The winter break did not come at a good time for VICI Aistes, who crashed to a heavy defeat at ZVVZ USK Prague on Wednesday night in the EuroLeague Women.
Having upset Halcon Avenida and Galatasaray before the holidays, Kaunas outfit VICI Aistes returned to the European wars in the new year and were flattened 87-60 by a Prague side that got 20 points apiece from Delisha Milton-Jones, Lindsay Whalen and Katerina Elhotova.
The other Prague star to wreak havoc on the night was Czech international Eva Viteckova, who made three of five shots from long range and finished with 17 points.
Milton-Jones had 10 points and both Viteckova and Whalen scored eight in the first quarter as Prague stormed into a 27-16 advantage.
The rout was on when Czech international Elhotova drilled a three with 4:41 to go in the first half for a 42-19 lead.
After going to the break facing a 52-29 deficit, the second half was an exercise in damage limitation for VICI Aistes, who fell to 3-6.
Victory for Prague raised their record to 5-4 and kept them in the hunt for a top-two finish in Group C.
Prague conclude their campaign next week at Galatasaray and VICI Aistes host Tarbes GB.
Gala, VICI Aistes and Tarbes are fighting for the fourth and last play-off spot in the pool.