EUROCUP WOMEN FINAL
|Latoya Sanders led Kayseri Kaskispor to the important victory with a double-double in points and rebounds|
Kayseri Kaskispor ran away from Dynamo Kursk in the fourth quarter to take command in the EuroCup Women Final.
Playing in Turkey on Thursday night, Kayseri outscored Kursk 22-15 in the last period and claimed a 69-55 first-leg triumph.
Kursk will have to win by 15 in front of their own fans next week in the return leg if they are going to prevail in the competition.
The margin of victory could have been greater for Kayseri, though, as they went in front by 18 with 1:25 to go after Latoya Sanders made one of two at the free-throw line.
But Ausra Bimbaite sank two at the charity stripe and Ekaterina Lisina added a lay-up as Kursk closed the game on a 4-0 run to give themselves a fighting chance of overturning the deficit.
Sanders and Nicole Sanford have provided a mean one-two punch all season for Kayseri and they came up big against Kursk.
Sanders had 19 points and 13 rebounds while Sanford scored 15 and corralled eight boards.
Anna De Forge chipped in 13, Doneeka Hodges 11 and Bahar Ozturk nine for Kayseri.
Leading 45-40 with 12 minutes remaining, Kayseri went on a 12-2 run to take a firm grip on proceedings.
Sanford and De Forge each had four points in that spurt.
Kayseri will now hope to travel well and celebrate the most famous moment in club history when they play the second leg in Russia next week.
Temeka Johnson had 20 points for Kursk in a losing effort.