FENERBAHCE TURN BACK BRAVE BLMA
Fenerbahce didn’t lose a game in Round 1 of the EuroLeague Women and they’re still the only undefeated team in the competition after an 83-71 victory over Lattes Montpellier on the opening night of play-off action.
Penny Taylor poured in 24 points and Ivana Matovic 20 as Fener rolled to a convincing triumph.
The Turkish giants stormed into a 26-8 lead late in the first quarter with Matovic scoring eight points.
Taylor and Angel McCoughtry had six apiece as the hosts took command.
The French outfit didn’t quit and went on a 6-0 run to close the gap to 59-48 with 2:22 to go in the third quarter.
A Diandra Tchatchouang basket reduced the arrears to 62-52 at the end of the frame.
Taylor started the fourth with a pair of free-throws, though, and Zane Tamane took the advantage to 14 with a jump shot as Fenerbahce maintained a comfortable advantage.
The visitors continued to scrap and reduced the arrears to 73-65 with 4:49 remaining on a fast-break lay-up by Kristen Mann.
The basket forced Fener coach George Dikeoulakos to call a timeout.
When play resumed, Matovic scored and Tamane followed with a basket to extend the lead back to 77-65 as Fener maintained control.
Tamane ended up with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Montpellier got 20 points from Mann and 13 from Sacko.