Basketball: Galatasaray become women's Euroleague champs
Monday, April 14, 2014
YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Galatasaray won the EuroLeague championship after beating archrivals Fenerbahce in a historic 'Turkish derby' in Europe's highest basketball competition for women.
Fenerbahce, last year's runners-up, succumbed once again in the final, their first loss in this year's tournament.
Galatasaray seemed to have everything going for them on the offensive end early on, which - coupled with a solid defensive effort - gave them a massive lead with 26-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Fenerbahce fought back in the second and third quarters to keep the points gap to single digits and managed to reduce Galatasaray's lead to a mere 2 points with five minutes to go in the game. However, the Lions held their own to become the EuroLeague champion, a first in Turkish women's basketball.
Galatasaray previously won the second-level European competition, FIBA EuroCup Women, in 2008.
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