April 17, 2011

Fenerbahce is Turkish League champion again

Fenerbahce won its sixth consecutive Turkish League championship today.

Kristen tweets:

CHAMPS.....again. Winning in overtime in front of awesome, awesome fans feels sooooo good! Loving this feeling!
Pat Newlin (Kristen's mother) writes:
Just to let you all know Kristen and her Fenerbache team are celebrating today in Istanbul after an overtime win against their arch rival, Galatarsaray. Fener won 91 - 86 after tying in regulation play at 75 all in front of their home crowd. Fener won in four games (3 - 1) in the best of five series. If Fener lost today they would have had to play the last game at Gala's gym. Kristen did not want to have to do that!

Fener has now won the last three Turkish Championships [Fenerbahce website says six]. Kristen has been there for all three. These championship games have all been between Fenerbahce and Galatarsary. Kristen has several good friends on the Gala team because they play with her on the Turkish National Team.

Wish we were there to see it live but we were able to follow over the internet on Fenerbahce TV Online for live tv coverage. It was fun to be able to see the celebration at the end. Kristen said the last two championships before this one were not in their home gym so it was especially sweet this time. In this last game, Kristen had 6 pts., 3 rebs., 2 steals in 16 minutes of play. You can check out all the scores and stats on the Turkish League website. If you would like to email Kristen: knewlin43@gmail.com.

Next up for Kristen is a brief vacation where she leaves the 21st for Cape Town, South Africa, with a teammate from her Turkish National team. The Turkish National Team practice begins early May in preparation for June's European Championships in Poland. Mick and I are planning on being there for those.

2011 postgame celebration (screen grab from fbtvonline) 2010 Champions (when Kristin was injured and did not play) 2009 Champions (when Nicole Powell was also on the team)

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