|05 January 2005|
Dynamo Moscow were at near full strength for the first time this season in the EuroLeague Women and the result was an impressive demolition of Greek champions Sporting Athens in Moscow.
Although without the injured Elena's (Shakirova and Baranova) Dynamo finally welcomed Sue Bird, who joins the Moscow side after winning a WNBA title and Olympic gold medal in 2004. She contributed 5 points, 3 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes of court time in a game which was 100% controlled by the home side.
"It's hard to say whether our team played well or not judging by this match, Sporting had definite problems with the bench and the long trip to Russia also played its role," said Dynamo coach Semen Khaliphsky.
Defense was the key to the game. Dynamo held Athens to 11/48 shooting, including a miserable 2/21 from three-point range.
Dynamo led 23-9 after the first period and the game was no longer a contest. They didn't let up for the remaining 30 minutes and the result was a 67 point victory.
Mwadi Mabika and Elena Karpova topped scored for Dynamo with 14 points apiece.