Sparta&K Roll To Second Victory


25. Rebekka Hammon (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje)
Rebekka Hammon contributed 15 points for Sparta&KM.R. Vidnoje

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje served notice for the second week in a row that they will again be a force in the EuroLeague Women by beating Bourges.

Four-time winners of the competition, Sparta&K won the Group A game, 84-62.

Pokey Chatman's team went in front by 16 in the first half with Candice Dupree's 16 points leading all scorers.

Dupree, the Week 1 MVP after her 26-point explosion in a victory over Tarsus Belediye Spor, finished with 22 points and seven rebounds against Bourges.

The visitors trailed 46-30 at half-time but clawed their way back into the contest early in the third quarter.

An 8-0 run that began with a tip-in by center Emmeline Ndongue cut the Sparta&K advantage to 53-47.

The French giants had Sparta&K under pressure but the Russians didn't give in.

They went to the last quarter on top 61-53 and took firm control of the clash when a familiar face to the Bourges team began to assert herself.

Isabelle Yacoubou, one of the national team centers of France, powered her way up for lay-ups for Sparta&K's first two baskets of the frame.

They outscored Bourges 23-9 in the quarter for a resounding 22-point triumph.

Yacoubou, who played on the EuroLeague Women title-winning side of Ros Casares last season, finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Bourges slumped to 1-1 in Group A with the defeat.

They were out-rebounded, 42-28.



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