natasha Howard with 20.0 ppg. Take a look at where other Americans rank among the top 30 EuroLeague scorers.

1. Kayla McBride (21.0 ppg.)
2. (tie) Kennedy Burke (20.0 ppg.)
    Natasha Howard (20.0 ppg.)
7. Arike Ogunbowale (17.3 ppg.)
8. (tie) Megan Gustafson (17.0 ppg.)
11. Brionna Jones (16.7 ppg.)
14. Riquna Williams (15.7 ppg.)
22. Rebekah Gardner (14.0 ppg.)
26. Jasmine Thomas (13.2 ppg.)
27. (tie) Haley Peters (13.0 ppg.)
      Katie Lou Samuelson (13.0 ppg.)
       Alyssa Thomas (13.0 ppg.)

Seven Punch Ticket to EuroCup Playoffs
The EuroCup, which capped its fourth week of games, features 48 teams split into 12 regular season groupings. Each team plays a home and away game against each team in its group, and a total of 32 teams eventually will advance to the first round of playoffs.

As of the conclusion of this week’s games, seven teams secured playoff spots, with 25 more slots up for grabs. The seven teams assured of advancement include 2021 SuperCup champions Valencia, BC Polkowice, Tango Bourges, Roche Vendee, Tarbes GB, CBK Mersin Yenisehir amd BC Nadezhda. Four of those teams feature top U.S. talent, in Tiffany Hayes (Mersin), Kristen Mann (Bourges), Stephanie Mavunga (Polkowice) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Roche Vendee).

EuroCup Highlights

  • Ariel Atkins’s put up 24 points and nine rebounds and Joyner Holmes added 23 points and 10 boards for BC Prometey in an 80-78 loss to ACS Sepsi-Sic, which was led by a 39-point, 13-rebound outburst from Brianna Fraser.
  • Jessica Shepard’s 42 points (19-30 FGs) and 20 rebounds powered Banco Sardegna Sassari to an 81-74 win over BCF Elfic Fribourg.
  • N’Dea Jones posted 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead WBC Enisey past Hatayspor 63-53.
  • Despite 23 points from Teaira McCowan and 21 points and 11 assists from Danielle Robinson, Orman Genclik fell 89-84 to Nika Kyktyvkar, which was bolstered in the win by 12 points and six assists from Tyasha Harris.
  • Tiffany Hayes aided CBK Mersin to a 78-48 win over Horizont with a 12-point, 8-assist performance.
  • Destiny Slocum’s 15 points and eight assists was not enough as Bellona Kayseri dropped its game against Nesibe Aydin 85-76.
  • Stephanie Mavunga’s 23 points and 14 rebounds not only helped lead Polkowice to a 76-60 victory over Panathinaikos, as noted above, it helped her squad secure a playoff berth.
  • Kristen Mann contributed 13 points in a Tango Bourges 91-56 victory over Tenerife, despite the Canary Island squad receiving 20 points and eight rebounds from Kaela Davis and 10 points and 10 boards from Megan Walker.
  • Myisha Hines-Allen poured in 34 points on 12-of-26 shooting from the field and hauled in 16 rebounds, while Brianna Turner scored six points and grabbed 21 caroms in a 67-62 Virtus Segafredo Bologna victory over Lointek Gernika.

2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Standings & Week 5 Games

Group A W-L Group B W-L
UMMC Ekaterinburg 5-0 Sopron Basket 4-1
Perfumerias Avenida 4-1 Dynamo Kursk 3-2
BLMA 3-2 Basket Landes 3-2
ZVVZ USK Prague 3-2 Galatasaray 3-2
TTT Riga 2-3 Beretta Famila Schio 2-3
MBA Moscow 2-3 Fenerbahce Safiport 2-3
Umana Reyer 1-4 Spar Girona 2-3
KSC Szekszard 0-5 VBW Arka Gdynia 1-4

UMMC Ekaterinburg 82, KSC Kzekszard 67
Led by 17 points and 10 boards from Jonquel Jones and 16 points from Allie Quigley, UMMC Ekaterinburg (5-0) stands as the only undefeated team in EuroLeague action after defeating winless KSC Szekszard (0-5) 82-67 in Hungary.

Sopron Basket 79, Dynamo Kursk 72
Playing on its home court, Sopron Basket (4-1) moved into the lead in Group B with a 79-72 win over Dynamo Kursk (3-2). Sopron was paced to victory with a 23-point performance from Gabby Williams and Shay Peddy added 19 points, while Natasha Howard notched 21 points and Arike Ogunbowale scored 18 in the loss, which put Kursk in a three-way tie for second place in the group standings.

ZVVZ USK Prague 80, Perfumerias Avenida 55
ZVVZ USK Prague (3-2) dominated previously unbeaten Perfumerias Avenida (4-1) 80-55 to move into a three-way tie for third place in Group A. Trailing 39-33 at the end of the first half, the Czech club outscored Avenida 41-22 in the second half for the 25-point victory. Spain’s Maria Conde scored a game-high 21 points, while 2021 USA 3x3 AmeriCup Team member Brionna Jones added 15 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Czech club. Katie Lou Samuelson topped the scoring for Avenida, contributing 13 points in the loss.

MBA Moscow 62, Umana Reyer 61
MBA Moscow (2-3) edged Umana Reyer (1-4) 62-61 to pick up a critical victory and keep its playoff hopes alive. The game, in which neither team owned a double-digit lead, saw nine lead changes and was close throughout. MBA Moscow, which lists only Russians on its roster, was led by Elena Kirillova and Zhosselina Maiga, who scored 15 points apiece. Serbian Yvonne Anderson scored 12 points as Umana’s high scorer.

Beretta Famila Schio 64, Fenerbahce Safiport 60
Despite receiving a game-high 27 points from Kayla McBride, Fenerbahce Safiport (2-3) dropped its game against Beretta Famila Schio (2-3) 64-60. France’s Sandrine Gruda scored 17 points, had eight rebounds and four assists to help lead Schio to its second win of the season.

BLMA 63, TTT Riga 54
BLMA (3-2) never trailed and picked up a big win this week, 63-54 over TTT Riga (2-3) to remain among the top four teams in Group A. Playing in France on its home court, BLMA was paced to victory by Haley Peters, who tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals; and Jasmine Thomas chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds in Riga’s loss.

Basket Landes 79, VBW Arka Gdynia 70
Paced by 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists from Sophie Cunningham, Basket Landes (3-2) remained among the top teams of Group B with a 79-70 win over VBW Arka Gdynia (1-4). Ireland’s Alice Kunek finished as Gdynia’s leader with 19 points and Croatia’s Ana-Marija Begic added 18.

Galatasaray 69, Spar Girona 55
Owning a 27-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, Galatasaray (3-2) continued to cruise to a 69-55 win over Spar Girona (2-3) in Spain. Gala had three players close out with 17 points, including Turkey’s Pelin Bilgic, Serbian Tina Krajisnik and Riquna Williams. Rebekah Gardner, 15 points, and Kennedy Burke, 13 points, were the Spanish squad’s top two scorers.

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