|Tijana Ajdukovic, who only recently signed for Sparta&K from Pinkk Pecsi (who she is seen here playing for) has wasted no time at familiarising herself with her new team, picking up an impressive 16 points and 10 rebounds|
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje continued to show they are the real deal after stretching their winning sequence to a stunning six games in EuroLeague Women Group C with a scintillating 73-59 success against Galatasaray odeabank.
On top from the outset, Sparta&K followed up their outstanding win at ZVVZ USK Prague by beating another of their rivals for top spot in the standings.
With Turkish star Nevriye Yilmaz having a rare off-night for Galatasaray and the visitors enduring a grim final quarter, the Sparta&K frontcourt took full advantage and led by the excellent Natalia Vieru and Tijana Ajdukovic.
Both enjoyed wonderful shooting nights, with the former grabbing 18 points and three blocks, whilst Ajdukovic added 16 points and 10 boards.
It was Vieru who set the tone, making her first five shots as Sparta&K established a 27-17 first-quarter lead.
Even with Spanish ace Alba Torrens beginning to regain her game-day sharpness after a bout of pneumonia, Galatasaray struggled to keep pace.
Sancho Lyttle brought the visitors to within 32-29 in the second period, but just four points in six minutes leading up to the interval meant Sparta&K remained in the box-seat at 44-33.
Slowly working their way back into the game, Galatasaray then gained a foothold back in the contest when Kelsey Bone and Torrens scored the first four points of the final quarter to reduce the difference to just 56-54.
But they imploded and managed only five further points as a slick Sparta&K outfit revelled in sharing around 24 assists to emphasise a great team performance.
Lyttle had 15 points and eight rebounds in defeat as Galatasaray crashed to back-to back losses on the road.
Galatasaray odeabank Head Coach Ekem Memnum
"In the first half we did not play good defence and at the same time on offence we were not able to establish our style of game. It looked as if we were lacking energy. At the same time I would like to congratulate Sparta&K for a well-played game. We are looking forward to our next game versus Prague."
Galatasaray Player Shavonte Zellous
"This is a tough loss and we have to work hard in our upcoming games especially next week versus Prague. We were not able to play as we usually do and that is something we surely have to improve soon. Congratulations to Sparta&K for playing tough and not allowing us to take over when we reached two points behind them."
Sparta&K Head Coach Alex Vasin
"I am very proud of my players as well as everybody involved. A great scouting job as well as our game plan was set and my players executed exactly as we told them to. Our defence was able to contain the usually fierce offense of Galatasaray and that was the "secret" of today's win. I have to also mention that those who were healthy gave all that they could and I say that because we have had a more than usual share of injuries."
Sparta&K Player Tijana Ajdukovic
"I am excited for many reasons, one of which is that this is my first EuroLeague Women home win. I want to congratulate my teammates and I especially want to thank our coaches who made us understand what we had to do in order to beat a great team such as Galatasaray. Now we must continue working hard."