Early Danilochina Burst Sparks Nadezhda

9. Elena Danilochkina (Nadezhda)
Elena Danilochkina erupted for 11 first-quarter points as Nadezhda beat Tarbes easily

Nadezhda cruised to their sixth victory of the EuroLeague Women campaign on Tuesday after dominating the opening exchanges against Tarbes.

The Russian outfit stormed into a 36-20 lead midway through the second quarter in Orenburg and claimed a 72-54 Group B triumph.

Rebekkah Brunson and Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya each had nine points and Katie Douglas seven in that strong start for Nadezhda.

Winless Tarbes knew they were going to be in for a long day when Elena Danilochina got into a good shooting rhythm early on.

She had 11 of her 13 points in the first quarter, nine coming on shots from behind the arc.

One of her treys came in the midst of a 12-0 run that was capped by a Zakalyuzhnaya lay-up which gave Nadezhda a 26-8 lead with 1:11 to go in the first quarter.

The French finished the frame on a 6-0 run to reduce the arrears to 26-14, but Zakalyuzhnaya began the second quarter with a three-point play as Nadezhda kept the pressure on.

They built a 39-22 advantage before going to the break on top, 45-29.

Brunson began the third quarter by drilling back-to-back jump shots for a 49-29 stranglehold on proceedings.

Nadezhda remained in total control the rest of the way.

Tarbes (0-8) turned the ball over 20 times and made just one of 12 shots from long range.

Nadezhda were led by Brunson's 18 points and 13 rebounds.



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