|Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way for CCC Polkowice, racking up 21 points|
A sensational second-half shooting performance by CCC Polkowice left Novi Zagreb trailing in their wake as the Polish visitors completed a spectacular 76-55 blowout in EuroLeague Women Group C.
A roller-coaster first half had witnessed both teams enjoy a quarter of dominance each, with CCC Polkowice firstly leading 19-13 after ten minutes before the hosts outscored their opponents in the second to take the lead 32-27.
However, the pendulum then swung viciously in the direction of the visitors as the hosts imploded with their already porous defence going decidedly AWOL.
Polkowice took full advantage and having trailed 32-27, they managed to post a jaw dropping 41-11 run, a burst of scoring helped by three triples in a row at the end of the third quarter, including two from Nnemkadi Ogwumike who continues to show she has impressive range.
Novi Zagreb couldn't respond and even in the closing stages, couldn't find a late flurry to ease the pain and consequently it was a brutal way for their slim hopes of sneaking a play-off spot to be terminated.
There were some excellent performances from a bunch of Polkowice players, with Ogwumike racking up 21 points and nine rebounds, whilst Laia Palau had nine assists and three steals.
Latoya Williams was the only hometown player to reach double-digits with 12 points.
CCC Polkowice head coach Jacek Winnicki
"I'm very happy about the win which has opened a chance for the second round. We had mistakes in second qouter and let Novi Zagreb to come into the match. After the half, we played good defence and that was the key to our win. It is the second time that we play in Euroleague and second time in next round."
CCC Polkowice player Magdalena Skorek
"In the first half we played point by point. The key to win was our defence in the second half."
Novi Zagreb head coach Vladimir Ivankovic
"For the first time we didn't play at a high level. That was the problem because this was the most important game for us. The team didn't show any character. We didn't have a player who could carry the team on her back."
Novi Zagreb player Ana Cacic
"First half was good in offence and defence, but then we stopped playing and don't know why. Our first goal was, and still is, the national championship."