Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Euroleague 8/2008 - Nadezhda Orenburg 65, Bourges 61

Olga Ovcharenko goes for two.

B-Money might be ringing up cash in Russia, but Nadehzda Orenburg (2-6) is getting value for their cash - they win another game in Euroleague, dealing French League power Bourges (5-3) a 65-61 defeat in front of a home crowd of 2500 Nadezhda fans.

The win gives Nadezhda Orenburg an outside chance of winning their next two games and finishing 4-6 and in fourth place in Group A. Fourth place in Group A would be good enough to go on to the next round of Euroleague.

The boxscore is here. A writeup which links to a mini-galler is here. (Sorry, no Betty Lennox pics. Must be a French photographer.)

It certainly wasn't a good first half as Nadezhda Orenburg were down 38-23 and looking at their seventh defeat. In the third quarter, they held Bourges to just 11 points and temporarily took the lead, down by two 49-47 at the end of the third. With 4:19 left in the fourth, Nadehzda Orenburg took the lead again when Olga Ovcharenko hit a jump shot. Bourges came back to tie, but Anastasiya Veremeenko scored two points with 2:57 left and Nadehzda Orenburg never lost the lead again.

Both teams shot at the same percentage - 39 for Nadezhda Orenburg, 40 for Bourges. Bourges led in offensive rebounding, Nadezhda scored fewer turnovers. The key to the game was free throws - Nadezhda Orenburg was sent to the line 18 times and hit 16 of them.

Anastasiya Veremeenko scored 22 points and four rebounds for Nadezhda Orenburg. Betty Lennox had an okay game - 17 points on 18 shots, and nine total rebounds - but six turnovers. Shameka Christon only scored four points - all in the fourth quarter.

Endene Miyem scored 25 points and seven rebounds for Bourges, but she was the only player for Bourges to score in double figures. Celine Dumerc scored seven points and six rebounds for the visitors.

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