It was Bourges second consecutive win as earlier in the week they posted a memorable victory against top side Sparta&K, who are leading scorers for the season to-date with an average of 80.9 points-per-game. The foundation for the win was a confidence-boosting first half for the French club who were scintillating in the early stages, scoring the first ten points of the game before Leedham fired a three-pointer to spur them on.
Tomorrow Bourges face UMMC Ekaterinburg in the semi-final game. While UMMC are overwhelming favourites, Bourges have surprised already in the tournament and look to do so again on Friday.
Interestingly, much of the talk leading into the game understandably surrounds Bourges star player, Celine Dumerc but the team still managed to find a second win to reach the semi-finals without a significant contribution from the jewel in their crown. It was Marissa Coleman and GB's Johannah Leedham who stepped up against Schio and that re-enforces the notion that Bourges are far from being a one-player team.
With limited experience in the competition, Great Britain star Leedham probably never anticipated being involved in a game such as this at the start of the season. However, she is likely to now be tasked with having to guard a combination of Diana Taurasi, the in-form Anete Jekabsone and Deanna Nolan. She has quick hands and they are likely to be needed at regular intervals for this game.
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