TODAY’S ZAMAN – Fener outduels Galatasaray in EuroLeague Women quarters game one

Fener outduels Galatasaray in EuroLeague Women quarters game oneHost Fenerbahe showed staying power, with US center Quanitra Hollingsworth coming up with the big block at the buzzer as Ekrem Memnunand#39s team held on for a 58-56 victory against eternal rival Galatasaray Odeabank in game one of their thrilling EuroLeague Women quarterfinal derby at ulker Sports Arena Metro Energy Hall on Tuesday.The repeat of last seasonand#39s final in Russia lived up to its billing as defending champion Galatasaray fought back from 16 points down to enter the final 30 seconds tied, despite trailing since the first minute.

But the Fener women kept their cool to leave the Metro Energy Sports Hall with a series lead ahead of Fridayand#39s game two at Abdi Ipeki Sports ArenaGalatasaray thus faces a must-win situation on Friday because Fenerbahe will aance to the Final Four if the host loses.In the menand#39s competition, Fenerbahe ulker will be aiming to continue its winning ways in the Euroleague with a victory on Nizhny Novgorod in front of its home audiences on Thursday.

Zeljko Obradovicand#39s Fenerbahe stunned CSKA Moscow on the road last week to boost its chances for the quarterfinals of the tournament and climbed over the Russians in Group F with a record of 6-2.In their first-ever meeting with Nizhny, Fenerbahe reached a 78-60 road victory in January and hopes to repeat it.

Obradovic will rely on his teamand#39s scoring leaders Andrew Goudelock and Bogdan Bogdanovic to seal a win over Nizhny, but they have to stop the top Euroleague scorer of the full season, Taylor Rochestie, who has averaged 19.8 points thus farRicky Hickman and Nikos Zisis will try to stop him at point guard.

Fenerbahe will expect Nemanja Bjelica and Jan Vesely to be useful at forward.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman