|Sparta&K Moscow Region's Candice Dupree led all scorers with 24 points, 20 of which came in the hotly contested first half|
Sparta&K Moscow Region stayed hot on the heels of Wisla Can Pack Krakow at the top of EuroLeague Women Group C by prevailing 79-60 at Gospic Croatia.
Candice Dupree came up just short of equaling her season high, pouring in 24 points.
The American had 25 in last month's victory over Frisco Sika Brno.
Dupree had 20 points in the first half on Thursday when Spartak took the lead for good.
While the hosts fell to 4-7 and saw their hopes of reaching the EuroLeague Women post-season fade a little more, Sparta&K improved to 8-3.
With three games to go, Wisla (9-2) have a one-game lead over Sparta&K.
The game was knotted at 29-29 with 4:08 to play when Seimone Augustus and Dupree hit back-to-back jump shots.
After Julie McBride scored for Gospic to cut the Russian team's advantage to 33-31, Sonja Petrovic buried a jumper to spark an 8-0 Sparta&K surge to close the first half.
Dupree's two free-throws were the last two points of the first half and gave Sparta&K a 41-31 lead.
Pokey Chatman's team then got jumpers from Marina Kuzina and Becky Hammon to start the third quarter and led 45-31.
Gospic got the deficit back to seven in the third quarter but got no closer.
McBride had 21 points to lead Gospic, who had no other player reach double digits.
Croatia international Sandra Mandir had a tough night for Gospic, missing all nine of her shots from the field and scoring just four points - well below her season average of 13.2.