TTT Riga bounced back from their 82-56 drubbing at the hands of CSKA Moscow in the best way possible, recording their first EuroLeague Women Group A triumph thanks to a 83-65
thrashing of ESB Lille Metropole on Tuesday.
Center Olena Zherzherunova led the charge for the Latvians, racking up 21 points and four rebounds, while Ieva Tare and Micaela Martins Jacintho pitched in with 16 and 15 points respectively.
|Ljubica Drljaca had 17 points in the loss.|
Though Metropole out-rebounded the hosts, their poor form in front of the basket cost them as they only sunk 18 of their 40 two-pointers.
After an even first quarter finished 16-14 to Metropole the visitors pulled ahead 21-16 before Riga sunk 13 points without reply to power into a 29-21 lead midway through the second quarter with Zherzherunova pouring in nine of the points.
And the hosts did not look back from there, closing the third quarter 61-42 in front.
The French team made a valiant attempt at a comeback in the fourth but it was a case of too little, too late.
And despite the best efforts of Ljubica Drljaca, who claimed 17 points and seven rebounds, they fell to their first defeat of the tournament.