Night of mixed fortunes for EuroLeague Opals

Night of mixed fortunes for EuroLeague Opals

It was a night of ups and downs for the Jayco Opals in Euroleague action overnight as Penny Taylor and Belinda Snell's teams continued their strong form while Sam Richards fell out of contention for the Eight-Finals.

With only two weeks remaining until the end of the regular season, Snell and Taylor are set to advance to the next round, the Eight Finals.

Overnight in Europe, 2006 FIBA World Championship MVP Penny Taylor played an outstanding all-round game to help Turkish side Fenerbahce S.K. to a 98-78 mauling of Szeviep Szeged in an important EuroLeague match for both clubs.

By winning, the Turkish club stayed on course for a second-place finish in Group D, while Szeviep missed out on a chance to strengthen their own bid for fourth.

Taylor was one of six Fenerbahce players in double figures, going for 12 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. With stats like that it’s no surprise Taylor is ranked number one in the league for free throws percentage (94.3).

The Australian also tallied 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals.

Two-time Olympian Snell matched Taylor’s haul with 12 points of her own as Ros Casares avenged their first setback in this year's EuroLeague by thrashing Cras Basket Taranto 87-59 in Valencia.

Snell’s Spanish side prevailed to clinch at least a second-place finish in Group A.

Snell played 34 minutes for 12 points (including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc), to go with four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

Sam Richards’ KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow was brushed aside by Bourges Basket, 84-57, on Wednesday night to seal their fate.

Richards’ Polish team was eliminated from contention for a Eight Finals place with the defeat.

Richards played 24 minutes off the bench for seven points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal. She is ranked seventh in the league in assists (4.4 per game).

The remaining Jayco Opals in this season’s EuroLeague Erin Phillips and Hollie Grima will take the court overnight as Phillips bottom-of-the-group Lotos Gydnia hosts Grima’s Frisco Sika Brno.

Story and photos courtesy of fibaeurope.com