Galatasaray are off to a flying start in the EuroLeague Women with TEO Vilnius their latest victims.
The Istanbul club trounced TEO 82-55 on Thursday evening for their third straight win in Group A.
Jia Perkins wreaked havoc against TEO by pouring in 23 points with Sophia Young contributing 17.
|Sophia Young went for a double double with 17 points and 11 boards in the blow out|
The visitors from Lithuania acquitted themselves well for most of the first half.
They knotted the game at 26-26 with a lay-up from Chioma Nnamaka midway through the second quarter.
It was all downhill for TEO the remainder of the contest.
Young replied with a jump shot and a three-point play before Nilay Yigit got in on the act with a lay-up and two free-throws for a 35-26 Galatasaray lead.
Esra Sencebe capped the scoring spurt with a three-pointer to make it 38-26.
Nnamaka tried to stop the bleeding with a jump shot but Sencebe struck again from long range for a 41-28 Galatasaray lead at half-time.
The hosts' advantage never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.
Renee Montgomery scored 21 points for the Vilnius club, which has now suffered three straight blowout defeats to start the EuroLeague Women.
Galatasaray, last season's winners of the EuroCup Women, out-rebounded TEO 45-29.
Young pulled down 11 of those boards and Belarus international Yelena Leuchanka had nine to go with her eight points.
TEO Vilnius player Renee Montgomery:
"They were a tough team, we stopped them inside but they hit three threes in a row. It was a tough game, we fought for it a half, but we made a lot of crucial mistakes. They took advantage of it. Any time we made a turnover, they came back and scored on it. They took advantage of every mistake we made."
TEO Vilnius head coach Rutenis Paulauskas:
"Our game comparing to other two games looked a little better but my congratulations and my complimants are to Galatasaray. They played tough for forty minutes, they knew very well what they wanted and played good basketball. I wish all the best in the future for Galatasaray."
Galatasaray head coach Zafer Kalaycıoğlu:
"I am very proud of my team, they really did a good job tonight especially on defence, and also on offence we were very active. All the players did their job in their best today. At the beginning of the game we had some faul problems with Jia Perkins but in those times Esra Şencebe took the ball, took all the good shots, open shots and made all of them. She made the difference. It was good for her and our team. It was good for us to win this game tonight, it is important for the future."
Galatasaray player Esra Şencebe:
"I think we were really motivated for this game as a team. At the beginning of the game we struggled for a while , but later the difference between the teams was obvious and we showed our strength. Our oppenent was a tough team. We studied videos of their games, and tonight on the field we achieved our goals. Every player did their best. We are looking forward to our new games, we have tough games and weeks waiting for us. Tonight's good game really is a good motivation for us. I think our success will continue both in Turkish League and Euro League."