In the 8th week of Turkish Women’s Basketball Super League (TWBSL), Near East University Women’s Basketball Team took the court as the host versus AGÜ Kayseri. After a close fought match, the score was tied at the end of the game. During the overtime period, AGÜ Kayseri outscored and won the match by a score of 74-81.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the Head Coach Alper Durur and team captain Aslı Sevinç expressed their thoughts after the match.
Coach Alper Durur: “Losing a match that we played well is saddening”
“It was a tough watch. In the first three periods we fell behind the opponent but we didn’t give up combating. In the last period we got ahead due to our strong attacks and good defense. The score was tied at the end of the match. Unfortunately, compared to our overall performance throughout the match, we exhibited a worse performance during the overtime period and we lost the match. Tiffany experienced a knee injury within the week and she played the match without being completely recovered. Alyssa Thomas has suffered from injury for the last two weeks. All these factors led a bad performance during the overtime period. Tiffany experienced a knee injury within the week and she played the match without being completely recovered. Alyssa Thomas has suffered from injury for the last two weeks. All these factors led a bad performance during the overtime period. However, in this match, we noticed that we solved our defensive problems that we experienced in previous matches. As a result, although it is our first year in TWBSL, we fought well versus a strong team like AGÜ. It is possible to say that we lost the match that was in our hand but the team’s fighting strength is promising for coming weeks” said the coach.
Captain Aslı Sevinç: “This match demonstrates that we will be much better”
“As an experienced player, I can say that AGÜ match would have been a very important exam for us just after Hatay BŞB away match that we won last week. Against AGÜ Kayseri, we underperformed our capacity during the first three periods of the match. However, we performed better in defense compared to our previous matches. Although every defeat is saddening, it is elating that we have exhibited a very promising fighting strength especially in defense “said she.