|Back in action for Galatasaray and immediately good for 14 points and 9 rebounds: Sancho Lyttle|
Kibirkstis-VICI Vilnius suffered a fourth straight defeat in EuroLeague Women Group C after being routed on their home floor 90-39 by a rampant Galatasaray odeabank.
The hosts were outclassed in every department by their illustrious visitors, whose strength in depth was further enhanced by the belated return from injury of EuroBasket Women MVP, Sancho Lyttle.
Galatasaray hit top gear early and stormed their way into a 25-11 first quarter lead, with the one-way traffic continuing up until half-time.
The visitors then went into overdrive when they returned for the second-half, obliterating Kibirkstis at both ends of the court.
They restricted the Lithuanians to a meagre four points during the third period, whilst pouring in 24 at the other end to completely dominate.
A similar pattern followed during the final ten minutes, with Galatasaray showing no mercy and piling on the agony to both secure a fifth win in six games and consolidate second spot in the Group.
Alba Torrens and Shavonte Zellous each scored 17 points and shot over 70% from the field, whilst Nevriye Yilmaz added seven assists to her 16 points.
Lyttle meanwhile was just one rebound short of racking up a double-double on her return to action.
Rima Valentiene was the only Kibirkstis player to make it to double-digits with 10 points.
Galatasaray head coach Ekrem Memnun
"I want to congratulate my players. We prepared really well for this match and played really good. We made some silly mistakes on defence, but overall our defence was good. We played smart on offence too. On the other hand, the big difference today does not reflect the real difference between the teams. We know that Kibirkstis-VICI play an organised game and the two victories they achieved were great."
Galatasaray wing Alba Torrens
"Today we played very well and showed great defence. We started the match concentrated and got a lead. It was one of the days when everything goes right."
Kibirkstis-VICI forward Lina Pikciute
"I don't really have the words to describe that kind of loss. It was really hard today. Galatasaray played good defense. We didn't perform on offence and didn't make our shots. I cannot really explain that. It was the worst game for us this season."
Kibirkstis-VICI head coach Jurgita Streimikyte - Virbickiene
"I can take 30 points of "Galatasaray" as my fault. In the last two weeks I did not push the players too hard in training. In the first period our players showed only fear. They were afraid of their opponents. They showed aggressiveness and it seems that we are afraid of it. There were players on our team that did not fit in the game at all today. Maybe they started to celebrate Christmas too early. Galatasaray played pick and roll the whole match and we didn't manage to cope with it."