Reigning Champions Show Contenders How It's Done


Reigning Euro League Women champions Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje bounced back from last week's shock loss against VICI-Aistes to crush Galatasaray MP 66-40 in Wednesday evening's second round of games.

There were no signs of the previous week's problems for the hosts as they led from tip-to-buzzer against the Turkish side.

Epifaniya Prints led the scoring for Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje with 19 points and five boards, with Ilona Korstin adding 15.

WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson marked her return to the Russian side with 12 rebounds to go with her seven points.

Galatasaray had no one in double figures, with Syl Fowles leading them with eight points and ten rounds, though she also turned the ball over seven times against her old club.

Sparta&K couldn't have asked for a better start as they scored the first six points of the game, and rushed into a 16-2 lead before Isil Alben cut that deficit to 12 at the first break.

That lead was still 12 after just over four second period minutes as Prints drained a three-pointer, and the same player made it 24-10 with a lay-up to take her tally to seven.

Korstin made it a 20 point game going into the final three minutes of the half, and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota wrapped up a 7-0 run to send the home side into the half-time break 35-13 ahead.

Fowles opened the second half scoring for Galatasaray, but there were no signs of a comeback as Prints hit four straight points and with Milov hitting two foul shots to close out the quarter, the home side led 54-29 going into the final break.

Melisa Can trimmed that lead at the start of the final stanza, but Prints replied with a trey at the other end, and when she hit another from downtown the game was all over at 66-36 with four minutes remaining.

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