Tarsus Regret Poor Start in Vidnoje


4. Candice Dupree (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje)
Sparta&K's Candice Dupree added eight rebounds to her game-high 26 points

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje jumped out onto EuroLeague Women debutantes Tarsus with a scorching first half display to lay the foundation for an 88-81 opening night win in Group A.

The Turkish visitors left their defence in the locker room during the opening twenty minutes and Sparta&K duly punished them with a devastating opening half performance which gave the newcomers a mountain to climb.

The hosts raced into a commanding 23-8 advantage to capitalise on the slow start and worse was to follow for Tarsus when midway through the second quarter, Evegeniya Belyakova converted a trademark triple to stretch the gap to 45-24.

The interval did at least offer some respite for Tarsus, although 53-32 behind, they looked resigned to a nightmare opening evening.

But to their immense credit, they recovered with a much improved second-half renaissance and led by Danielle Robinson who ended up with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, they added some respectability to the final score-line.

Whilst they managed to cut the deficit to single digits, Tarsus never seriously threatened the superiority of the home team who were probably guilty of taking their foot off the gas.

Candice Dupree certainly enjoyed her night for Sparta&K with a game high 26 points whilst fellow forward Sonja Petrovic claimed a double-double after scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.



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