|Dewanna Bonner made a great debut for Nadezhda, scoring 22 points|
Nadezhda took the first victory of the new EuroLeague Women campaign after shrugging off a slow start to record an exciting 70-65 home success against Good Angels Kosice in Group B.
In a great advertisement for the women's game, both teams produced an absorbing and roller-coaster contest worthy of the season opener.
The home fans in Orenburg were initially left stunned as the visitors started with a blistering 22-10 first quarter, but by half-time, they had watched their precious lead evaporate and trailed 32-31.
Much of that was due to a combination of Nadezhda making essential defensive adjustments and also the impact of debutante Dewanna Bonner who eventually finished with 22 points.
When the teams returned to the floor, Kosice managed to wrestle the initiative back yet again, to regain the lead during an impressive third quarter.
But neither team could make a decisive break and the game still hung in the balance with just a minute remaining when the excellent Allie Quigley dropped a three-ball for Kosice to make it a one shot game at 66-63.
However, Nadezhda managed to wrap up a hard fought win from the free-throw line in the closing seconds.
Liudmila Sapova pulled down 10 rebounds for the home side whilst Tijana Krivacevic had an all-action 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the losing team.
Kosice head coach Maros Kovacik:
"To start with, I would like to congratulate the Orenburg team on winning! We had a lot of peaks and falls during the match. But it's only the start of the season, we will work and hope we will be lucky in this season. Our team is young, our rivals have got more experience. We need more reliable defense. Now we are not able to score 90 points during a match and can't let our rivals score more than 50-60 points either. Only this will give us more chances to win."
Kosice player Plenette Pierson:
"Both teams played really well keeping us on tenterhooks during all 40 minutes of playing time. Of course it happened thanks to active audience support- I hope our fans will also support us at home.
Nadezhda head coach Alexander Kovalev:
"We have lost track of how to play in EuroLeague Women for the past years. We had to change our game during the match. I have to admit we didn't do very well in the beginning of the match. As I said before, we haven't got three more players now. It's right where we lack stable playing situation. We had to use other position players as playmakers. That's why we are waiting for the rest of our players and hope we will play steadier."
Nadezhda player Dewanna Bonner:
"Though we haven't got a few players yet, we are getting used to playing together. I really like it here in Nadezhda, I think we can gain the best results. There have been a lot of turnovers and travels today. I know what I have to improve during practices to be more useful for the team."