Rivas Ecopolis made home advantage pay as they stunned Famila Schio by romping to a 75-47 win to force a play-off series Game 3 to determine who will advance to EuroLeague Women Final Eight.
|Oleksandra Kurasova played an important part in Rivas' home win over Schio|
The Spanish side, who reached last years' Final of the competition, produced an unforgettable ten minutes of basketball during the second period which blew Schio completely out of the water.
Having moved 16-14 ahead after the first quarter, Rivas exploded spectacularly to outscore their opponents 25-4 and assume control of the game in quite brutal fashion.
Schio may have opened and finished the scoring during the second quarter, but what passed between these two baskets was far from palatable and ultimately, where the game was lost for Maurizio Lasi and his team.
The visitors became turnover prone and to their cost, that trend continued as they spilled the ball 26 times during the forty minutes.
Whilst Schio steadied the ship with a much improved display immediately after the break, Rivas resumed normal service at the start of the last quarter with a 15-5 run, a score by Slovenian Maja Erkic against her former club putting the hosts 66-42 in front.
It was a real team effort by Rivas, with Oleksandra Kurasova, Queralt Casas, Aneika Henry and Anna Cruz all reaching double-digits.
Jantel Lavender had 15 points and nine rebounds for Schio.