EuroLeague Women Group A has a clear leader in undefeated CSKA Moscow, but the race to second place is wide open after TTT Riga defeated MKB Euroleasing 77-66.
The result has left Riga and MKB with two wins and two defeats, just as Fenerbahce have after their 109-69 mauling in Moscow also on Wednesday.
Lille Metropole can also improve to 2-2 with a victory tomorrow against 0-3 Phard Napoli.
Olena Zherzherunova had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, who trailed 19-8 at the end of the first quarter but hit their stride over the next 10 minutes in outscoring MKB 27-10 to lead 35-29 at half-time.
The team from Hungary would end up leading by as many as five in the third quarter, but Riga went to the final stanza holding a 54-50 edge and kept their noses in front the rest of the way.
Their biggest lead in the fourth quarter was 12 points and they won comfortably in the end.
MKB, who were out-rebounded 46-33, got 19 points and seven rebounds from Andrea Balas-Pirine Karolyi.
Ainars Cukste, coach, TTT Riga:
"We didn`t start as we planned. We wanted to save Ieva Tare, that's why she was kept out of the starting five. So we started with Krumina. But the changes affected us negatively. The second quarter was more successful, many thanks to the team for not letting go and keeping on fighting. In the last three quarters we played as we hoped to. We will no stop at two victories, but our next games will be difficult. The Game against Napoli could be a decisive one, as everyone plays well at home."
Iciss Tillis, player TTT Riga:
"We came out really slow, it took us a while to get into our game. We changed our defense, got a lot of rebounds and secured our lead."
Norbert Szekely, coach, MKB Euroleasing:
"Congratulations to Riga. The difference betwen the teams was in the rebounds, as we collected 13 less than our opponents. We played hard, we played our game, not bad defense, but Riga scored a lot of points in the paint and we lost."
Oleksandra Gorbunova, player, MKB Euroleasing:
"We lost the rebounds, I agree. We tried to play aggressively, we tried to provoke our opponents and let them make mistakes. However, we lost too many points because of fouls. We were also shorter than our opponents."