|Could not miss on Wednesday night: Shavonte Zellous|
Shavonte Zellous amassed a EuroLeague Women career high score of 32 points as Galatasaray odeabank made light work of taking a 92-67 win at WBC Novi Zagreb.
The guard, who top scored in the Turkish League last year at Mersin, showcased her offensive prowess with a quite remarkable shooting performance and one of the best witnessed in the competition during recent years.
She made 12 of 14 from the floor and was amply supported by Spanish star Alba Torrens, who sunk four triples in 22 point haul as the duo ripped their opponents to shreds.
There had been little sign of what was to follow as the Croatian hosts moved 26-22 ahead early in the second quarter.
But from that point onwards, it was a near one-way street as the visitors showed their class by taking a five point lead at the break.
They turned up their game to another level when they returned and Novi Zagreb simply couldn't cope as a 16-6 run killed-off any prospects of a revival for the home team who struggled to compete on the glass.
Isil Alben had a night to forget shooting-wise, but handed out nine assists for Galatasaray, with Milica Dabovic top-scoring in defeat with 13 points.
Galatasaray head coach Ekrem Memnum
"I was afraid of this game because Novi Zagreb is not the same team like last year. In Prague they played very well. In the first half we made a lot of mistakes. But, in the second half we started very good. It looks like an easy game, but it wasn't. I'm very happy with this win."
Novi Zagreb head coach Vladimir Ivanković
"We played relatively good offence in the first half. But, we had a problem with guarding Zellous and Torrens. In the second half we tried to be more aggressive, but we made so many mistakes. At the end they found a third player, Yilmas and all our efforts became hopeless."
Novi Zagreb player Iva Ciglar
"It was a good first half for us. In the second half they suprised as with zone defence which we didn't prepare for. We know how good their players are. We made a lot of mistakes and they punished us every time."