Referees: Vladimir Okhrimenko (RUS), Joakim Forsberg (SWE), Tanel Suslov (EST)
Vilnius Too Strong For USO
Lithuania internationals Egle Sulciute and Sandra Valuzyte were in impressive form for TEO Vilnius as they recovered from a slow start to power past USO Mondeville in EuroLeague Women Group D on Thursday.
Power forward Sulciute (18 points) and point guard Sandra Valuzyte (15 points and five rebounds), who both starred in the recent EuroBasket Women, laid the foundations for a deserved 75-70 victory for the hosts in the Lithuanian capital.
Lenae Williams (15 points and three assists) did her best in a losing cause for the French visitors, whose late flurry of baskets could not prevent a defeat in the pool opener.
TEO struggled to find their feet early on, Williams scoring 12 points in the first quarter to help USO to a 23-15 lead.
But the Lithuanians fought back, pouring in the first seven points of the second quarter and Gintare Petronyte's jumper with two seconds remaining gave them a three-point cushion (40-37) at half-time.
An 8-0 run put TEO 55-48 up midway through the third quarter, and the match was all but over by the opening moments of the fourth when last season's quarter-finalists went 67-56 ahead.
USO scored the game's last five points but TEO, for whom former Lithuania star Jurgita Streimikyte weighed in with 15 points and eight rebounds, were already celebrating by then.