If ESB Lille Metropole believed they might have a chance against CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague Women opener for both sides on Wednesday, they were sadly mistaken.
Gundars Vetra's team, showing off some of the new players in the team like Katie Douglas and Janel McCarville, rolled to a 96-44 home triumph over the French team.
Douglas, who joined from Ros Casares, had 20 points while McCarville, who has only recently arrived in Moscow from America where she reached the WNBA semi-finals with the New York Liberty, finished with six.
The excellent Ilona Korstin finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Ann Wauters finished with 11 points and eight boards.
CSKA led from start to finish. They opened up a 9-0 lead and had victory all but assured by the end of the first quarter, by which team they led 27-6.
The Russians out-rebounded their visitors 44-22.
Head Coach Gundars Vetra (CSKA Moscow):
"It was a very good victory! I'm very happy that we started strongly in the Euroleague Women."
"Although we had some problems, because some players joint our team recently and we had to practice a lot so that all the players would be same level. I think the score described the situation on the playing court. Therefore the difference might have been more or even less."
"I would like to point out that Lille Metropole played without three players and in France the game might be different."
Head Coach Abdou N'Diaey (ESB Lille Metropole):
"There are a lot of new players in our team, many players have changed, so we can say that our team is very young and we also need to learn a lot."
"It was very difficult for us to play in this game. CSKA Moscow is a very good team, some of the players here are playing for 3 or even 5 years. So we can say, that this game was quiet hard for us."
"CSKA Moscow has good address, good passes....it is just a very good team. They also have good chemistry. And moreover our team played in Euroleague Women for the first time, so we have some perspectives of development."