|Alba Torrens sparked Galatasaray going up against her old team from Salamanca|
Galatasaray odeabank got off to a winning start in EuroLeague Women Group C as they cruised past Perfumerias Avenida 81-56 in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The hosts closed the opening period on a 14-0 run, sparked by some dominant play down low from Nevriye Yilmaz, and were never in danger of losing after that.
Yilmaz made light work of the Spanish side's frontcourt, scoring almost at will for 23 points while also corralling 10 rebounds.
Galatasary really made their superior strength show in the third quarter when they outscored their opponents 25 points to eight. Alba Torrens converted an alley-oop pass from Isil Alben midway through this period for two of her 15 points against her former club - to emphasise the gap between the teams.
Turkish international point guard Alben perhaps demonstrated Galatasaray's dominance most accurately with her 10 assists.
The lead was up to 37 before the final stanza with Leonor Rodriguez the only visiting player to score in double figures (10) as Kelsey Bone received one of the tamer EuroLeague Women baptism's, scoring eight points in 18 minutes of play for Gala.
Galatasaray head coach Ekrem Memnun
"Our defense was great. Actually Avenida is a very strong team. They haven't been defeated in their own league yet and they are the champions of previous years. They have athletic players. My own players were focused. I congratulate them for their fight. I was expecting this to be a difficult match. But it turned out to be easy. Even though the score seems very easy my players fought for every ball. This is what we want to create for Galatasaray. We are a new team. We are going to be better as time goes by."
Galatasaray small forward Alba Torrens
"We were very focused from the beginning. We played a great game especially in the first half. Even though the score seems very easy, it was a difficult match. It was important for us to start the game as we wanted. We managed and we want to keep improving."
Salamanca head coach Victor Lapena
"I congratulate Galatasaray, they played a strong game from the beginning. We couldn't find our rhytm. We will work on our mistakes."
Salamanca guard Marta Xargay
"We couldn't play as we wanted, so we coudn't keep up Galatasaray's game. In the last period we tried to come back even though we played better, it wasn't enough. I want to congratulate Galatasaray."