|Agnieszka Majewska had one of her best games of the season to date for CCC Polkowice, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots|
The revival of CCC Polkowice continued after they claimed a 65-56 success against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje to halt their opponents' six-game winning streak in EuroLeague Women Group C.
The Polish club picked up a third win in four games to give their prospects of a snatching a place in the play-offs next month a huge boost.
Jacek Winnicki ensured his players did what they had to do on the glass and an excellent rebounding display helped them to keep pace with high-flying Sparta&K.
The hosts edged a tight first-half 25-23, but seven consecutive points shortly after the interval including baskets from former Sparta&K duo Janel McCarville and Jelena Skerovic, got Polkowice onto the front foot and they managed to stay ahead for the remainder of the contest.
Whilst their lead was modest and a jump-shot by Tijana Ajdukovic brought the visitors to within a point early in the last period, CCC Polkowice showed great composure to push down on the accelerator during crunch time and slate a strong finish to take the win.
McCarville had 15 points and eight rebounds, but it was arguably the 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots from frontcourt partner Agnieszka Majewska which caught the eye - even though she fouled out.
Natalia Vieru racked up a super 14 points and 13 rebounds for Sparta&K.
CCC Polkowice Coach Jacek Winnicki
"I congratulate my players, the way they played this match, which was hard and aggressive. We played against a team that has played very well so far, Sparta&K won against USK Prague, Galatasaray Istanbul. We had a lot of aggression and good energy, even though we play two times a week. Our rival had very strong and difficult defence. I am very happy that we played wisely, especially at the end of the match. I am happy that we won."
CCC Player Polkowice Janel McCarville
"After the Christmas break we started to play really well. I hope that we will keep this level till the end of the season. Today, from the beginning to the end it was for us a very tough game, which cost us a lot of strength, but we handled it."
Sparta&K Head Coach Alexander Vasin
"Last weekend we had played hard matches in the Cup of Russia with Nadezhda Orenburg and Dynamo Kursk, then we had a long journey. We did not have too much time to rest. I am not happy with the attitude of the team. We made too many turnovers, up to 18, which allowed the Polkowice team to get 13 points after our losses."
Sparta&K Player Nika Baric
"We did everything to prepare well for this match, because we knew that the team from Polkowice plays well in its own hall. We didn't play well, it was not our best defence. We are a young team, so we have to play to win. Polkowice deserved its victory, and we have to quickly forget about this game."