ZVVZ USK Prague made it two straight wins in EuroLeague Women Group C with an 83-72 road triumph at VICI Aistes in Lithuania.
|Ever-Young DeLisha Milton-Jones gave her team another inspiring performance with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals |
Fully aware of the dangers of playing in Kaunas, the place where Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje lost in the opening week, Prague were focused from the start and got big performances from several players, including Eva Viteckova (21 points) and Delisha Milton-Jones (18 pts).
Prague, playing without injured Greece international Evina Maltsi, started well with Czech internationals Viteckova and Katerina Elhotova wreaking havoc.
The game was knotted at 2-2 when Elhotova popped a three-pointer to ignite an 18-5 Prague run.
Elhotova had nine of her 16 points in the game in that opening spell.
VICI Aistes are resilient, though, and Courtnay Pilypaitis' lay-up cut the advantage to 23-18 with 1:35 to go in the first quarter.
Prague ended up taking a 29-20 lead to the second frame but weren't able to pull away as the hosts reduced the deficit to 44-37 before going to the break down by 11.
VICI Aistes stayed within striking distance, due largely to Ausra Bimbaite's free-throw shooting.
While she struggled from the floor, Bimbaite buried all 13 of her shots at the charity stripe on her way to 20 points.
Prague had too much down low, however.
They made 26 of 45 (57.7%) shots inside the arc, with Milton-Jones, Lindsay Whalen (16pts), Elhotova and Viteckova doing most of the damage.
After opening up a 17-point lead late in the third quarter, Prague's advantage never dipped below 11 in the fourth as they sent VICI Aistes to third straight setback.