LEEDHAM SHARES IN EURO GLORY

Jo Leedham has picked up a winners medal from the EuroCup, leading Bourges to the trophy.

The Great Britain international had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the French champions edged out domestic rivals Lille 54-53 in the second leg of the final.

Lille closed the contest with a 14-2 run to produce a dramatic climax but Camille Aubert’s last-second attempt to hit a victorious three-pointer fell instead into the hands of the Cheshire-born guard as Bourges triumphed 105-94 on aggregate, leaving Leedham in a select group of Britons to lift a European prize.

“This definitely makes up for our disappointing EuroLeague Women season and it’s great to have the honour of being the first British player to win a competition like EuroCup Women,” enthused Leedham after the final buzzer as she proudly clutched her winners medal.

“It’s always good to have British players winning things and I am glad that people know I am out here in France competing and fighting to find success.

“It’s also nice to have this medal after what the GB team achieved with our comeback win against Montenegro – it gives that feeling of confidence heading into our big EuroBasket Women qualifiers in November.”

French centre Ana Filip had 16 points and 15 boards for the champions who won the competition for the first time since 1995.

Photo: FFBB/Herve Bellinger

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