|Belinda Snell sunk five three-pointers to help CCC Polkowice overcome Novi Zagreb|
A scorching final quarter display by Belinda Snell catapulted CCC Polkowice to a second victory in EuroLeague Women Group C as they belatedly caught fire to record a 77-66 win against Novi Zagreb.
The Polish club had been labouring dreadfully against the visitors for three quarters of the contest due to some woeful shooting performances, but they eventually found their range via the Australian small forward who blew the still winless Novi Zagreb completely out of the water.
The hosts held a narrow 51-48 lead at the end of the third period, and it would have taken a brave person to predict the outcome at that juncture, especially with the home favourites misfiring in a big way.
But, they wouldn't have counted on Snell coming alive from distance as she started the last quarter with successive triples to break the game open, and then just a couple of minutes later, repeat the feat to effectively seal the win by sinking back-to-back three-pointers once again.
The 18-4 run destroyed any hopes Novi Zagreb had of clinching their first ever success in the competition, although Week Four MVP Mirna Mazic did her best with 19 points and eight rebounds to continue her impressive form.
However, Snell was the game-winner with 21 points including five triples.
Meanwhile Nnemkadi Ogwumike claimed a creditable double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts but has probably enjoyed more productive shooting nights.
Novi Zagreb head coach Vladimir Ivankovic:
"Congratulations to CCC on the victory and a great audience. Today the fans gave CCC great support, they were the sixth player. I wish we had such support in Zagreb. Today we played well in the first half. In the second we started to make mistakes, which resulted from the fact that we had a lot of fouls. This is another game that we lost in the second half. We need to take a step forward and play well for four quarters. I hope that this happens in the next match."
Novi Zagreb player Matea Vrdoljak:
"In the second half we made a lot of mistakes. Belinda Snell hit three consecutive three-pointers. We had no idea how to score points. We lost the fourth game. I hope that we get another win."
CCC Polkowice head coach Jacek Winnicki:
"I am very happy that we were able to win today. In the first half we missed prowess on the boards. This game is not arranged on our way. In the second half we came back aggressive. Belinda made a few three-point shots and we started to play better. We managed to win and we're happy."
CCC Polkowice player Valeryia Berezhynska:
"We really wanted to win today. We prepared specifically for this match. In the first half we did not do. In the second we started to play better. We improved our efficiency and to be crucial. We played it better in defense and we managed to win the first game in the EuroLeague Women at home."