EuroView: Nat Hurst delivers in triple-overtime victory
The game of the week came from Natalie Hurst, who led her Turkish side Hatay to a thrilling 98-93 triple-overtime victory in EuroLeague against Uniqa Sopron.
Playing the entire 55 minutes, Hurst clocked 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Hurst was the only player of the whole game to never leave the floor, a testament to her endurance and leadership. Cayla George did not suit up for Sopron in this contest.
Hatay also visited Samsun this week in the Turkish league, and were left counting their lucky stars after a close 2 point win at 59-57. Hurst led the way for Hatay, top scoring with 20 points in a standout effort, yet again playing the entire 40 minutes of the game.
In Hungary, Cayla George delivered an incredible double-double of 21 points and 22 rebounds to lead Uniqa Sopron to a 92-63 point win over Vasas Akademia.
In the second stage of the Slovakian league, Rebecca Allen’s Good Angels Kosice have delivered a solid win over MBK Ruzomb at 65-45. Bringing intensity of the defensive end, Allen also contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Good Angels also went all the way against Celled EKK to take a comfortable lead in the EuroCup series. Allen’s side gave a lot of defensive energy again and the Australian clocked 9 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
In Poland, Tess Madgen’s AZS UMCS of Lublin suffered a surprise loss against CCC Polkowice. With a stronger inside presence, Polkowice were able to score a massive 48 points of their 66 inside the paint, and kept Lublin to 54. Madgen top scored for her side with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, providing some key highlights for the little her team had.
Winning in the Polish league this week was AZS AJP of Gorzow, overcoming JAS FBG by 33 points. Playing an unselfish, highly defensive game, Gorzow made sure to cement their status in the league at number 3. Nicole Seekamp was instrumental with 17 points and 6 assists, while Steph Talbot was rested but still managed to contribute 4 points and 3 rebounds.
In Russia, Dynamo Moscow succumbed to MBA losing 79-73. There wasn’t all negatives for Moscow however, with Katie-Rae Ebzery top scoring with 20 points, as she tried phenomenally hard to secure a win. Alex Bunton contributed 4 points and 5 rebounds for the night.
In other news, Melbourne Boomers captain Alice Kunek will join Lyon in France at the completion of her WNBL season for her first stint in Europe.