March 3, 2012

Galatasary used a defensive focused game plan to beat Mersin 67-41 in a game featuring two top five teams. Galatasary forced 17 turnovers, blocked six shots, and grabbed 25 defensive rebounds to set the tone defensively. Sylvia Fowles was a force on offense and defense scoring 20 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking five shots. Galatasary remains tied with Fenerbahce for first place and will put its four game winning streak on the line against Botas, another top five team, when they meet in the next round.

February 26, 2012
Regular Season Round 20: Antakya – Galatasary
70-77 (18-22, 13-12, 21-12, 18-31)

Galatasary knocked off Antakya, 77-70 to improve to a league best 17-3. Galatasary benefited from shooting 58% from the field and dominating the glass with a 44-26 rebounding advantage. Galatasary used 19 offensive rebounds to build its rebounding lead. Two Chicago Sky teammates led Galatasary in the victory, Sylvia Fowles led the way with 26 points and 18 rebounds and Epiphanny Prince had 14 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Galatasary’s next game will be on March 3 when they take on fourth place Mersin.

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: Optimum TED - Galatasaray
59-70 (10-24, 16-6, 14-20, 19-20) 

Sylvia Fowles had a double double and second place Galatasaray (15-3) defeated ninth place Optimum TED (6-12), 70-59. Galatasaray controlled the pace of the game and outscored Optimum TED in the paint, 52-32. Diana Taurasi’s 13 points and 11 complimented Fowles’ 12 points and 10 assists in the victory. The Sky’s Epiphanny Prince had seven points and three rebounds in 23 minutes for Galatasaray. Prince and Fowles will face off against Sky teammates, Carolyn Swords and Dominque Canty in Galatasaray’s next game against Istanbul University.

February 4, 2012
Regular Season Round 16: Tarsus Bld - Galatasaray
76-90 (14-17, 19-24, 21-28, 22-21) 

Second ranked Galatasaray (14-2) defeated 9th ranked Tarsus Bld (5-11), 90-76. Galatasaray dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Tarsus Bld's 34. They outrebounded Tarsus Bld 52-26 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Galatasary had a pair of Chicago Sky players contribute in the win, guard, Epiphanny Prince recorded 27 points and 6 rebounds, and center Sylvia Fowles contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Ivory Latta replied with 26 points and her fellow American import power forward Chasity Melvin added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Tarsus Bld. Galatasaray is on a solid four-game winning streak and has found themselves in first place as a result. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be league's leader Fenerbahce in Istanbul and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tarsus Bld will play on the road against Ceyhan Bld (#4) in Adana.

January 28, 2012
Regular Season Round 15: Galatasaray - Samsun
92-53 (30-14, 25-15, 15-14, 22-10)

Samsun (8-7) was smashed by Galatasaray (13-2) in Istanbul 92-53 on Saturday night, Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Galatasaray outrebounded Samsun 37-24 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Galatasaray especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 76.9 percentage. They looked well organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Sky guard Epiphanny Prince who contributed with 18 points and four steals for the winners and Sylvia Fowles had six points with four rebounds. Five Galatasaray players scored in double figures. American forward Jillian Robbins answered with 17 points and six rebounds and the other American import power forward Jayne Appel added six points, eight rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Samsun. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-2 record behind leader Fenerbahce. Samsun at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Galatasaray will face Tarsus Bld (#9) in Mersin in the next round and Samsun will play at home against Ceyhan Bld (#4) in Adana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

January 22, 2012
Regular Season Round 14: Besiktas - Galatasaray
68-75 (16-25, 15-17, 19-16, 18-17)

In a matchup between three Sky teammates, Syl anf Prince on Galatasaray (#2) and Sloot on Besiktas (#11), Besiktas was defeated at home 68-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. Galatasaray made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Besiktas only scored seven points from the stripe. Sky’s Epiphanny Prince had an amazing game with 27 points, six rebounds and five assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and center Sylvia Fowles had in 17 points and nine rebounds during the contest. Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot responded with 26 points and four assists and forward Yasemin Horasan produced 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Galatasaray maintains second position with 12-2 record behind leader Fenerbahce. Besiktas now has lost third consecutive game in a row. They keep the eleventh place with 11 position. Galatasaray will meet at home Samsun (#5) in the next round and Besiktas will play against Ceyhan Bld (#4) in Adana.

January 15, 2012
Regular Season Round 13: Galatasaray - Kayseri
83-54 (24-10, 16-16, 27-18, 16-10)

Sylvia Fowles got her first chance to see her new Sky teammate and forward Le’Coe Willingham in Istanbul Sunday as Galatasaray (11-2) took on Kayseri (9-4). Fowles’ team had an impressive 83-54 win over Kayseri, but Willingham had a great game. Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kayseri's 28. They outrebounded Kayseri 45-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spanish forward Alba Torrens stepped up and scored 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the winners and Fowles chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. At the losing side new Chicago Sky forward Le’Coe Willingham responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the other Bahar Ozturk scored six points and five assists. Galatasaray maintains second place with a 11-2 record behind leader Fenerbahce. Kayseri is still in third after the loss. Galatasaray will face Besiktas (#11) in Istanbul in the next round and Kayseri will play at home against Ceyhan Bld (#4) in Adana.

January 4, 2012
Regular Season Round 12: Ceyhan Bld - Galatasaray
98-95 (27-24, 20-19, 24-33, 27-19)

In one of the most exciting games of the week, Galatasaray (10-2) could not pull out the win over Ceyhan Bld (8-4) and lost 98-85. Galatasaray was trailing by 4 points at half, but managed to get a 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Ceyhan Bld. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Ceyhan Bld forced 21 Galatasaray turnovers and looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Natasha Lacy helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 assists and American power forward Ashley Walker who added 29 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Ceyhan Bld players scored in double figures. The best for the Galatasaray was Tina Charles who had an impressive with 38 points and nine rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) and Big Syl had a good game as well shooting 4 of 5 from the field with eight points. Ceyhan Bld maintains fourth position with 8-4 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Ceyhan Bld are looking forward to face Botas (#6) in Adana in the next round. Galatasaray will play at home against Kayseri.

December 21, 2011
Regular Season Round 10: Mersin - Galatasaray
59-89
(19-27, 13-23, 15-16, 12-23)

Galatasaray (9-1) continues to fire on all cylinders as they smash Mersin (4-6) 89-59 on Wednesday night. Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They especially dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of their 89 points in the paint compared to Mersin's 34. Galatasaray had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds and dished 21 assists that contributed to the win. Sylvia Fowles had a good game scoring 17 points and eight rebounds and her counterpart Tina Charles had a double-double scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Guard Shavonte Zellous replied with 26 points and six rebounds and her forward Christi Thomas added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Mersin. Galatasaray has a solid four-game winning streak and remains tied for first place. Galatasaray will face Botas (#6) in Adana in the next round and Mersin will play on the road against Ceyhan Bld in Adana.

December 17, 2011
Regular Season Round 9: Galatasaray - Antakya
75-61

No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where Galatasaray (8-1) defeated Antakya (3-6) 75-61 on Saturday night. Antakya was better in fourth quarter out scoring Galatasaray 22-17, but it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galatasaray dominated on the defensive end, holding Antakya to just seven points in second quarter. Galatasaray made 16 of 21 free throw shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Galatasaray made seven blocks (Fowles two). Chicago Sky’s Sylvia Fowles continues to play well overseas scoring 14 points and eight rebounds in the game and Bahar Caglar chipped in 12 points. Mactabene Amachree recorded 16 points and six rebounds and Laura Harper added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Antakya. Galatasaray keeps its position as league leader and is on a three game winning streak. Galatasaray will face Mersin (#6) on the road in the next round and Antakya will play against Ceyhan Bld in Adana.

December 4, 2011
Regular Season Round 7: Galatasaray - Optimum TED
86-73

Making her début for Galatasaray, Sylvia Fowles did not disappoint. The raining 2011 Defensive Player of the Year pickup right where she left off in the WNBA with an impressive 18 points, four rebounds, four blocks and went 7 of 9 from the field in her first game back on the hardwood. Galatasaray (6-1) beat Erin Thorn’s Optimum TED (2-5) in Istanbul 86-73. It looked good early as Optimum TED took a 1-point lead at the end of first quarter, but then Galatasaray had a 25-17 second period charge getting the lead and Optimum TED was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-86. Galatasaray players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Optimum TED's players. Tina Charles fired a double double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince nine points for the winners. Galatasaray's coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. LBRn guard Matee Ajavon produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and Demya Walker added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Galatasaray and five Optimum TED players scored in double figures. Galatasaray keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Fenerbahce and Kayseri. Optimum TED lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with five games lost. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Istanbul Universitesi (#12) in Istanbul, which should be an easy win for them. Optimum TED will play at home against Ceyhan Bld in Adana.

Remaining Schedule

Galatassaray (Turkey)

Oct. 13, 2011 20:00 | Galatasaray-VICI-Aistes
Oct. 19, 2011 18:00 | USK Praha-Galatasaray
Oct. 26, 2011 20:00 | Galatasaray-UMMC
Nov. 2, 2011 18:00 | SEAT Lami-Galatasaray
Nov. 9, 2011 20:00 | Galatasaray-Lotos Gdynia
Nov. 16, 2011 20:00 | Bourges-Galatasaray
Nov. 23, 2011 20:00 | Galatasaray-Ros Casares
Nov. 30, 2011 19:00 | VICI Kaunas-Galatasaray

Dec. 7, 2011 20:00 | Galatasaray-USK Praha
Dec. 14, 2011 19:00 | UMMC-Galatasaray
Jan. 11, 2012 20:00 | Galatasaray-SEAT Lami
Jan. 18, 2012 18:00 | Lotos Gdynia-Galatasaray
Jan. 25, 2012 20:00 | Galatasaray-Bourges
Feb. 1, 2012 20:30 | Ros Casares-Galatasaray

Turkish League

Oct. 22, 2011 | Galatasaray-Ceyhan Bld
Oct. 30, 2011| Kayseri-Galatasaray
Nov. 6, 2011| Galatasaray-Besiktas
Nov. 13, 2011 | Samsun-Galatasaray
Nov. 20, 2011 | Galatasaray-Tarsus Bld
Nov. 27, 2011 | Fenerbahce-Galatasaray
Dec. 4, 2011 | Galatasaray-Optimum TED

Dec. 11, 2011 | Istanbul Univ.-Galatasaray
Dec. 18, 2011 | Galatasaray-Antakya
Dec. 21, 2011 | Mersin-Galatasaray
Dec. 31, 2011 | Galatasaray-Botas
Jan. 4, 2012 | Ceyhan Bld-Galatasaray
Jan. 15, 2012 | Galatasaray-Kayseri
Jan. 22, 2012 | Besiktas-Galatasaray
Jan. 29, 2012 | Galatasaray-Samsun
Feb. 5, 2012 | Tarsus Bld-Galatasaray
Feb. 8, 2012 | Galatasaray-Fenerbahce
Feb. 12, 2012 | Optimum TED-Galatasaray
Feb. 19, 2012 | Galatasaray-Istanbul Univ.
Feb. 26, 2012 | Antakya-Galatasaray
Mar. 4, 2012 | Galatasaray-Mersin
Mar. 18, 2012 | Botas-Galatasaray