1961–62 FIBA Women's European Champions Cup

The 1961–62 Women's Basketball European Cup was the fourth edition of the competition. Daugava Riga won its third trophy in a row, beating SKA Leningrad in the final. It was the first time the final was played by two teams from the same championship; Daugava and SKA were respectively the champion and runner-up of the 1961 Soviet Championship.[1] This was unparalleled throughout the European Cup era.[2]

Austria, Hungary, Israel and Turkey took part in the competition for the first time. In addition Yugoslavia returned after a one-year absence. For the first time two African teams played the competition, as in addition to Morocco's Sportif Casablancais Portugal was represented by Benfica de Lubango from Portuguese Angola. Due to the increase in the number of contestants, the defending champion entered the competition in the quarter-finals instead of the semi-finals.

As the competition reached 16 teams the two qualifying rounds from the previous season were merged into a Round of 16. However, since Daugava Riga received a bye 15 teams were left to play seven ties, so a triangular was arranged between Benfica de Lubango, Medina La Coruña and Sportif Casablancais in La Coruña.[3]

Round of 16Edit

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Daugava Riga   Bye
Chemie Leipzig   84 – 127   Rapid București 51–66 33–61
Slovan Orbis Prague   119 – 99   Meteor Budapest 59–43 60–56
TV Augsburg 1847   112 – 86   Nibelungen Wien 61–44 51–42
Medina La Coruña  
Sportif Casablancais  
Medina La Coruña  
32 – 30
54 – 37
41 – 25
  Benfica de Lubango
  Benfica de Lubango
  Sportif Casablancais
Radnički Beograd   151 – 37   USK Ankara 79–21 72–16
Slavia Sofia   129 – 44   Hapoel Tel Aviv 84–34 45–10
SKA Leningrad   132 – 128   Academicki Warsaw 62–56 70–72

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Daugava Riga   112 – 89   Rapid București 51–26 61–63
Slovan Orbis Prague   170 – 76   TV Augsburg 1847 86–33 84–43
Radnički Beograd   138 – 54   Medina La Coruña 81–35 57–19
Slavia Sofia   107 – 121   SKA Leningrad 61–63 46–58

Semi-finalsEdit

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Daugava Riga   124 – 98   Slovan Orbis Prague 72–44 52–54
Radnički Beograd   101 – 129   SKA Leningrad 52–69 49–60

FinalEdit

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Daugava Riga   103 – 82   SKA Leningrad 55–38 48–44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ List of Top 3 placed teams in Womenbasketball.ru
  2. ^ List of finals in FIBA Europe's website
  3. ^ Results in Todor66.com