Spartak Moscow Region delivered a first-half knockout punch at US Valenciennes on Wednesday en route to a 91-70 victory in the EuroLeague Women.
Starting to look like the force that dominated in Russia and Europe in the 2006-07
campaign, Spartak got big games from some of their seasoned internationals.
|Lauren Jackson had 20 points for Spartak Moscow Region in the win.|
By half-time, USA national team shooting guard/small forward Diana Taurasi had 17 points and Australia’s gold-medal winner at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women, Lauren Jackson, had 16.
Those contributions helped the defending champions build a 54-40 advantage.
Natalia Hejkova's team extended that to 70-50 midway through the third quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Taurasi poured in a game-high 22 points and Jackson added 20 in just over 23 minutes on the floor as Spartak improved to 4-1 in Group C.
The visitors' hegemony on the boards helped them claim a decisive victory.
They out-rebounded USVO 39-23 with Taurasi, who logged 33 minutes, the leader in that category as well with nine.
Tina Thompson, the MVP of last season's Final Four triumph for Spartak, had 12 points and seven boards.
Nicole Ohlde finished with 15 points for USVO, who dropped to 2-3 in Group C while Italy national team playmaker Francesca Zara, a Spartak reserve last season, scored nine.