|Alena Hanusová continued her impressive form the BK Brno, pouring in 23 points|
BK Imos Brno grabbed their first win of the new EuroLeague Women season after outlasting struggling Nadezhda 76-67 in Group B.
In a game with plenty of lead changes, the home side gained the decisive momentum at the end of the third quarter and held their nerve for the remainder of the contest in an impressive team effort, underpinned by a trio of excellent performances.
Alena Hanusova continued her fine form with 23 points and was complimented in the frontcourt by the experienced Anna Jurcenkova who had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
And, with Ashley Key very much the ‘X-Factor' during the game, with 18 points including three precious triples, Brno clinched a morale boosting victory to snap both a seven game losing streak in the competition and a five game run of defeats against Russian opposition.
It was a 13-2 burst in the third quarter which paved the way for their first EuroLeague Women success for more than 11 months and unsurprisingly Brno fans savoured the moment on the final buzzer.
The result left Nadezhda with three losses to their name and without a victory, having witnessed head coach Algirdas Paulauskas resign earlier in the week.
Dewanna Bonner claimed 21 points but for the second time in a row, she had to suffer defeat against one of her former clubs.
Nadezhda coach Alexander Ermolinskiy
"First of all I would like to congratulate Brno to a good game and first win. I cannot say we played good defence, we had some problems from the beginning. Especially with Hanusova, even if we prepared for her as their best player. But we could not stop her. Then we came back to the game but at the third quarter and it was my fault, too, I believed in few players who did not play well. Even if I tried to change some of them, players from the bench could not help as well. At the very end of the game, Brno made a few three-point shots but we did not and it is always difficult to play modern basketball without three point shots. We shot eight times and scored zero from behind the arc. So, we have to practice more and be ready to play the next game."
Nadezhda forward DeWanna Bonner
"They played very hard. At the end of the game, they hit big shots. They really played a great game, but we have to go on."
Brno head coach Jan Bobrovský
"First of all, I'm really glad we won today, because if we had lost this tight game, it would have been really bad for our psyche. In all three game we playedreally well. Today, we were prepared for our oponents. It's true that sometimes we had problems with taller players, but even though DeWanna Bonner scored 21 points, it was not exactly what they needed."
Brno center Anna Jurčenková
"We were preparing for this game really hard. And we worked hard on the court, too. At the end of the fourth period, we made big shots and also Ivana Jalcova player really well. We are really glad we won."