Rampant Spartak See Off Lotos PKO BP


Spartak Moscow Region took a massive step into the EuroLeague Women eighth-finals following with a convincing 87-65 win over Polish outfit Lotos PKO BP.

Australian forward Lauren Jackson and American guard Diana Taurasi were in inspirational form for Spartak once again as they scored 26 and 25 points respectively.

The win moved Spartak's record in Group C to 6-1 and left them level at the top of the pool with Gambrinus SIKA Brno.

Despite a spirited fight from Lotos early on, the Russian's superiority eventually began to show and Jackson's three-pointer started a nine-point run that saw Spartak finish the first quarter 22-12 ahead.

Lotos showed their character once again the second period, gradually eating away at Spartak's lead until a six-point run levelled the scores at 32-32. However, Jackson was once again the thorn in Lotos' side making a jump-shot right at the end of the quarter to put Spartak 36-34 ahead at half-time.

Taurasi and Jackson were instrumental in the third quarter as Spartak put together a five-point run from the tip-off to take charge at 41-34 and they never looked back from that point on. Several mini-runs followed and Spartak finished the third quarter with a 17-point lead at 70-53 as Lotos began to look like a beaten side.

In the final quarter a seven-point run killed the game off as Spartak went 77-55 ahead, before Taurasi's jump-shot rounded off proceedings at 87-65.


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