|Candice Dupree led the visitors with a 27-point, 10-rebound double-double|
Tarsus Belediye looked to be on course for a famous win against four-time champions Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje, but they couldn't hold on as the visitors dug out a hard-fought 83-79 success in EuroLeague Women Group A.
Having lost by a single point on the road at Wisla Can-Pack last time out, this was another heart-breaker for the Turkish hosts who will feel moving to a 1-6 record is rough justice.
Having trailed 44-32 at one stage after a three-pointer by Marina Kuzina, Tarsus did the hard work by getting themselves back into the game and a great position thanks to a 16-6 run in the third quarter.
When Delisha Milton-Jones scored a basket with six minutes left on the game clock, it put Tarsus 73-65 ahead, and seemingly in control.
But, their lead quickly evaporated as Sparta&K rattled off 11 unanswered points to change the course of the contest.
Even though Tarsus did briefly get a share of the lead back during the last two minutes, Sparta&K showed the greater composure down the stretch to grind out another tight win, following on from their narrow success last week at home against Rivas Ecopolis.
Candice Dupree had a sensational game for Sparta&K with 27 points and 10 rebounds, whilst frontcourt partner Isabelle Yacoubou also grabbed a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
Danielle Robinson had an equally impressive 26 points, six assists and five rebounds for a disappointed Tarsus.
Tarsus Head Coach Erdal Yegin
"We played well the whole game but we could not finish hard. Congratulations to Sparta&K. It was a good experience for us. We just look ahead to the next games."
Sparta&K M.R. Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"We knew this would be a tough game. Despite its record, Tarsus is a good team. I am glad we were able to pull out a win by dialing up a decent defensive effort."
Tarsus player Dila Askin
"That was a really hard game for us but we prepared well and we were ready for the game. Congrats to Sparta&K for the win. We will keep looking ahead for Turkish and Europe games.
Sparta&K M.R. player Elisa Aguilar
"It's always great to win away, especially when it is against a tough team like Tarsus. We are happy that we played well when we needed to play and I had to admit that this was a product of team work."