|Natalia Vodopyanova and her Dynamo Kursk teammates made a nice welcome gift to new coach Overton with a big win over Minsk|
Dynamo Kursk shrugged off their domestic woes as the players handed new head coach Bo Overton a welcome EuroCup Women win in his first game holding the reins.
The Russian club were far too strong for Tsmoki Minsk and rolled over their opponents with ease, storming to a 92-53 home floor success in Group A.
The 2012 winners had far too much quality and strength in depth and as the game unfolded, the gap grew wider with each passing minute.
Natalia Vodopyanova and Shay Doron both stood out with the former harvesting 14 points and 11 boards, whilst the latter had a team high 17 points.
Tsmoki Minsk could get nothing going inside, so jacked up an eye-popping 32 attempts from long-range. Chantell Alford led the way for the losing team with 14 points.
There was an all-Turkish affair in elsewhere in Group A as Adana Botas managed to cling on for a precious 73-66 success at Homend Antakya in an entertaining affair riddled with lead changes.
The decisive swing in favour of the victorious team came with five minutes left on the game clock. Trailing 58-57, Botas outscored their domestic rivals 16-8 leading up to the final buzzer, with five players reaching double-digits.
One of them was teenage talent Pelin Bilgic who nailed a couple of big threes, whilst Michelle Snow had 17 points and nine boards. Aneika Henry had a creditable 16 points and 13 rebounds for Antakya.
In Group B, Norrkoping Dolphins almost came away with a historic victory on their first foray into EuroCup Women when they lost a defence-dominated encounter by 56-50 at Chevakata Vologda.
With the game tied at 48-48, the Swedish side were denied a landmark moment when the Russians subsequently scored eight of the last ten points in the game.
Anastasia Logunova played the pivotal role for Chevakata with an efficient 14 points and Swedish national team wing Elisabeth Egnell fired 13 points for the Dolphins, but it wasn't their greatest shooting night as they dried up in fatal fashion down the stretch.
|19 points and 8 rebounds did the trick for Devereaux Peters, savely guiding Dynamo Novosibirsk to victory|
Also in Group B, Dunav Ruse were agonisingly outlasted 73-69 at home by Mersin Buyuksehir Bld, who had the outstanding player in the game in the shape of Courtney Paris.
The center finished with 15 points and the same number of rebounds, whilst Swiss national team forward Caroline Turin top scored for Dunav with 17 points.
The strength in the paint of Devereaux Peters was the difference as Dynamo Novosibirsk opened their Group C campaign with a 70-43 mauling of Horizont Minsk.
The frontcourt star had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Siberian club shut down the visitors defensively and dominated on the glass - aside from Ukraine national team center Aleksandra Khomenchuk who claimed 11 boards in defeat.
Istanbul Universitesi have started their TKBL season in impressive fashion and they successfully transferred their domestic form into EuroCup Women by chalking up a commanding 73-51 road win at Spartak Noginsk in Group D.
Rampant in the second half, Nilay Kartaltepe dished up a superb 10 assists, whilst fellow Turkish veteran Tugba Palazoglu contributed five assists and five steals in a typically energetic display at both ends of the court.
Anna Ostroukhova replied with 19 points for Spartak in a losing effort.