MKB Euroleasing Sopron laid down an early marker in the EuroLeague Women with an 82-67 road win over Lotos Gydnia in Group B.
|Amber Holt opened her third season for Sopron with another impressive performance|
Amber Holt led the way with 22 points while new signing Angel McCoughtry showed just why the team had been so keen to sign her as the United States international poured in 19 points while also grabbing six rebounds and making four steals.
Katalin Honti added 16 points with five steals while Tijana Krivacevic also made it into double figures with 10 points.
Sopron needed little time in taking control of the game and had a double-digit lead as early as the end of the first quarter, when Zane Tamane's jump-shot put them 28-17 ahead.
The lead had grown to 14, 47-33, by half-time, and although the hosts were able to put together a number of rallies, they never got close to catching the high-powered visitors.
While Lotos were able to match their visitors on the boards, turnovers played a major role as Lotos were guilty of 23 compared to 12 for Sopron, who also had 15 steals.
Daria Mieloszynska scored 18 and Elina Babkina added 11 for Lotos, while Milka Bjelica had nine points and 12 rebounds.
MKB Euroleasing Head Coach Norbert Szekely:
"It was a very important game, it was an opening and away game. That's why we are so satisfied that we won. I can tell that we played better against mam to man diffense than zone. Next week we have a hard game against Ecopolis at home and it will be difficult but I hope we will win."
Lotos Gdynia Head Coach Dariusz Raczynski:
"23 Turnovers is a disaster. I can't find a better word for that. We are missing a typical point guard and post player and try to hide it in many ways. Unfortunatelly, in this game my players didn't meet the expectation. Congratulation for the winning team."
MKB Euroleasing guard Katalin Honti:
"I'm happy with the win. We can play fast and we did it. We will continue it in the future."
Lotos guard Monica Wright:
"The Statistical sheet shows it all. We played against tough opponents. We will try to play better and improve in the next game."