Cras Basket Taranto had to come from behind in the final five mintues before improving their record to 3-0 with a 63-57 win over Wisla Can-Pack in their EuroLeague Women Group A clash.
Wisla had led 55-54 after Katarzyna Krezel's three-pointer, but Elodie Godin put Taranto back on top, 56-55, with a jump-shot 4:12 from time.
|Kathy Wambe had 16 points for Cras Basket Taranto|
Wisla missed a couple of chances to cut the gap, including a three-point attempt from Andja Jelavic that was wide of the mark.
Angela Gianolla put Taranto 61-55 on top with 33 seconds left, and although Paulina Pawlak hit back for Wisla, Megan Mahoney went to the line to make sure of victory for the hosts.
Smith led Taranto with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kathy Wambe added 16 points and Godin finished with 10.
Magdalena Leciejewska led Wisla with 12 points, while Erin Phillips and Janell Burse had 11 each, with Burse adding 10 rebounds.
Cras Basket Head Coach:
"It was an intense match, balanced. My team has played pretty well, especially on the defensive end. In this way we were able to neutralize a dangerous opponent. I am happy about our first place in the group but we must remain humble and confident."
Cras Basket Center Brooke Smith:
"This is a good time for Cras. Krakow was not an easy opponent to beat but we managed to be competitive. I feel very confident about our next games."
Wisla Can-Pach Head Coach Jose Hernàndez:
"I'm disappointed that we lost. My team played with a lot of heart and we had a chance to win. In front of us we had an equally determined opponent. However, I remain confident about my team for the rest of this competition."
Wisla Can-Pack Guard Andja Jelavic:
"In the long run we suffered from the good defense of Taranto but we still had a good game. We are two good teams, they deserved to win. We will do our best to beat them in our next game."