|Plenette Pierson registered 21 points and nine rebounds for Good Angels Kosice|
Good Angels Kosice continued their bid to finish top of EuroLeague Women Group B after coming away from fellow challengers Famila Schio with a 78-67 success thanks mainly to a terrific shooting performance.
The Slovakian club condemned Schio to a worrying third loss in just four games, as the hosts' aim to finish top of the heap evaporated - although they did at least welcome back Laura Macchi from a long-term absence.
It was a brilliant team performance by Kosice who shrugged off a slow start and another phenomenal performance by Jantel Lavander who registered 25 points and 10 rebounds for Schio.
After trailing 20-13 by the end of the first quarter, Kosice finally caught fire during the second period, outscoring Schio 26-17 to set up a fascinating second half.
The third quarter did little to separate the teams, but Kosice did a great job in the clutch to ease their way to success, finishing the contest with 12 of the last 14 points.
Some sharp shooting from behind the three-point line was essential and they were also happy to make Schio earn their points, sending them to the free-throw line a whopping 29 times.
Plenette Pierson led the way for the winning team with 21 points and nine rebounds, Petra Kulichova weighed in with an efficient 12-point cameo, whilst Icelandic shooter Helena Sverrisdottir converted three triples on her way to 11 points.
Famila Schio head coach Maurizio Lasi:
"We played very well in the first quarter but when we started to change our starting five players we had some trouble. We're still working to have all of our player in the best condition: [Laura] Macchi and [Giorgia] Sottana have just come back after a long break and [Jenifer] Nadalin hasn't practiced in the last week. We just need some time to be at 100 percent."
Famila Schio player Danielle McCray:
"We lost too many balls and had a bad shooting percentage. Kosice played very well their pick'n'roll game; we tried to defend but didn't as we wanted to. Now we look forward: we wait for what is going to be next week and then we go to Istanbul."
Kosice head coach Maros Kovacik:
"If a team comes here to Schio and wins against a team like Famila, it means that this team plays very well. I want to congratulate my players: great game, good shoots, very good defense."
Kosice player Plenette Pierson:
"Schio came out strong in the first quarter but we stayed calm and in the second quarter we had a great reaction. In the second half Schio tried to push but we were so focused to get our target and we got this important win."