The squad added the Turkish Women's Basketball League title to the Fiba EuroCup and Turkish Cup that they had already secured in what has been a triumphant and historic season.
The latest victory came on Wednesday night in the fifth and final play-off game which saw Near East beat defending champions Fenerbahçe by the narrowest of margins, 76-75, to take the title-deciding series 3-2.
Among highlights of the nail-biting match at İstanbul's Caferağa Sports Hall were Kayla McBride's 21 points and three assists and Quanitra Hollingsworth's 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Number 22 Courtney Vandersloot, who notched up 17 points, six rebounds and 14 assists, was named “most valuable player” afterwards for her role in both defence and attack.
Vandersloot, renowned as one of the world’s best quarterbacks, put the success of their “enormous season” down to teamwork and said their entire squad was “proud and happy”.
McBride admitted to feeling “rather emotional”, saying the players had become “like a family” and that everyone had shouldered their responsibility well.
The team's chief coach, Zafer Kalaycıoğlu, said the team had attracted a lot of attention for their achievements.
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