|Asjha Jones propelled Rivas Ecopolis to victory over group leaders Wisla with her all-round game |
Rivas Ecopolis claimed a 71-66 victory over Wisla Can-Pack Krakow on Wednesday night to knock the Polish club out of first place in Group C of the EuroLeague Women.
Essence Carson had 19 points for the winners, with Asjha Jones adding 18 and pulling down eight boards and Anna Cruz scoring 14 points.
Laura Nicholls also impressed against Wisla with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as Rivas won their third straight in the competition.
The contest was tight from start to finish.
Wisla's Anke De Mondt made a lay-up to pull her side to within 57-56 with only 26 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Cruz started the scoring in the fourth quarter with a pair of free-throws and Carson followed with a jumper before recent signing Gema Garcia, who was making her EuroLeague Women bow, scored her first two points with a drive.
Wisla closed the gap to just three points on a basket by Nicole Powell, but Jones and then Carson made jump shots for Rivas to keep them in front.
The visitors got to within five points on three occasions in the last five minutes but no closer.
Powell had 19 points and nine rebounds in defeat as Wisla slumped to 9-4.
Sparta&K Moscow Region, who won earlier in the day against Cras Basket Taranto, are 10-3.