BOURGES (EuroLeague Women) - France international Endene Miyem saved her best game of the season for when it mattered most as Bourges edged Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and reached the EuroLeague Women Final Eight.
In a thrilling play-off Game 3 decider between the two sides on Wednesday evening, Miyem poured in 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Tango to a 66-59 home triumph.
Despite Miyem's heroics, Bourges trailed until late in the fourth quarter.
The home side didn't take the lead for good until less than three minutes remained, when France Olympic star Celine Dumerc went in for a lay-up for a 57-55 advantage.
Dumerc had 12 points, three assists, five boards and two steals.
The other leading French international in the Bourges side, Emmeline N'dongue, struggled from the floor and finished with just four points but she pulled down 11 rebounds.
Bourges needed everything they could get from their trio of stars to negate another remarkable showing from Tina Charles, the USA international center in the Wisla line-up and the competition’s best player in 2012-13.
Charles, last year’s WNBA MVP, finished with 19 points and 16 boards.
While Dumerc, Miyem and N'dongue will this summer attempt to lead Les Bleues into the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women when they host the EuroBasket Women, Charles and the United States secured a spot in next year’s tournament by beating France in the gold-medal game at the London Olympics.
Charles also played on the USA team that won the world title in 2010.
Beretta Famila Schio also advanced to the Final Eight on Wednesday and had to pull out all stops to make it.
At home against last year's beaten finalists Rivas Ecopolis, the Italians won 79-75 after overtime.
Italy international Laura Macchi scored 24 points in the win, including seven in the extra period.