|Tina Charles was unstoppable for defending champions Dynamo Moscow on Thursday|
Reigning EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow bounced straight back to winning ways as Tina Charles illuminated an 88-57 blowout of domestic rivals Spartak Noginsk.
The center was simply unstoppable and finished with 22 points in an extraordinary 10 of 11 shooting performance as the Russian side put last weeks’ Group D loss against Istanbul Universitesi behind them.
There was little doubt that Dynamo would prevail after a powerful 26-12 opening quarter and their superior physical presence inside took a toll on the visitors who struggled to keep pace.
Lindsay Whalen had a nice cameo with seven assists in just 17 minutes of action, whilst Anna Ostroukhova responded with nine points and four assists for the losing team.
A 20 point haul from Shenise Johnson kept Istanbul Universitesi perfect as they completed a similarly convincing home-floor success with a 78-49 win against Olimpia Grodno.
They also raced out of the blocks to open up a 29-9 gap after ten minutes and highlight the gulf in class between the teams. No visiting player broke double-digits, although Lyubov Alyoshkina had eight points and nine boards.
There were contrasting fortunes for another Turkish club in the form Tarsus Belediye, whose miserable season continues to disintegrate.
After losing six of their first seven games in the TKBL, they must now digest a shock EuroCup Women loss to visiting Horizont Minsk, who took their second win in a row with a hard-fought 75-70 Group C victory.
A spectacular 29 points from veteran forward Delisha Milton-Jones wasn’t enough to prevent more agony for the home fans as Tatyana Troina, Aleksandra Khomenchuk and Tatsiana Likhtarovich all excelled for the visitors.
The trio combined for 53 points and shot almost 58% from the floor as Horizont staved off a near late collapse as Tarsus got back to within two points having trailed by as many as 16 points.
Dunav 8806 Ruse are still searching for their first win in the competition after crashing 84-65 in Group B at Chevakata Vologda.
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Quintierra Lewis had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bulgarians, but Victoria Baugh was on-song for the hosts, recording an efficient 16 points and eight rebounds as they became stronger as the game unfolded.
A defensive shutdown of Homend Antakya in crunch time allowed Dynamo Kursk to take a narrow 58-53 home victory in Group A to remain unbeaten.
It looked as if the Turkish visitors might claim the win with less than four minutes to play, but Antakya didn’t manage to score another point in a fatal drought, as Kursk scored the last eight points of the contest.
Candice Dupree had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Kursk and Seimone Augustus had 12 points on her debut. Aneika Henry had a double-double of 10 points and 16 boards in defeat.
Also in Group A, there was a relatively comfortable 75-58 win for Adana Botas against Tsmoki Minsk, with a superb first-half and 21 points from Sandra Igueravide paving the way for victory.
Botas built up what proved to be an unassailable 19 point lead by the interval and whilst the visitors improved and rallied after the break to cut the deficit to just eight points, Adana eased their way over the finishing line.
Teenage star Pelin Bilgic had an eye-catching 10 points, six rebounds and four steals, with Kristen Morris adding 15 points for the Belarusians.