Candice Dupree sank two free-throws with two seconds remaining to lift Sparta&K Moscow Region to a 72-70 victory over Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration on Wednesday.
The Russian club won for the fourth game in a row in the EuroLeague Women, and the fifth time in seven Group C outings.
BLMA will not be hanging their heads after the defeat which has left them 4-3.
They played extremely well in the fourth quarter and even took a 70-67 lead when Kristen Mann hit a three-pointer with 51 seconds to play.
Edwige Lawson, who counts Sparta&K as one of the teams she once played for, provided the pass for the bucket and was credited with her sixth assist.
There can be no underestimating the heart and ice-cool demeanor of a champion like Sparta&K's Seimone Augustus, though.
The MVP of the WNBA Finals after leading Minnesota to their first title this year, Augustus came out of a Sparta&K timeout and promptly tied the game with a three-ball of her own.
Dupree then showed why offensive rebounds often mean the difference between winning and losing.
After Lawson missed on a drive for BLMA, Sonja Petrovic launched an attempt from three-point range but missed.
Dupree was there for the rebound and was fouled by Mann.
The forward went to the line and sank both attempts for a two-point advantage.
BLMA called a timeout to draw up their last play.
They got the ball to Mann and she attempted a jump shot from inside the arc but missed as Sparta&K held on in front of their relieved fans in Vidnoje.
Dupree and Augustus finished with 19 points apiece for Sparta&K while Stephany Skrba and Fatimatou Sacko each poured in 12 for BLMA.
Pokey Chatman (Sparta&K coach):
"In order for us to continue winning we have to continue playing defense as good as we played in the second half where we kept one of highest scoring teams in the ELW below 30 points. I have to congratulate my team but I also have to give a special thanks to some of the players for hitting crucial shots."
Nika Baric (Sparta&K):
"It is great to be part of a team effort in which I contribute my share in a valuable win against a very good team. We have to continue working hard, listening to our [coaching] staff and being ready to do what is asked from us. I will continue working hard so that I may help my team as best as I can."
Valery Demory (BLMA):
"I am happy for my team's effort, especially in offense. But the fact that sometimes we 'forgot' to rebound and that Sparta&K is a great team and some of its key players hit some great shots in the last 3 minutes means that we return home with a loss. We will continue our effort to reach the Final 8."
Edwige Lawson - Wade (BLMA):
"Even though on paper we are leaving with a loss I feel like that, in a way, we won today. We played against one of the best teams in Europe. I am proud of my team's effort and this game will help us continue working hard and reaching the Istanbul F8."