Dynamo Moscow reignited their hopes of qualifying for the EuroLeague Women eighth-finals following a hard-fought 92-86 win over MiZo Pecs 2010.
Latvian forward Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and American power forward Seimone Augustus were in inspired form, scoring 28 and 26 points respectively to see Dynamo home.
|Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Dynamo)|
The result saw the Russians rise to second in Group D and moved their record to 3-3, the same as Hungarian outfit MiZo Pecs 2010 who sit third.
Dynamo took the early initiative, but an eight-point run helped the home side take a 15-12 lead midway through the first quarter.
It got better for the Hungarians towards the end of the first quarter as a six-point run culminating in two successful free throws from Zsofia Fegyverneky helped them go 28-20 ahead.
Despite opening up a 10-point gap early in the second quarter, Dynamo fought back and Jekabsone-Zogota`s three-pointer just before the buzzer reduced the deficit to 74-44 at half-time.
Dynamo eventually went 59-58 ahead in the third quarter, but a seven-point run put MiZo Pecs 2010 back in front, before finishing the quarter with a 65-61 advantage.
In the final quarter Dynamo showed their character once again, putting together an early five-point run to edge in front.
Dynamo then kept it that way with the impressive Jekabsone-Zogota shooting two free throws at the end to secure the win.
It was from the free throw line that MiZo Pecs 2010 had the most trouble, making only 72.7% of their free throws compared to Dynamo`s 88.2%.
Ainars Zvirgzdins, Coach Dynamo Moscow:
"I am very happy that we won. Unfortunately we lost three EuroLeague Women games in a row, because one of our key player, Martinez, who was not in the team. She played against MiZo Pécs 2010 on the first game and today she was again able to participate. I am glad that we could come back after the lost matches, especially as it was a very though game."
Seimone Augustus, Player Dynamo Moscow:
"It was a very competitive match. Inside I had the impression that the game would be decided in the very last minute."
Ákos Füzy, Assistant Coach MiZo Pécs 2010:
"We played a very fast, spectacular and impressive game against the Russian team of an extra-class. Unfortunately due to the serial behind us we got physically and mentally tired and our mistakes were punished by our opponent team. Congratulations to the Dynamo Moscow team’s outstanding performance and winning."
Zsófia Fegyverneky, Player MiZo Pécs 2010:
"We did'nt have a big dproblem with scoring as far as we could be physically competitive . I am very sorry that we lost, it was the end-game of a very though series (3 matches in 8 days)."