|Gunta Basko-Melnbarde and Lattes Montpellier remain unbeaten after a superb win over Rivas|
Lattes Montpellier are yet to taste defeat after squeezing out a 58-53 EuroLeague Women Group B victory against the previously unbeaten Rivas Ecopolis.
In an intriguing game, the French team scored eight of the last nine points to wrestle back the initiative in crunch time just as it looked like they may have thrown the win away.
When Ingrid Tanqueray converted from the perimeter to hand BLMA a 44-35 lead heading into the last quarter, it looked like a long way back for Rivas, who had initially held a double-digit lead in the first-half.
But, the visitors came alive and threatened to tear up the script for home fans.
Despite being without the injured Frida Eldebrink again, they racked up a spellbinding 17-4 run to move 52-50 ahead and were on the verge of going a superb 4-0 for the season.
However, Fatimatou Sacko and Gaelle Skrela intervened and combined for six points in a row for BLMA during the last two minutes, which shifted the momentum irreversibly as Rivas dried up.
Shameka Christon top scored with 15 points and ultimately iced the game from the free-throw line for BLMA with a handful of seconds left on the game-clock.
Rachel Allison was one rebound short of a double-double for Rivas having scored 13 points.
Rivas head coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez
"We knew that BLMA play a quick game and are good on defence. We have a young team, and the absence of Frida Eldebrink, our best offence player, was a big handicap. The Spanish championship is hard, and playing every three days is demanding. We made some bad decisions at the end of the game- we could have won here, but..."
Rivas player Rachel Allison
"It was a good match, athletic and fast, with both teams playing good defence- the score was close right until the end."
BLMA head coach Valery Demory
"We have some young players who have not played in this competition before, so we are lacking experience and maturity in certain situations and decisions, but we are learning fast. We haven't fixed an objective in this competition other than to qualify from the group stage, but playing this type of match brings us a lot of experience."
BLMA player Gaelle Skrela
"We managed to win a tight match by fighting to the finish. We wanted to win regardless of the score. We played a good game on defence."