Jolene Anderson put forth a solid display for ESB Lille Metropole on Wednesday night, leading the French club to victory in its EuroLeague Women opener against Gospic Croatia.
Anderson, a 1.73m guard, had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 73-59 Group B victory.
ESB trailed 23-20 at the end of the first quarter and Gospic got a Carla Thomas three-pointer and an Andja Jelavic lay-up at the start of the second period to go on top 28-20.
The French team finally hit its stride, though, and went to half-time leading 40-36.
They pressed home the advantage in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 17-6 and went in front by as many as 20 in the final quarter before settling for a 14-point triumph.
Thomas had 26 points and eight rebounds for Gospic.
Abdou N'Diaye (Head Coach, ESB Lille Metropole):
"We were taken by surprise particularly by Thomas' three pointers but we knew how to react quickly tightening our defense and making a smarter one."
"In this competition, it is important that we adjust fast to the way of playing of the other teams and stay lively during forty minutes. That is what we have done and so I am very pleased of the production of my team, we have conceded few points."
"It's a good beginning for us to make confidence for the following matches."
Élodie Bertal (Player, ESB Lille Metropole):
"I agree with Abdou's point of view, despite the video analysis we were taken by surprise but we had a quick reaction to adjust to the other team."
"We were well in the rhythm with a big defense and we came back to our basics in the third quarter to make ourselves respected at home. In the end it was a pretty small result, but I am happy."