Andrea Balas-Pirine Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic each scored 19 points as MKB Euroleasing Sopron improved to 2-1 in Group A of the EuroLeague Women with an 82-69 home win over Phard Napoli.
|Bernadett Németh dished out six assists for MKB Wednesday night.|
Olexandra Gorbunova added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Sopron, and Albena Branzova chipped in 12 points for Norbert Szekely's team.
Astou Ndiaye led Nino Molino's Italian side with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Turkish national team player Yasemin Horasan added 16 points and Cedra Holland-Corn scored 14.
Holland-Corn hit a lay-up to give the Italians an early 10-3 lead on the road, and two more foul shots by the American guard pushed the advantage to 18-8.
Branzova's lay-up trimmed the deficit to 24-19 after one period.
The Hungarians scored the first six points of the second quarter to grab the lead, which would go back and forth throughout the period and Adia Barnes's jumper pulled Napoli to within 40-38 at the break.
The third quarter was also a see-saw affair which saw seven lead changes, the last coming on Paola Mauriello's three-pointer at the buzzer for a 59-57 Napoli advantage going into the fourth.
Sopron small forward Balas-Pirine Karolyi drained a three-pointer to start the final period and Mauriello hit a jumper to give Phard their final lead of the game, 63-62, with eight minutes remaining.
Balas-Pirine Karolyi hit another long-ball and was followed by a three from the Serb national team power forward Milovanovic to spark a 15-0 run and a 77-63 margin with four minutes left.
Milovanovic's lay-up gave the Hungarians their biggest lead of the game 81-65.
MKB-Euroleasing Sopron coach Székely Norbert:
"In the first half Napoli controlled the game, and we got in a hole but our defense was great in the last quarter, so we could decided the game. This was an important win!"
Phard Napoli coach Antonino Molino:
"We played very well until the last quarter, when we made a lot of mistakes. Sopron used this, and shot well too. We gave them the possibility for easy shots. Congratulations for them."
MKB-Euroleasing Sopron guard Barbara Semsei:
"We tried to play our rhythm, but it didn't work in the first half. I'm happy that after the summer national competitions I can show my skills in the Euroleague also."
Phard Napoli small forward Adia Barnes:
"We played well for 30 minutes, but we had a lot of problems in our defense in the last quarter. Congratulation for the young Sopron team, they did a good job!"