|Second EuroLeague Women game this season and a second consecutive double-double for Erika De Souza |
Erika de Souza dominated for Perfumerias Avenida on Wednesday as the Spanish club won at Nadezhda to remain unbeaten in its EuroLeague Women title defense.
The Brazilian center, in her second European game with the Salamanca outfit this season, poured in 20 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds in a 69-64 victory.
The win in Orenburg may be Avenida's most impressive so far because the star-studded Russian team had won two straight in EuroLeague Group B.
Lucas Mondelo, the Avenida coach, didn't want one of Nadezhda's best players, EuroBasket Women 2011 MVP Elena Danilochkina of Russia, to have any space to shoot.
She attempted just three shots from the field and failed to score in 30 minutes of action.
Instead, Nadezhda relied heavily on Rebbekah Brunson and Anastasiya Verameyenka.
Brunson, a former Ros Casares forward, had a game-high 25 points to go with her eight rebounds while Verameyenka finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
Nadezhda had held their nerve late in their previous two games against Sopron and Tarbes and they never let Avenida feel comfortable, even in the final minutes.
The Spaniards went on top at 58-47 with 7:16 to go after an Isa Sanchez three-pointer capped a 7-0 run.
With 3:17 to play, the lead was still 64-53 after a Dewanna Bonner jumper.
Bonner had 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter.
But another ex-Ros Casares player from last season, Katie Douglas, answered with a three-ball and followed with two free-throws.
Brunson then nailed a jumper to close the gap to 64-60 with 1:40 to go.
When Brunson hit another jump shot with 35 seconds to play, Nadezhda only trailed 66-64.
Mondelo called a timeout.
As the game restarted, Nadezhda fouled point guard Laura Antoja and she made the first free-throw but missed the second.
De Souza was there for the rebound, however, and scored on the put-back for the final points of the game.
Five of De Souza's boards came on the offensive glass.
While Avenida won for the fifth time in a row, Nadezhda slumped to 2-2.