|Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way for Polkowice with 20 points and eight rebounds|
CCC Polkowice continued their blistering recent form with a fifth win in six games as they took a significant step towards the Final Eight via a thrilling 74-71 EuroLeague Women play-off success at Nadezhda.
The disappointed home side had an opportunity to force overtime, but Liudmila Sapova was unable to make the three-point shot as Magdalena Skorek gleefully took the all-important defensive rebound to make the game safe for the visitors.
After an entertaining and high tempo first quarter which Polkowice edged 24-22, the Polish side took control in the second period via some sensational shooting from Belinda Snell.
The Australian small forward could barely miss during a real purple patch and it was her three-pointer which gave the visitors a commanding 45-32 advantage.
However, just when the game looked to be sliding rapidly away from Nadezhda, they came roaring back from 54-41 behind in the third quarter, with a wonderful 15-2 burst to level matters with a free throw from Dewanna Bonner.
It threw the result firmly back into the balance and when CCC Polkowice got their noses back in front in crunch time, five points from Natalia Zhedik kept Nadezhda in contention and just one point behind at 70-69.
But successive scores for Polkowice by Skorek and Nnemkadi Ogwumike during the last ninety seconds, proved just enough to take a precious victory - although the win was soured slightly by a worrying injury to Agnieszka Majewska.
Ogwumike had 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the winning team, whilst Laia Palau was also hugely instrumental in the backcourt, recording an all-action line of 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Bonner had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds for Nadezhda.
CCC Polkowice head coach Jacek Winnicki:
"I'm happy to have won. It's always hard to play here in Orenburg. It was really important to win this match and I'm really happy to have succeeded in that. The match in Poland will be really tough, but we'll do our best to win."
CCC Polkowice player Laia Palau:
"We are very glad to have won this game. The games in Russia are always very tough. We led in the first part of the game. And although Nadezhda got closer in the second half, we collected all our strength to win today."
Nadezhda head coach Algirdas Paulauskas:
"I should say, unfortunately we messed up the first part of the match. Only in the second half we could find our game. But today there was no team on the court. It's impossible to win a match without being one team. We will make a conclusion after this match and try to win in the away match. Anyway, it won't be easy to do it."
Nadezhda player Dewanna Bonner:
"It's very difficult to win when every player of the other team gets many points. We wanted to and we got our game in the second half, but we didn't succeed in the end of the game. We will do our best in the next match to have a chance to play the final game at home."