Athinaikos Take First-Leg Lead In Kursk Showdown

11 March 2010

Sony Athinaikos have the upper hand in their EuroCup Women Semi-Final showdown with Dynamo Kursk after winning the opening leg in Russia.

George Dikeoulakos' Greek outfit prevailed 64-58 and will now return home for next week's game looking to seal a spot in the Final.

8. Candice Dana Wiggins (Ros Casares)
Candice Wiggins has experience playing in EuroLeague Women and proved to be the difference in the road win

Candice Wiggins proved once again she's one of the world's top guards, pouring in a game-high 25 points.

The explosive American made four of six shots from long range.

The game was knotted at 28-28 late in the first half when Athinaikos center Gintare Petronyte buried a jump shot.

That put the visitors in front to stay and they threatened to build an imposing advantage with 6:32 to go in the third quarter when Wiggins drilled one of her three-balls to make it 38-29.

Kursk did an excellent job to keep the game close and got to within three points on three occasions in the fourth quarter.

The visitors held their nerve to take a six-point advantage by game's end.

Athinaikos got a great game from their centers with Lithuania's Petronyte scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds and American Ruth Riley pulling down seven rebounds to go with her six points.

Donnette Snow scored 17 points and Jillian Robbins poured in 15 while corralling nine boards for Kursk.

Sandra Linkeviciene excelled with 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals in defeat.

The Greek outfit will need no reminding of how dangerous the Kursk outfit is.

The trailed Municipal Targoviste by 18 points after the first leg of their Quarter-Final but hit back in the second game to progress to the last four.


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