Rivas Remain Unbeaten With Win Over Kosice


Rivas Ecópolis are finding the EuroLeague Women waters very much to their liking with the Spanish club claiming a third straight win on Thursday night at the expense of Good Angels Kosice.

Playing in the competition for the first time, Rivas looked like seasoned campaigners in a 74-58 home triumph over Kosice in Group C.

Leading 12-10 early on, Javier Fort's side reeled off 12 consecutive points to grab the upper hand.

Clara Bermejo Moreno started the run with a three-ball and Anna Cruz followed with two free-throws.

Jelena Dubljevic added a lay-up and after Crystal Langhorne split one of two at the line, Dubljevic sank two free-throws before Spain international Cruz capped the spurt with a lay-up for a 24-10 lead.

Kosice, who have signed Linda Frohlich following the German's recent departure from Frisco Sika Brno, went on an 8-0 spurt to close the gap to 26-20.

Angel McCoughtry poured in five of the points in that run and Candace Dupree the other three.

A basket from Kosice's Luisa Michulková reduced the arrears to 36-31 by half-time.

Kosice stayed within five points for much of the third quarter but Rivas went on a 7-0 run late in the frame for a 55-43 advantage.

The hosts led by double digits the rest of the way, with their advantage reaching 22 late in the final period.

Dubljevic paced Rivas with 18 points while Cruz had 13 and Catherine Joens 12.

Bermejo Moreno has been hugely impressive yet for Rivas.

She buried all three of her shots from long range on her way to 11 points and dished out six assists while grabbing five rebounds.

As a team, Riva made nine of 14 shots from behind the arc with Joens four of seven.

McCoughtry had a game-high 19 points while Dupree finished with 17 along with 12 rebounds.


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