Ilse Kuijt on fire, Orange Lions push towards playoffs

Ilse Kuijt on fire, Orange Lions push towards playoffs

Mathematically they are not there yet but there is a little chance that the Orange Lions will miss a historic playoff spot after a 90-76 victory over Dynamo Moscow on Sunday, November 24, at Syktyvkar, Russia.


Players of the game

This is a great November for Kuijt sisters. First, successful start at the Women`s EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers and unexpected win over Hungary. Second, huge contribution playing for the Orange Lions.

Ilse Kuijt scored a game high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. She was on fire, by making 5-of-9 attempts from the three point line. Ilse added three offensive rebounds and three steals for a efficiency rating of 21.

Loyce Bettonvil shined with 15 points and six rebounds. Captain stole the ball twice, before she was fouled out.

Karin Kuijt had 14 points, four assists and two steals, while Fleur Kuijt chipped in 11 points and three steals.

Charlotte Van Kleef also had 11 points, including two three pointers.

Natalia Potemina led the Blue-Whites with 12 points and seven rebounds. She connected 5-of-5 free throws for a team high efficiency rating of 16.

Elena Melnikova and Svetlana Tokhtash scored 11 points each, while Ekaterina Chistiakova had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Svetlana Kramar and Hanna Brych followed with nine points each.


Key stats

Six Lions – three Kuijt sisters, Loyce Bettonvil, Charlotte Van Kleef and Noor Driessen – made their coach proud, as all of them scored in double figures.

Six above mentioned players scored at least one three pointer each. They combined for 12 three pointers on 12-of-28 shooting from the deep.

Dynamo Moscow struggled from the three point line (3-of-18).

The Blue-Whites dominated under the boards (rebounds 25-50, offensive rebounds 19-6) but turned the ball over 23 teams. Orange Lions committed just nine turnovers.

The Lions scored 34 points off turnovers, compared to 12 points for their opponents.

Hakim Salem`s team improved to 4-1, while Dynamo Moscow dropped to 1-4.



Group A

Pieštanske Čajky – Dynamo Moscow 63:53



Orange Lions – Nika Syktyvkar 85:91



Dynamo Moscow – Orange Lions 76:90



Best players, presented by Helissa Collagen

Dynamo Moscow: Ekaterina Chistiakova

Orange Lions: Ilse Kuijt


STANDINGS, as of November 24

Group A

Orange Lions 4-1 (+42)

Žabiny Brno 3-0 (+62)

Nika Syktyvkar 2-2 (+19)

Horizont Minsk 2-1 (+47)

Pieštanske Čajky 2-1 (-17)

Dynamo Moscow 1-4 (-46)

Liepāja/LSSS 1-3 (-57)

PINKK Pecsi 0-3 (-50)


SCHEDULE (arrival day included)

Second stage

November 22-24, Syktyvkar: Liepāja, Dynamo Moscow, Orange Lions, Nika Syktyvkar

November 29-December 1, Piestany: Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424

December 5-7, Ostrava: Rostov Don, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Dynamo Novosibirsk

December 6-8, Grodno: Tsmoki Minsk, Olimpia Grodno, Astana Tigers, Kibirkštis


Third stage

January 7-9, Saulkrasti, Latvia: Dynamo Moscow, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424, Nika Syktyvkar

January 9-11,Liepāja: Liepāja/LSSS, Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Orange Lions

January 15-17, Novosibirsk: Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don, Astana Tigers, Dynamo Novosibirsk

January 17-19, Vilnius: Olimpia Grodno, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Kibirkštis


Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two

A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4

Final Four: March 21-22


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