|Sandra Mandir was sensational for Gospic CO once more, pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds to go with her 16 points|
Gospic Croatia have struggled against most teams in the EuroLeague Women this season but not Rivas Ecopolis.
Riding a five-game winning streak after opening the campaign with two defeats, Rivas fell 67-52 at Gospic on Wednesday.
The result has left Rivas (5-3) in the thick of the play-off hunt while giving Gospic renewed hope that they can progress to the next round from Group C.
Stipe Bralic's side led from start to finish to improve to 3-5.
The squad's two Croatia national team stalwarts Sandra Mandir and Jelena Ivezic did much of the damage against Rivas, pouring in 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Guard Mandir also corralled a career-high 13 rebounds.
Julie McBride and Marija Vrsaljko had 13 points apiece for the winners.
The telling blows came in the first half.
With Rivas down 17-13, Ivezic connected from long range for the last points of the first quarter to give Gospic a seven-point advantage.
After Anna Cruz and Jelena Dubljevic scored in succession to cut the gap to 20-19, Vrsaljko hit back-to-back jumpers and Eva Komplet added two free-throws to push the advantage back to seven points.
Gospic then ended the first half with a flourish.
McBride hit a three-pointer and Mandir a jumper before McBride split a pair of free-throws for a 38-25 lead.
The lead twice hit 19 points in the third quarter for the home side and Rivas never posed a serious threat over the last 10 minutes.
Veteran center Asjha Jones led all scorers with 19 points but it wasn't enough for Rivas, who were out-rebounded 44-35.
Rivas also missed all 10 of their shots from long range while the Croatians hit 12 of 30.
Mandir and McBride each had four three-balls.