|Melisa Can and Delisha Milton-Jones were instrumental in a shock win for Tarsus, each picking up 24 points|
A pair of stunning 24-point displays from Delisha Milton-Jones and Melisa Can helped Tarsus Belediye to only their second win of the campaign in EuroLeague Women Group A as they powered their way to an 80-71 success against short-handed Uni Gyor.
With a trio of frontcourt players having all departed the Hungarian club recently, it was unsurprising that experienced Tarsus forward duo relished going up against the visitors, as they each claimed double-doubles.
Milton-Jones pulled down 11 rebounds and Can grabbed 12 boards and also shot a sensational 73.3% from the floor to propel Tarsus to a rare victory.
Without Ieva Kublina, Chalysa Shegog and Nora Nagy-Budjoso, Gyor struggled and fell to a sixth loss of the season, whilst in stark contrast, the hosts made light work of scoring inside and were always in the ascendancy from the second period onwards.
Gyor had taken a somewhat surprise early lead at 20-15, but then went into meltdown as Tarsus completed a brilliant 20-2 burst of scoring either side of the first and second quarter break.
Once in control, Tarsus managed to keep Gyor at arms' length until the last period when led by playmaker Natalie Hurst who claimed a superb 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals, Gyor wagged their tail a little.
Down 70-48 at the end of the third, they outscored Tarsus 15-2, but the wobble by the home side wasn't fatal as they shrugged off their drought to recover and take the win.
Although unfortunately for Erdal Yegin and his players, their chances of making the post-season had already evaporated.
Unı Györ head coach Akos Fuzy
"We played badly on defence. We got very easy points on transitions, and second chance points. In the second half we fought and that was so important for our situation."
Uni Györ player Natalie Hurst
"Our defence in the first half was not aggressive enough and as we were undersized in the bigs we did not get enough help inside.We fought hard but at the end we ran out of energy. Congratulations to Tarsus for a tough game andthe win."
Tarsus head coach Erdal Yegin
"It was a good game for us. I just want to congratulate my players for their effort and also the Uni Györ team. Even though they were missing three important players, they fought good against us. Right now we have no chance to continue in EuroLeague, but still we have two more games and we will use these games as an advantage for the Turkish League."
Tarsus player Delisha Milton
"We played so good and organized today. From the beginning of the game we controled the tempo of the game and with the support of every player from our team we won the game. We have gotten a lot of experience from this year and I hope this will help us to continue in Turkey. Congratulations to Uni Györ and their effort and I wish the best for them this year."