Anna Vajda went from relative obscurity to EuroLeague Women star on Tuesday with a timely 16-point effort as MiZo Pecs turned back Lietuvos Telekomas in the opening game of their quarter-final showdown.
Vajda, a Budapest-born forward/center, turned in her best performance in the competition as MiZo Pecs, the only side to beat defending champions BC Volgaburmash this season, won 79-66 over the visitors from Lithuania.
Previously, Vajda's best game was an eight-point effort against Lotos Gdynia on January 31 in the eighth-finals play-offs.
The defeat is harsh on guard Katie Douglas of Lietuvos Telekomas, who had a game-high 24 points on nine of 17 shooting - including two of two from the arc and four of five from the charity stripe.
She and her team would have won had Vajda not been in the way.
The Hungarian international, who is only 21 years old, was immense.
Immediately after Douglas had made one of two from the line to pull Lietuvos Telekomas to within 62-60 just six minutes and 40 seconds from the end, Vajda struck with a three-pointer to spark a 9-2 run.
Douglas buried a jumper to give her side a chance at 71-64, but Vajda immediately put paid to their faint hopes with another three for a 10 point lead.
Algirdas Paulauskas' Lithuanian team never recovered.
The Hungarian outfit will know the job is not finished with Lietuvos Telekomas tough rivals on their home floor - the venue for Friday's Game 2.
MiZo Pecs were 24 of 43 (55.8%) inside the arc and five of 14 (35.7%) behind it.
Lietuvos Telekomas were five of seven (71.4%) from long range, but on two-point shooting they were a woeful 19 of 53 (35.8%).