|03 November 2004|
Dynamo Moscow overcame some teething problems to record a solid victory in their EuroLeague Women opener.
Dynamo were without Natalia Vodopyanova, who had to sit out the game with a hand injury, while Elena Shakirova, Elena Karpova, Maria Samorukova were all ruled fit to play only at the last moment.
In addition, Kamila Vodickova made her debut after just 5 practices with her team-mates, while new signings Sue Bird, Elena Baranova and Mwadi Mabika are all yet to arrive in Moscow.
Despite these setbacks, Dynamo had enough firepower to defeat their Spanish visitors. Vodickova overcame any unfamiliarity with her new partners and she and Shakirova led Moscow.
Valencia stayed in close contact with their hosts, and a basket from Vodickova gave the home side a narrow margin at the half, 46-44.
It was in the third quarter that Moscow opened the game. They built a 10-point lead and managed to hold onto it until the final buzzer.
Shakirova finished with 23 points for Dynamo while Vodickova added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Suzy Batkovic, who won the EuroLeague last year with Valenciennes, had 21 points in her European debut with Valencia.