Cras Basket Taranto gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as they rolled to an 81-53 victory over TEO Vilnius on Wednesday night.
On the last night of Qualifying Round action in the EuroLeague Women, the Group A win pushed the Italian club to 6-4 while Vilnius fell to 1-9.
Rebekka Brunson had 20 points and nine rebounds for the winners.
It was a solid defensive effort from Taranto, who held the Lithuanian team without an assist until the fourth quarter.
Lindsey Marcie Harding scored all eight of Vilnius's first-quarter points and finished with 23 in the game.
Harding got a little help in the second quarter from Vita Kuktiene, who buried two shots from long range, but it was too little, too late as Taranto jumped out to an 18-point lead at half-time.
Jami Montagnino provided a burst of offense with 16 points on four of five shooting from behind the arc for Taranto, who ended up with five players in double-figures.
Overall, the Italian team shot a blistering nine of 15 from three-point range.
Vilnius were held to 39% shooting for the game, and compounded their offensive struggles with 19 turnovers.
Roberto Ricchini, Cras Taranto Coach:
"We won the six games out of ten in the first phase of the competition. We're looking ahead to the Eight-Finals playoff. Tonight was not easy to win but the team has shown once more maturity".
Jami Montagnino, Taranto Player:
"Tonight Cras has proven to be a competitive team. In the knockout stage we will seek new satisfactions."
Mantas Sernius, TEO Vilnius Coach:
"We had a young team, we could not do more. There remain important games for the experience of the club".
Lindsey Harding, Vilnius Player:
"I am sorry to have lost this match. But it was not easy to win, because Taranto is a strong opponent."