|Anke De Mondt was red hot from three-point range, making four of seven triples|
There was a palpable sense of both joy and relief in Krakow as Wisla Can-Pack got off the mark in EuroLeague Women in fine style by inflicting a first loss of the season on Group A leaders Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje with a convincing 76-64 win.
Head coach Jose Fernandez led an understandable outpouring of emotion on the final buzzer after his team put together a wonderfully stirring display to avoid an unthinkable 0-4 start to the campaign.
Whilst Tina Charles will take the headlines for another fine double-double after landing 26 points and 13 rebounds, this was an excellent team performance - full of energy and real verve.
Crucially, Anke De Mondt found the hot hand from three-point range to sink four triples on her way to 18 points, but it was Spanish playmaker Cristina Ouvina who epitomised this performance with an excellent all-round display at both ends of the floor.
The defence of the hosts was also fundamental since they did a great job in locking down the likes of Candice Dupree who had been on fire for the previously unbeaten visitors.
Sparta&K enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, but once the home side got the scoreboard ticking over, the confidence and belief flooded through the entire Wisla team as a 17-5 run either side of the first and second quarter break lit the fire that continued to burn brightly.
Once in front, Wisla managed to keep Sparta&K at arm's length in impressive fashion, and the icing on the cake came during the closing seconds when debutante Alana Beard sunka three-pointer to round off a wonderful night.
"We came for the tough fight and it was very good and high-level game. Two Teams from the top eight in Europe, that says everything. We made too many turnovers. Wisla played an excellent - congratulations to the Krakow team."
Sparta&K player Seimone Augustus:
"We played hard after a tough game on Sunday. The game was good and the home team deserved to win."
Wisla head coach Jose Hernandez:
"First of all I am very happy - we deserved that. We played smarter in offence and were controlling the score. It is very important for us after three lost games before. We are coming back! Finally we played with the complete roster. Thanks to my team."
Wisla player Dora Horti:
"I am so happy. Finally we played good, as well in defence as in offence. The atmosphere was unbelievable - the fans were fantastic."