CSKA Moscow survived a fight but remained undefeated in Group A of the EuroLeague Women with an 80-75 victory at MKB Euroleasing Sopron.
Ilona Korstin made two free throws with eight seconds left to secure the win and improve CSKA to 5-0.
|Ann Wauters had 21 points and 12 rebounds for CSKA.|
Sopron dropped to 2-3 in the group despite 20 points and 13 rebounds from Olexandra Gorbunova and 17 points from Albena Branzova.
CSKA pulled ahead 4-2 on the road but Branzova scored seven points in a 12-2 Sopron run to lead 14-6.
The Russians answered with the next nine points, grabbing the lead back on Powell's three-ball but Edit Ratkainé's foul shots gave the Hungarians the advantage 20-17 after one period.
Two baskets each by Barbara Semsei and Katalin Horti helped Sopron open a 33-26 cushion.
Powell would eventually trim the margin to 37-35 but the Hungarians were up 39-25 at half-time.
Branzova knocked down a three-ball to start the third but Arteshina answered with two long balls of her own to start a 17-2 CSKA Moscow run, which included six points by Korstin and was completed by Powell's three-pointer for a 52-44 lead.
Gorbunova tallied eight points as Sopron stayed close and Honti's three-pointer left Moscow leading 66-59 after three periods.
Honti's lay-up pulled Sopron to within 70-65 only to see Maria Stepanova score five straight points, but Branzova knocked down back-to-back baskets and Gorbunova's two foul shots trimmed the margin to 75-73 with two minutes left.
Wauters scored and the lead was 78-73 on Arteshina's foul shot with 13 seconds left.
Jelena Milovanovic hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left to set up Korstin's heroics.
Gundars Vetra (Headcoach - CSKA Moscow):
"It is not easy to play in Sopron. They have good fans, today was also had a very good atmosphere here. Stepanova had too early 2 fouls, so we had to change our plan. We are very happy that we could win here."
Ann Wauters (CSKA Moscow):
"In Sopron it is always difficult to play. We had a lot of problems against them. But we need hard games like this to improve."
Albena Branzova (MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON):
"CSKA is one of the best teams in Europe. We prepared well, and tried to do our best. Good luck for them in the Euroleague!"