It was a long time coming but VICI Aistes at last won a game in this season's EuroLeague Women and did so in convincing fashion against Uni Seat Györ.
Playing at home in Kaunas after losing four straight to start their Group A campaign, the Lithuanian outfit scored 18 of the first 22 points in the contest and rolled to a 71-51 victory.
Aija Putnina poured in eight of her career-high 10 points in the first 6:16 of the game as Mantas Sernius' team took a 10-2 lead.
With 6:06 to go in the second quarter, the Latvia international Putnina capped an 8-0 run for a 28-10 lead and there was no way back for the visitors from Hungary.
Akos Fuzy's team trailed 38-17 with 21 seconds to go in the half and found themselves down 50-20 with 6:36 to go in the third quarter.
VICI Aistes cruised the rest of the way.
Vita Kuktiene finished as their leading scorer with 12 points.
While VICI Aistes connected on nine of 25 shots from long range, Györ were just one of 10.
Uni Seat Győr Head Coach Ákos Füzi
"In the beginning both teams were nervous. We made mistakes in pick and roll defence. We didn't find our rhythm and had some bad decisions on offence and we lost our confidence. We tried to find solutions but the opponents found their own answers, made fast breaks. We didn't shoot well."
VICI-Aistes Kaunas Head Coach Mantas Sernius
"I want to thank our fans. This victory was for them. After we lost four games they made pressure on us not the opponent team. We played to win, we knew we need to do everything we can. That gave us confidence and despite a nervous start we made the correct decisions during the game and we won."
Uni Seat Győr player Nora Nagy
"We are disappointed because we wanted to win here. We made mistakes on defence, turnovers in offence. Kaunas played really good so they won."
VICI-Aistes Kaunas player Sandra Linkeviciene
"I'm glad we have the first victory. It was hard to concentrate after we lost four games in a row. We analysed the opponents very well, played good defence and made shots from behind the arc with good percentage."