|Candice Dupree of Sparta&K Moscow Region led all scorers with 14 points and also grabbed six rebounds|
Sparta&K Moscow Region dominated at home in a 77-53 romp over CB Taranto on Wednesday.
In a battle with Wisla Can-Pack Krakow for first place in Group C, Sparta&K moved back into pole position after the victory.
They improved to 10-3 with the triumph.
Should Wisla win at Rivas Ecopolis later in the day, and then prevail next week at home against Gospic Croatia, Jose Ignacio Hernandez's side will be assured of top spot since they swept their two games against Sparta&K.
Taranto saw their hopes of progressing to the next stage evaporate with their eighth defeat of the campaign.
The Italians knew it would be difficult in Vidnoje because in the first meeting between the sides, Pokey Chatman's team travelled to Taranto and rolled to a 90-70 victory.
Roberto Ricchini's team put up a good fight for the first quarter, leading 18-16 at the end of the frame.
But Sparta&K then hit them with an 11-0 run at the start of the second quarter and went on to lead 40-24 late in the first half.
The hosts' start to the third quarter put the result beyond doubt.
Baskets by Irina Osipova, Candice Dupree (a three-point play), Becky Hammon and Dupree again stretched the advantage to 49-26.
Dupree's 14 points and Osipova's 13 led Sparta&K, who gave the reigning FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Nika Baric 20:29 of time on the court.
The Slovenian point guard had five assists to go with her three points.
Sonja Petrovic, a former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year, had nine points and six boards for Sparta&K.
Taranto, who upset Wisla in their game last week, endured an almighty struggle shooting the ball, making just 17 of 58 (29.3%) of their attempts from the floor.
CB Taranto Head Coach Roberto Ricchini
"When we were traveling here, we knew we would have a very difficult task. The last minute loss, due to illness, of our starting point guard, combined with the fact that some of our other players are also feeling ill really reduced our chances. We fought one quarter but Sparta&K is too strong, especially at home."
Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"I am very happy with our game especially since our so called ‘reserve' players came and did a great job. It is great that even though our usual top scorers combined for less than 10 points, we beat a good team, which just came off a great victory over Krakow. Now we have to continue working hard."
CB Taranto player Megan Mahoney
"Sparta&K is a very tough team and we played with some energy in the first quarter but after that we just went flat. You have to give credit to Sparta&K for shooting well but we should had tried harder especially since this was our last chance to reach the next round."
Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje player Evgeniya Belyakova
"In the second we got into our game and we followed the coach's instructions to all details. But we cannot really celebrate knowing that Milo got injured and we will miss her some days. But that is the life of a sports person. I hope all will be OK."