March 2, 2010

Fenerbahce loses in EuroLeague quarter-final

Fenerbahce, the team for which Kristen Newlin and Nicole Powell play, competed in EuroLeague this season as well as in the Turkish League.

They played against Spartak Moscow in the quarter-final round of EuroLeague last week. Spartak has been the EuroLeague champion for the past three seasons and the EuroCup champion in 2006. Their coach (since 2007-08) is Pokey Chatman, and their players include Diane Taurasi, Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles.

Spartak dominated the first quarter-final game on Feb 23 and defeated Fenerbahce 90-79.

Fenerbahce came back strong for the second game on Feb 28.

With less than two minutes to go in regulation, Fenerbache was ahead by four. Then Spartak took the lead 73-71 on two three-point shots from Diane Taurasi. With 13 seconds to go, Nicole Powell made an unbelievable long two-point shot against two opponents to tie the game.

In overtime, Spartak battled to an 87-85 lead. With two seconds to go, Nicole launched a three-pointer, but that one didn't fall. (I can still hear the clank off the rim in Stanford's loss to Tennessee in the Elite Eight in Norman, Oklahoma in 2004.)

It was announced yesterday that, "Sylvia Fowles of Spartak Moscow has been named the EuroLeague Women Player of the Week after leading her team to the Final Four in a two game sweep of Quarter-Final Round opponent Fenerbahce." She had a total of 44 points and 31 rebounds and an efficiency rating of 44, eight points better than her closest competitor.

Nicole was the leading scorer for Fenerbahce with 47 points, which included nine of 19 three-pointers. Kristen did not play in either game – I don't know why.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

FYI, Kristen has been out injured with plantar fascia tear to her foot.