|Courtney Vandersloot had a solid all-around game for the home team|
Miguel Mendez and his team will head back to Turkey next week for the decider as they bid to extend their proud recent record of reaching the climax of the season.
Staring down the barrel of their campaign potentially being brought to an end with a fourth straight defeat, Schio reacted to the situation and pressure by coming up with an eye-catching shooting performance.
Although in truth, it still took a big finish to the game to eventually shrug off their pesky opponents who had kept pace for more than three quarters.
Both clubs battled in vain to make a decisive break from each other and with eight minutes left to play, it was still a one-shot game, in the favour of Schio at 52-49.
It was a 10-0 run during crunch time which broke Kayseri resistance, as Erlana Larkins put up consecutive baskets, Laura Macchi sunk four of four from the line and Katalin Honti made a sweet jump-shot to cement the result.
Veteran Macchi finished with 16 points, Elodie Godin did the dirty work with ten boards and Courtney Vandersloot racked up an all-action 13 points, five assists and four rebounds for the winners.
Lara Sanders excelled in the first game for Kayseri and once again impressed, falling one board short of a double-double after sinking 18 points.
Miguel Mendez, Beretta Famila Schio coach:
"We played a great game; we know that Kayseri would try to push from the beginning of the game but we kept trying hard, giving it all in front of our fans. In Kayseri next week, we need to play a perfect game."
Katalin Honti, Beretta Famila Schio:
"We're so happy for this victory because we played for 40 minutes like it were last one. We'll go to Kayseri expecting one of the hardest matches of the season."
Nuria Martinez, Kayseri Kaski Spor:
"It was a tough game but we knew that here in Schio it is hard for everybody. Congrats to them; in Kayseri I'm sure it will be a great basketball match."
Ayhan Avci, Kayseri Kaski Spor coach:
"I want to congratulate Beretta Famila Schio and the Schio fans for their support. Playing at home, until tonight, it's been a key factor [for winning games]. I hope it will [yet again for us back] in Kayseri."