Galatasaray won the 2017-18 EuroCup Women title after beating Reyer Venezia, 155-140 by aggregate on Wednesday evening in Venice, Italy. Though Galatasaray lost 72-65 in the second leg of a two-game series, the total score of both games is added to determine the winner. This is Galatasaray’s second EuroCup Women title since 2008-09, and their third continental championship overall, including their 2013-14 EuroLeague Women title.
In Wednesday’s game, Reyer Venezia was in relative control for most of the game. It would be a solid victory for them if this was a one game, winner take all contest.
But Reyer Venezia lost 90-68 last Wednesday with Galatasaray (or Chicago Sky) guard Allie Quigley going bonkers for 37 points in a blowout win. In short, a solid win wasn’t going to be enough. Reyer Venezia had to blow out Galatasaray out of the gym to clinch the title, and they didn’t do it.
For Reyer Venezia, Sparks guard Riquna Williams scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, dished 5 assists, and stole the ball four times. The numbers look good, but Williams also shot just 5 of 15 from the field hurting her efficiency.
For Galatasaray, Gintare Petronyte scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Quigley had a stinker, shooting just 2 for 12 from the field for five points. But Quigley had help when Reyer Venezia had a chance to possibly make this a blowout. Wings guard Kaela Davis scored 21 points off the bench, while point guard Isil Alben added eight more points, including two super long range threes to keep this game and the title in the bag from tip off on.
The continental season is now over for both teams, but in Europe, elite teams are playing for multiple championships. For both teams, the domestic season is still going strong.
Galatasaray is just eighth in the Turkish KBSL, but they’ll be in the league quarterfinals on April 24 to play Yakin Dogu Universitesi, the regular season leaders. For Reyer Venezia, they will play Ragusa this Saturday in the Italian Serie A1 semifinals.