|Jantel Lavender recorded a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double for Wisla|
Wisla Can-Pack held off a late UE Sopron surge to claim a 67-61 road win in EuroLeague Women Group B on Wednesday.
The visitors took control of a tight game in the third quarter thanks to dominant play down low from American center Jantel Lavender, who finished with a game-high 24 points.
Sopron battled back in the final quarter, outscoring Wisla 19-7 - but they had left themselves too much to do and remain at 1-2 while Wisla move to 2-2.
There was little to choose between the teams in a back-and-forth first quarter but Wisla edged it 15-13 after Lavender and Katarzyna Krezel connected on back-to-back baskets.
This pattern continued into the second period. But another strong finish from the visitors gave them a 36-30 advantage as Cristina Ouvina hit a three-pointer and Zane Tamane completed an and-one.
The game went Wisla's way in the third quarter as they outscored the hosts 24-12.
Lavender poured in 10 points in the third period as she got to the basket at will - as Wisla won 36-14 on points in the paint.
Katarina Tetemondova scored all of her 10 points in the final period as Sopron fought back but Wisla clung on.
Sopron Head Coach Igor Polenek
"Congratulations to Krakow, they were better today. After the half-time we played bad, Krakow on the other hand very well. We knew before the game that we had to stay close to them if we would like to win."
Sopron Player Zsofia Fegyverneky
"I‘m sad because of the third quarter, when we had a very bad five minutes. Except for this period our defence was good, only we got a lot of points from the paint, and also we gave them too much offensive rebounds. But I have to say, the better team won the game."
Wisla Head Coach Stefan Svitek
"It was a difficult game from the beginning. We won because we played excellent in the third quarter, our defence worked very well. We knew that Sopron will not stop and will fight until the end, and this is what happened. We are very happy with the win."
Wisla Player Zane Tamane
"Im happy, it was an important succes. In the third quarter we played very well. Later we lost the concentration, but anyway we could win the game."