|Eshaya Murphy erupted for 30 points, also pulling down 10 boards as Perfumerias Avenida beat Novi Zagreb|
A EuroLeague Women career-high 30 points from Eshaya Murphy helped Perfumerias Avenida take a 74-55 success against WBC Novi Zagreb to erase the memory of their nightmare loss in Vilnius.
The Salamanca side were soundly thrashed in their previous Group C game, but responded in real style with the efforts of Murphy and a one-sided final quarter proving enough to take the win.
The hosts initially opened up a healthy 24-14 lead, but the excellent Luca Ivankovic tied the game up at 33-33 shortly before the clubs hitting the locker rooms at the break.
The game was still locked at 46-46 late in the third period, but a 16-2 run by Avenida in the last quarter put the outcome to bed.
Murphy completed a memorable night of work by also hauling down 10 rebounds and Krystal Thomas contributed with some outstanding work on the glass with 15 boards.
Ivankovic finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Croatians, but they were left ruing 23 turnovers as Marta Fernandez and Marta Xargay combined for nine steals.
Novi Zagreb player Krisztina Raksányi
"We played really good in the firts 27 minutes but then we started losing stupid balls and that was the key of the game. We have to keep on working and improving."
Zagreb head coach Vladimir Ivankovic
"We did a great job during 25 minutes, then they did fantastic pressure and forced us to make turnovers. 17 points is not the real difference, we did it better. But here, they play with six players, the audience is unbelieveable. Congratulations to Salamanca."
Avenida player Marta Fernández
"The key of the game was changing our aggressivity. We talked about that at halftime, we needed to be more aggressive, and we got it as a team. Then, if you play hard, with this crowd is very difficult to loose."
Avenida coach Victor Lapeña
"I am very happy with te way our team came back into the game. We were losing by eleven, and all my players, even from the bench, did an aggressive job, that is the way to win more games."