|Anna Cruz had a big game for Rivas Ecopolis, finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds|
Rivas Ecopolis avoided a third straight defeat in EuroLeague Women Group A after securing a precious 74-62 victory at Tarsus Belediye to get their bid to make the post-season firmly back on track.
With the game locked early in the second quarter, a decisive run by the visitors up until the half-time interval broke the game open and the Turkish hosts couldn't recover.
When Amaya Valdemoro scored for Tarsus to level the scores at 20-20, there was little to suggest her former club would soon streak away and take a valuable double-digit lead at 37-27 into the locker room.
But, they stepped on the accelerator and once they did get their noses in front, they rarely looked like relinquishing control - and especially the way they were controlling the glass.
It was only when Delisha Milton-Jones fired a rare three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to make it 65-59, that the home side briefly looked like they may be capable of instigating a turnaround.
But, their hopes faded quickly as Rivas finished the second half as they did the first, with a powerful run, this time scoring nine points in a row to settle any nerves and dismiss the possibility of a third consecutive loss.
It was a mixed night for Valdemoro who top scored with 21 points but had to stomach seven turnovers and taste defeat, whilst several Rivas players shone brightly.
Queralt Casas showed her qualities with a terrific seven steals, Aneika Henry harvested a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds and Anna Cruz poured in 22 points.
Rivas heead coach Miguel Martinez Mendez:
"We played a complete game on both sides of the court. We controlled the rhythm of the game. We knew it was an important game for us and I am happy for the result."
Rivas player Anna Cruz:
"We knew that was a team full of experienced players. We played hard and physical. We knew we had to play faster and quick as we wanted, and we did it well and it helped us to win."
Tarsus head coach Erdal Yegin:
"We knew this game was so important for us to contiue in the EuroLeague Women. But we could not keep our good playing like we did against Sparta&k M. R. Vidnoje. We need to execute on both ends to win the game. We have to focus for the next games now. Congratulations to Rivas."
Tarsus player Deniz Colakoglu:
"We really wanted to win this game and take revenge for the loss in the first game. They played better than us and we could not fight back on our home court. We are really upset but this game is over and we should learn our lesson from this game and look ahead."