|Anete Jekabsone topped scoring for UMMC Ekaterinburg with 21 points|
The unmistakable class of Diana Taurasi was in evidence for EuroLeague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg as they rolled over HAT-AGRO Uni Gyor 115-51 in a thumping home victory.
The five-time title winner was the standout player in a decidedly one-sided contest between the Russian powerhouse and a team still searching for their first Group A success.
Taurasi revelled in an MVP display by finishing with a stunning 16 points and 11 assists, achieved from a picture-perfect shooting performance all over the court.
It was a fantastic shooting night for the hosts as a team, with Anete Jekabsone lighting up the Arena from long-range with a devastating five-of-six from downtown, en-route to a team-high 21 points.
There was agony for Gyor in the paint too, as UMMC controlled the glass at both ends of the floor from tip to buzzer.
The Hungarian club competed impressively during the opening period and remained within reasonable touching distance, or at least until UMMC exploded offensively with 51 points across the middle two quarters.
They then showed their defensive steel and absolutely no mercy for their opponents by holding Gyor to a meagre six points during the last ten minutes.
Despite finishing on the losing side, Joslyn Tinkle enhanced her reputation with a creditable 24 points.
"We finished the game with a great lead. Tonight everyone was doing great, made perfect shots, caught rebounds and played as a team. Now we are getting ready to face some strong opponents and I am glad that so far we have had good results."
UMMC Head Coach Olaf Lange
"I am happy with the game on both ends of the floor as well as on the boards. In the last couple of weeks I have seen a lot of improvement. Uni Gyor is not a strong team, yet we developed both offensively and defensively. We have a couple of serious games coming up - one of them will be in Bourges."
Uni Gyor Player Joslyn Tinkle
"The outcome was an impressive. In the first quarter we fought really hard. Coming into the game we knew that they are a great team. The least we could do was to work hard, box out and pay attention to little things. Overall they didn't miss, hardly at all and that was not good for us. We did the best we could."
Uni Gyor Head Coach Tamas Bencze
"UMMC is a very strong team. We hoped to do the best we can. They shot excellent especially from the three-point line. We are proud that we fought back and did everything we were capable of doing against such a strong team."