|Natalia Vieru had a double-double in Sparta&K's home play-off opener|
The home team cut loose from the very first second and were dominant for the entire game, with their scintillating display firmly underlining their intent to clinch yet another place at the Final Eight.
The carnage was created primarily by Russian national team center, Natalia Vieru who finished with a sparkling 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst the in-form Sonja Petrovic contributed a majestic 27 points, eight boards and four assists.
Sparta&K scored the first six points of the evening and it was a sign of things to follow.
It was Vieru who excelled in the first quarter, with a flurry of baskets taking Sparta&K even further into the ascendency as they completed a 24-11 opening quarter.
And, there was a sense of déjà vu by half-time, after Sparta&K play-caller Alexander Vasin had watched on with contentment as his players once again outscored Sopron 24-11.
Having briefly found sanctuary from the storm in the locker rooms at the break, it was to get much worse for the visitors when they re-emerged.
Sparta&K continued the rampage and even took things up a notch, with Petrovic proving unstoppable as she propelled her team to an eye-popping 72-27 advantage heading into the final ten minutes.
Sopron managed to finally stem the bleeding and even won the last quarter, but it didn't mask what was a brutal dismantling by their hosts.
Iva Ciglar finished with 15 points for the losing team.
Igor Polenek, Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron coach:
"We played very bad and without doubt we were not mentally up to the challenge today. I would like to congratulate Sparta&K who played very well and which fully took advantage of our bad day. Now we are down 0-1 and we have an uphill battle. We have to work on some aspects of our game so that we may play them on an equal basis."
Sara Krnjic, Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron:
"We really expected to play much better than how we did today and that is disappointing. While our defense was not terrible it was not enough to stop them. We missed a lot of shots which we usually make. We definitely have to do something different Friday to be a better opponent and able to fight for a win at home."
Alex Vasin, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje coach:
"What was important in this game was to not underestimate our opponent. We had to respect them especially since in many aspects they are similar with us. My players worked hard these days and in this game did exactly what we asked them to do. We expect that Friday Sopron will be a much tougher opponent and that they will try harder for a better result. It is now up to my players to once more prove that they deserve to be part of the EuroLeague Final 8 in Ekaterinburg."
Natalia Vieru, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje:
„Our coach and his staff did a really great job in showing us exactly what we had to do in order to beat Sopron. In the meantime we made sure not to underestimate our opponents and we played hard. I am very proud of our team and while I know that on Friday Sopron will play tougher at home I believe that if we play as we played today we will start packing for the Final 8."