Tina Charles and Anastasiya Verameyenka powered Nadezhda to an 87-82 win at Ros Casares on Wednesday.
|Anastasiya Verameyenka had 7 blocks for Nadezhda|
Having suffered a narrow defeat to the Spaniards in the opening week in Russia, the Orenburg team travelled to Spain and claimed their biggest win of the season.
Recently-crowned world champion Charles of Team USA was unstoppable with 27 points and 18 rebounds while Belarus star Verameyenka had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Ros Casares had a 56-46 lead with 1:16 to go in the third quarter after a Katie Douglas three-pointer.
Douglas ended up with 24 points for Ros, but it wasn't enough.
Nadezhda reeled off 10 consecutive points to tie the game at 56-56 and when Verameyenka buried a three-pointer with 7:14 remaining, they had a 61-58 lead.
The Russians didn't go in front to stay, however, until Olga Ovcharenko drilled a shot from the arc for a 70-67 advantage.
Verameyenka and Charles each followed with two free-throws and the latter added a tap-in.
When former Ros Casares guard Becky Hammon sank two free-throws with 2:14 to go, Nadezhda were on top 78-67 and well on their way to just their second victory of the season.
They have joined Gorzow on with a 2-4 record while Ros are still in first place at 5-1.
Jordi Fernández, Ciudad Ros Casares Coach:
"We need to watch the game, but the players have had a perfect attitude. We defended as on other occasions, but the fact is we have not done a bad game. Now we need to forget this result, because we have a good situation in the EuroLeague."
Aldexander Ermolinski, Nadezhda Assistant Coach:
"We're happy with the final result, although we could not make many rotations, we have had success in attack and players like Rebekka Hammon or Tina Charles did a good game."
Cindy Lima, Ciudad Ros Casares Player:
"We're sad, but we still believe in us and we still aspired to win the tittle. We had more chances than Nadezhda to win the game, but they have had more luck."
Rebekka Hammon, Nadezhda Orenburg Player:
"Ciudad Ros Casares did a good second half, but we did a great job and has been one of our best games."