Lynx Aplenty in EuroLeague Sweet 16
Eighth-Finals play in the EuroLeague began yesterday, with more than a few Lynx players taking the court for their respective teams. We've broken down each game for you, including how your favorite Lynx players fared.
Umana Reyer Venezia 60, MiZo Pecs 61
Nicole Ohlde and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson squared off in a battle featuring Ohlde's MiZo Pecs Club vs. Hayden-Johnson's Umana Reyer Venezia of Italy. This game came down to the last seconds, as a pair of last-second free throws decided the game for Mizo Pecs. Two free throws by Brooke Queenan with just two seconds remaining lifted Mizo Pecs to a 61-60 upset of Group B winner Umana Reyer Venezia.
Reyer seemingly had the win wrapped up, leading by three with just 14 seconds left before things went down hill. In a 12-second span, Reyer missed both of its attempts at the line and in turn, MiZo connected on four-of-four attempts from the charity stripe to take the one-point win.
In the win, Ohlde, who joined MiZo just two weeks ago, netted 17 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes. Hayden-Johnson came off the bench to score five points and haul in an astounding 17 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
These same two teams meet in Hungary Friday night in game two of their best-of-three series.
UMMC Ekaterinburg 91, Teo Vilnius 61
Noelle Quinn and her Lithuanian club Teo Vilnius took on Russian club UMMC Ekaterinburg Tuesday night in Ekaterinburg. The Russian powerhouse jumped out early, taking a commanding 47-30 lead at half. UMMC coasted from there, cruising to a 91-61 win.
UMMC features WNBA stars Cappie Pondezter, Deanna Nolan and Asjha Jones. The three of them combined for only 26 points, but that was enough to hand Quinn's Teo squad the loss. The Lynx guard tallied just four points, two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of action.
UMMC will try to clinch the best-of-three series Friday in Vilnius.
Ros Casares 98, Broker Kosice 53
Candice Wiggins and Spanish power Ros Casares hosted Slovakian club Maxima Broker Kosice Tuesday night in Valencia. Wiggins, signed Friday, Dec. 19 by the Spanish club was making her European debut Tuesday, after playing in two games in Spain's Liga Femenina.
Ros Casares, long considered the class of Spanish basketball, used an up-tempo style and an intense on-the-ball defense to draw ahead 44-19 at half. Wiggins and Ros kept the pedal to the medal in the second and coasted to a 98-43 win. For the game, Ros forced 30 turnovers from Kosice and shot a remarkable 57.4% from the floor while holding Kosice to a mere 32.2%.
Proving that her knee injury suffered late in the WNBA season is a thing of the past, Wiggins scored a game-high 23 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Wiggins also added two boards and three steals in the 45-point win.
Wiggins and company will travel to Slovakia Friday for game two of the best-of-three series.
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