CSKA Remain Unbeaten But Sopron Battle


CSKA Moscow survived a fight but remained undefeated in Group A of the EuroLeague Women with an 80-75 victory at MKB Euroleasing Sopron.

Ilona Korstin made two free throws with eight seconds left to secure the win and improve CSKA to 5-0.

Ann Wauters (CSKA Volgaburmash) and Tina Thompson (Spartak Moscow Region)
Ann Wauters had 21 points and 12 rebounds for CSKA.
Ann Wauters led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Olga Arteshina scored 13 points and Korstin (12), NicolePowell (12), Maria Stepanova (11) and Rebecca Hammon (11) also scored in double figures for Gundars Vetra's team.

Sopron dropped to 2-3 in the group despite 20 points and 13 rebounds from Olexandra Gorbunova and 17 points from Albena Branzova.

CSKA pulled ahead 4-2 on the road but Branzova scored seven points in a 12-2 Sopron run to lead 14-6.

The Russians answered with the next nine points, grabbing the lead back on Powell's three-ball but Edit Ratkainé's foul shots gave the Hungarians the advantage 20-17 after one period.

Two baskets each by Barbara Semsei and Katalin Horti helped Sopron open a 33-26 cushion.

Powell would eventually trim the margin to 37-35 but the Hungarians were up 39-25 at half-time.

Branzova knocked down a three-ball to start the third but Arteshina answered with two long balls of her own to start a 17-2 CSKA Moscow run, which included six points by Korstin and was completed by Powell's three-pointer for a 52-44 lead.

Gorbunova tallied eight points as Sopron stayed close and Honti's three-pointer left Moscow leading 66-59 after three periods.

Honti's lay-up pulled Sopron to within 70-65 only to see Maria Stepanova score five straight points, but Branzova knocked down back-to-back baskets and Gorbunova's two foul shots trimmed the margin to 75-73 with two minutes left.

Wauters scored and the lead was 78-73 on Arteshina's foul shot with 13 seconds left.

Jelena Milovanovic hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left to set up Korstin's heroics.


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