MKB See Off Vilnius Challenge

15 November 2006

MKB Euroleasing continued their domination of Group A with a third straight EuroLeague Women win, beating TEO Vilnius 86-75.

Having blown a couple of double-digit leads during the game, MKB had to turn on the style in the closing minutes to get the better of their Lithuanian opponents.

Jurgita Streimikyte's lay-up put Vilnius 72-70 ahead with 4:26 left, but Andrea Balas-Pirine Karolyi replied with a three-pointer to put MKB back in the lead.

Albena Branzova's jump shot with 3:32 on the clock then sparked a 13-3 run from MKB to close the game.

Earlier in the match, MKB had twice taken big leads before allowing Vilnius back into the game.

The visitors led 22-20 at the end of the first quarter, but MKB recovered to take a 47-43 advantage into the locker rooms.

Balas-Pirine Karolyi's three-pointer early in the third quarter put them 57-46 ahead, but Douglas brought Vilnius back in touch.

Branzova then made a lay-up with 4:04 left in the period to make it 63-52, but the scores were back to 66-62 when Vilnius opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from Douglas.

Balas-Pirine Karolyi led all scorers with 23 points from MKB, while Ivana Matovic added 19 and Branzova finished with 12. Bernadett Nemeth and Reka Cserny each collected seven rebounds for the victors.

Katie Douglas led five Vilnuis players in double figures, scoring 20 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Streimikyte added 17 points, while Sandra Valuzyte had 13, Ebony Hoffman 11 and Egle Sulciute 10.


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