Gambrinus Sika Brno ran roughshod over ESB Lille Metropole in EuroLeague Women Group B on Wednesday.
Jan Bobrovsky's team, beaten finalists in the 2007-08 campaign, prevailed 81-61 with Eva Viteckova's 17 points leading a balanced scoring attack.
Tamika Whitmore chipped in 14, Hamchetou Maiga Ba 13 and both Liene Jansone and Petra Kulichova 10 for Gambrinus as they improved to 2-4 while dropping ESB Lille to 1-4.
Gambrinus were 31 of 57 (54.2%) inside the arc while the visitors from France finished 19 of 51 (37.2%).
Maiga Ba's jump shot with 3:31 to go in the first quarter put Gambrinus on top for good at 13-11.
They did not begin to take command of the contest until midway through the second quarter, though.
Leading 27-24, Kulichova hit two consecutive baskets at the front of a 14-2 run to close the first half for Gambrinus.
Viteckova drilled a three and Maiga Ba made a lay-up immediately after the restart as Gambrinus opened up a 46-26 lead.
They stayed in control for the remainder of the contest.
Ljubica Drljaca had 14 points for ESB Lille Metropole.
Vlastimil Havlík (Assistant Coach, Brno):
"We started very bad, our players were nervous. We played very quickly in attack and our defense was perfect. In the second period we had a lot of problems with zone defense Lille. But we have the game under control."
Abdou N´Dyaye (Lille Player):
"I was satisfied with our play for only fifteen minutes. But in the end of the first period we had very bad rebounds and shooting. We lost a lot of passes. In the second period our performance was better but it wasn't possible to turn the game."