February 18, 2012
Regular Season Round 19: Galatasaray – Istanbul Univ.
68-61 (14-19, 14-11, 17-15, 23-16)
In a game with a lot of interest to Chicago Sky fans, Galatasaray (16-3) defeated Istanbul University (3-16) 68-61 in an exciting fashion. The game was tied after three quarters and Galatasaray turned up the tempo to pull away in the fourth quarter. Diana Taurasi led Galatasaray with 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Sky center, Sylvia Fowles, chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds and guard Epiphanny Prince had four assists and two rebounds for Galatasaray. Sky center Carolyn Swords had a double-double with 11 points and 13 points and Dominique Canty contributed 17 points and five assists for Istanbul University. The win pushes Galatasaray to a tie for first place while Istanbul University lost its fourth game in a row. Fowles, Prince, and Galatasary take on Antakya in their next game and Swords, Canty, and Istanbul University will play Ceyhan Bld at home.
February 12, 2012
Regular Season Round 18: Istanbul Univ. - Mersin
60-67 (22-12, 12-21, 15-12, 11-22)
Fifth place Mersin (10-8) needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat Istanbul University (3-15), 67-60 on Sunday. Mersin was trailing by four points after the third quarter but they went on a 22-11 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Center Carolyn Swords recorded a double double for Istanbul University by recording 14 points and 15 rebounds and her Sky teammate, Dominque Canty had 14 points and three assists. Istanbul University is on a three game losing streak and will take on the Sky teammates Epiphanny Prince, Sylvia Fowles and Galatasaray in its next game.
February 5, 2012
Regular Season Round 16: Botas - Istanbul Univ.
105-100 OT (19-24, 22-22, 23-22, 23-19, 18-13)
Seventh ranked Botas (7-9) edged out Twelfth-ranked Istanbul Universitesi (3-13) in overtime, 105-100. Istanbul Universitesi was ahead by 4 points after three quarters, but Botas went a 23-19 run in the 4th quarter to tie the game at the end of regular time. Botas attempted 37 free throws, which allowed it to get back into the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Courtney Paris helped to win the game recording a double double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Monica Wright contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Charde Houston replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Chicago Sky players Carolyn Swords and Dominque Canty added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively in the effort for Istanbul Universitesi. Botas' next round opponent will be Besiktas (#11) in Istanbul. Istanbul Universitesi will play on the road against Antakya in Hatay.
January 28, 2012
Regular Season Round 15: Istanbul Univ. - Optimum TED
68-66 (16-18, 18-16, 20-12, 14-20)
Istanbul Universitesi (3-12) edged out Optimum TED (6-9) 68-66 at home on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Istanbul Universitesi made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Istanbul Universitesi outrebounded Optimum TED 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Charde Houston led her team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sky guard Dominique Canty nine points with five assists in the win and Sky center Carolyn Swords had 14 ponits and seven rebounds. Center Kara Braxton scored 15 points and 10 rebounds and Sky guard Erin Thorn added 15 points and four assists in the effort for Optimum TED. Istanbul Universitesi moved-up to eleventh place with the win and Optimum TED dropped to the seventh. Istanbul Universitesi will face Botas (#7) in Adana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
January 21, 2012
Regular Season Round 14: Fenerbahce - Istanbul Univ.
105-87 (31-33, 38-18, 23-18, 13-18)
Istanbul Universitesi (2-12) had a rough game against Leader Fenerbahce as they won their thirteenth game in a row 105-87. It looked good early as Istanbul Universitesi took a 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fenerbahce had a 38-18 second period charge getting the lead and Istanbul Universitesi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-105. Fenerbahce dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Istanbul Universitesi's 48 and made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Istanbul Universitesi 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. American forward Angel McCoughtry orchestrated the victory with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Australian forward Penny Taylor contributed with 24 points and five assists for the winners. Chicago Sky’s Carolyn Swords replied with 12 points and nine rebounds and her fellow Sky teammate added 14 points and three assists in the effort for Istanbul Universitesi. Five Fenerbahce and four Istanbul Universitesi players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce will play against Antakya (#10) in Hatay in the next round and Istanbul Universitesi will play at home against Optimum TED in Ankara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
January 14, 2012
Regular Season Round 13: Istanbul Univ. - Tarsus Bld
69-74 (22-22, 15-13, 14-24, 18-15)
The game between closely ranked teams Istanbul Universitesi's (2-11) could not pull off the win at home and lost to Tarsus Bld (4-9) 69-74 on Saturday. Tarsus Bld trailed by 2 points at the half before their 24-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tarsus Bld made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Center Jessica Adair stepped up and scored 15 points and nine rebounds for the winners and American guard Ivory Latta in 16 points and five assists. Four Tarsus Bld players scored in double figures. For Istanbul Universitesi Charde Houston led the team with 24 points and 14 rebounds and making her debute game overseas this season Dominique Canty scored 10 points and had four rebounds. Carolyn Swords had six points and nine rebounds. Tarsus Bld moved-up to tenth place and Istanbul Universitesi stay at the bottom position. Tarsus Bld will face Antakya (#8) in Hatay in the next round and Istanbul Universitesi will play on the road against the league's leader Fenerbahce.