|Forward Candice Dupree had 12 points and five rebounds for Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje|
Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje rode a strong start to victory in their EuroLeague Women home game against Gospic Croatia on Wednesday.
In the uncustomary position of having just a single win from their opening three games, Pokey Chatman's team returned home to Russia and rolled to an 86-68 triumph in Group C.
With Seimone Augustus pouring in six points, the hosts led 10-4 less just 3:30 into the contest.
After Jelena Ivezic buried a three-ball to cut the gap to three, Sparta&K scored 10 unanswered points.
Candice Dupree (two), Jelena Milovanovic and Marina Kuzina had baskets in that run and Irina Osipova also added two free-throws.
The advantage was 23-13 by the end of the first quarter and 46-26 by half-time.
Sparta&K, upset by Rivas Ecopolis last week in Madrid, coasted in the second half to a resounding triumph that has left Gospic 1-3 on the young campaign.
Augustus and Dupree each had 12 points to lead a balanced Sparta&K attack.
Sandra Mandir had 20 points in defeat for Gospic.
Gospic Head Coach Stipe Bralic:
"Sparta&K is just too strong for us and the fact that in the first half we were terrible on offense, especially when it came to three-point shooting, did not give us any chance in today's game. Sparta&K is just too good and thanks to their 10 very good players too deep."
Sparta&K Head Coach Pokey Chatman:
"We were able soon the establish our game and while using our transition game as a weapon we were able to stop their transition game as well as their pick and roll offense. This is was a team effort and that is one of the things which make me hopeful for the continuation of the season."
Gospic player Sandra Mandir:
"What can I say, our game is running and three-point shooting. Especially in the first half we were terrible from behind the arc and that, in combination with the fact that Sparta&K is a great deep team, brought the final negative result. I am sure we will do better in the future."
Sparta&K player Ksenia Tikhonenko:
"I am very happy today. It was not only that I played well in a EuroLeague Women game or that we won. It mainly was that thanks to us listening to what our coaches told us, and thanks to our team effort we beat a good and dangerous team."