Sparta&K Moscow Region coach Pokey Chatman was more than satisfied with her team's performance in Monday's SuperCup Women triumph at Sony Athinaikos in Greece.
The four-time defending EuroLeague Women champions saw their 20-point lead in the third quarter cut to just three points in the closing stages but Sparta&K held on for a 70-61 triumph.
"We haven't completed even 10 days of preparation, so the fact that half-way through the third quarter we led by so much really surprised me," Chatman said.
"Because I knew the quality of the opposing team, I was sure that at some point they'd come back so I'm happy with the character shown by my players at the end.
"We're delighted to win the SuperCup and this title gives us strength to continue the hard work that lies ahead."
Giannis Ktistakis, who has replaced George Dikeoulakos at the helm of the Greek club, can't fret about the defeat with Athinaikos set to tip off their domestic campaign.
"It's early in the season and so generally I'm pleased with the effort from the girls," he said.
"We don't have time to analyze our mistakes because in less than two days is the first official game of the year."
Sparta&K's EuroLeague Women opener is on October 27 against VICI Aistes in Lithuania.
Athinaikos will launch their EuroCup Women title defense the following day at home to BC Dnipro.