Friday, April 10, 2009

Heartbreaking Loss for Taranto

Lost in the excitement of yesterday's WNBA Draft was a wild finish to the EuroCup. Cras Basket Taranto traveled to Turkey with a 12-point aggregate leading entering yesterday's second leg at Galatasaray. The home team controlled the game much of the way, with the result being that while the scoreboard showed a comfortable Galatasaray lead, in reality the series was tight.

Two free throws by Galatasaray's Marina Kress made it 69-57 with 34 seconds left to play, meaning the two teams were tied in aggregate scoring. After the teams traded empty possessions with an Audret Sauret-Gillespie turnover and a Seimone Augustus miss, they headed to overtime. Galatasaray dominated the extra session, outscoring Taranto 13-4. The final aggregate margin was 137-128.

Suzy Batkovic was one of three Taranto players to score double-figures, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Megan Mahoney led Taranto with 20 points, but Galatasaray's duo of Sophia Young (27 points) and Augustus (23) was too much to overcome and Taranto will have to settle for second in EuroCup.

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