|Deanna Nolan - here up against former team-mate Celine Dumerc - and Sandrine Gruda had 16 points apiece for UMMC Ekaterinburg |
UMMC Ekaterinburg brushed aside a weakened Bourges Basket in the first EuroLeague Women game of the day in Russia.
One of the powerhouses in the competition, Algirdas Paulauskas' team rolled to a 68-50 victory.
The French giants had only eight players available on Wednesday, though.
Guard Kiesha Brown did not have the visa she needed to travel to Russia, while her fellow American Cathy Joens, as well as France international Emmeline Ndongue and Romane Bernies are still recovering from their injuries.
It was evident in the first quarter that Bourges were facing an uphill battle because they fell behind 9-2 following a pair of Anete Jekabsone free-throws, and were then down 19-6 after Olga Arteshina sank two more from the charity stripe.
Bourges managed to claw the deficit back to 19-13 by the end of the first quarter, with Endene Miyem capping a 7-0 run with two free-throws.
But France national team center Sandrine Gruda sparked a 10-2 UMMC run to put them back in command.
They had a 38-23 lead at half-time and stretched that to 55-32 with 10 minutes remaining.
UMMC coasted the rest of the way.
Gruda and Deanna Nolan each poured in 16 points for the hosts, with Cappie Pondexter adding 11.
Celine Dumerc, who spent the past two seasons at UMMC before returning to Bourges, had nine points but turned the ball over seven times.
Stella Kaltsidou led the visitors with 17 points.