|Santos' 13 points were not enough |
Pays d'Aix Basket picked up their first victory in the EuroLeague Women after beating CUS Chieti 60:52.
Both teams came out firing in the first quarter, putting on a fine shooting display and matching each other shot for shot.
Sviatlana Volnaya started the 2nd quarter by hitting a 3-pointer for Aix and suddenly there was no stopping the French team.
They went on a 7-0 run and carried on building their lead, going into the halftime break up 38:23.
Chieti stepped up on defense in the third quarter, holding the French to just 2 points in the opening 5 minutes and cutting the lead to 12, 28:40.
However, despite a strong 4th quarter from Chieti, Pays managed to maintain the distance between the 2 teams and win hold on for the win.
Czech center Eva Nemcova had 17 points and 9 rebounds for Chieti.
Lara Mandic top scored for Pays d'Aix Basket with 14 points on 5/7 shooting from the field.
MVP: Harrower Kristi (Aix en Provence)
Claudio Agresti, Head Coach Cus Chieti:
"The second quarter was fatal for our team. We shot very badly. We have to improve our attack, we are making just few points."
Daniela Di Matteo, Cus Chieti:
“It is a pity because we could do better. We made a lot of mistakes.”
Abdou N’Diaye, Head Coach, Pays d’ Aix Basket 13:
“I’m very satisfied about the defence even after the loss Lara Mandic because to injury. We are still at the beginning of the championship, we have to see in future of the competition.”
Nathalie Lesdema, Pays d’ Aix Basket 13:
“The start was difficult, But we had a lot of patience and later on we were ready to score.”