Sparta&K Hammer Tarbes
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje showed no mercy against Tarbes on Wednesday by hammering the defending champions of France 87-55 in the EuroLeague Women.
With two narrow defeats in their opening three games, Pokey Chatman's team got back to .500 and had victory in the bag late in the first half when Lauren Jackson's two free-throws gave them a 42-23 stranglehold on proceedings.
Jackson, coming off her third MVP season in the WNBA, had 17 points in the first half.
Nearly two minutes into the third quarter, the rout was well and truly on as Jackson scored on a fastbreak for a 51-25 lead.
With 37 seconds to go in the third quarter, Spartak's lead ballooned to 35 when Anete Jekabsone-Zogota fed Irina Sokolovskaya and the Russia international made a lay-up.
Trailing 68-35, the rest of the contest was an exercise in damage limitation for Tarbes.
Jackson ended up playing 24 minutes and scoring 24 points to lead Sparta&K, who face a very tough test next week when they host Halcon Avenida.