|Wisla Can-Pack point guard Erin Phillips led all scorers with 25 points|
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow pulled away from Sparta&K Moscow Region in the second half and won 81-60 on Wednesday night to take over sole possession of first place in EuroLeague Women Group C.
Jose Ignacio Hernandez's team led from start to finish and improved to 7-2 while dropping Sparta&K to 6-3.
Australian guard Erin Phillips finished with 25 points and Nicole Powell added 23 for Wisla, who restricted Sparta&K to 36.8% (21 of 57) shooting from the floor.
Wisla also forced Sparta&K to turn the ball over 17 times.
Powell had a game-high four steals.
She poured in 10 points in the opening frame as Wisla opened up a 23-16 lead.
Sparta&K threatened to reel Wisla back in at the beginning of the third quarter when twice reducing the arrears to four after jump shots by Becky Hammon and Candice Dupree.
But Wisla, being roared on by their home fans in Krakow, went back in front by 14 with 1:07 to go in the frame after Milka Bjelica split a pair of free-throws.
That made it 57-43.
After getting as close as nine points early in the fourth quarter, Sparta&K were blown out the rest of the way with Wisla holding the Russian giants to just 12 points in the period.
Hammon and Dupree each scored 14 points in defeat.
Irina Osipova had 10 points and nine rebounds for Sparta&K.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"Congratulations to the Krakow Team. They showed today the top level of the EuroLeague Women. Wisla Can-Pack played an excelent game as a team and very good defense.We saw DVDs of Wisla's last games and we knew that the team was growing up. My team was not able to force them. There is a lot of work for my players to improve our level. Congrats also for the great atmosphere created by the fans."
Wisla Can-Pack Head Coach Jose Hernandez
"I am very happy. Congratulations to all my team - we are collective and it gives the result. I am finaly able to work with all my players after their coming back after injuries. The defense was excellent, Augustus was stopped at 8 points. In the second half we used more our post players and we scored 81 points versus Sparta&K. 21 points up it is something fantastic. Once again our fans helped us so much, many thanks to them, they are our sixth player on the floor."
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje player Jelena Milovanovic
"Congratulations to Wisla. They played an excellent game. We need to work hard to be better."
Wisla Can-Pack player Ewelina Kobryn
"I am very happy. We were the team fighting toogether to win. Many thanks to our fans- they were fantastic and the result is fantastic."