Wisla Can-Pack Krakow stormed into a decisive early lead against visiting USO Mondeville in Group A of the EuroLeague Women on Wednesday and ultimately prevailed 65-47.
The hosts moved into second place with their fourth victory in six games while leaving the French club 3-3 - the same record as Good Angels Kosice following the Slovakian outfit's defeat to Cras Basket Taranto.
Wisla went on a 9-1 run to lead 11-3 and then surged into a 22-6 advantage after scoring 11 unanswered points.
When Dorota Gburczyk-Sikora buried a jumper on a fast break for Wisla, Mondeville found themselves staring at a 26-10 deficit.
They managed to reduce the arrears to 33-26 when Valeriya Berezhynska nailed a three-ball but Gburczyk went to the other end and scored from the arc to take the lead back to 10 for the Polish team at half-time.
Berezhynska's three-pointer early in the second half cut the Krakow advantage to 38-31, but the home side stayed in front and eventually pulled away for an 18-point victory.
Ewelina Kobryn finished with 19 points and nine boards for Wisla and Berezhynska had 14 in defeat.
Wisla out-rebounded Mondeville 45-33 and their win would have been even more convincing had they not been 10 of 20 at the free-throw line.
When Mondeville beat Wisla in the first week of the season, they made nine of 17 shots from long range (52.9%) but in Poland, they were a mere three of 17 (17.6%).
Herve Coudray, Head Coach USO Mondeville:
"It was very hard game. Congratulations toWisla Can-Pack.
In the first quarter we were not able to break the home team's defence and had many problems to get to the open shooting positions. Next they controlled the game and won easily."
Jose Hernandez, Head Coach Wisla Can Pack:
"We are very happy coming back to a good group position. We played excellent defence, giving up only 47 points - that is great.
We have a problem with free throws but will work to eliminate that very bad statistics and to improve it.
Thanks to our fans that came to the Gym in such terrible winter weather."