Sizzling Spartak Beat Gdynia To Stay Undefeated


Spartak Moscow Region won for 10th time in as many EuroLeague Women games on Wednesday by thrashing visiting Lotos Gdynia in Vidnoje.

Pokey Chatman's team led the Group D contest from start to finish and claimed an 85-60 triumph with Spartak's USA international trio of Sylvia Fowles, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird wreaking havoc as usual.

Taurasi led the way with 17 points while Fowles scored 14 and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Sue Bird finished with 10 points and five assists.

Spartak, winners of the last EuroLeague Women titles, are the only undefeated team in the competition at 10-0.

Lotos went into the game sky high after last week's important home win against Frisco Sika Brno that lifted the club into fourth spot - the last play-off place on offer in Group D.

If Szeviep Szeged (2-7) were to upset Brno later on Wednesday, the Hungarians would progress to the Eighth-Finals and not Gdynia because of a tie-breaker.

Spartak took command against Gdynia in the first quarter.

Leading 9-6, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota hit three-pointer and Bird followed with a jumper to make it 14-6.

Gydnia's excellent Serbian center Ivana Matovic replied with a jumper but Taurasi went to the other end and triggered an 8-0 run by hitting her second three-pointer of the game.

Janel McCarville added two free-throws and then Jekabsone-Zogota followed with another shot from behind the arc to make it 22-8.

Fowles' jump shot increased the lead to 32-13 and Spartak pulled away for a decisive victory.

McCarville led the Spartak defense with four steals and a blocked shot.

Matovic finished with 17 points for Gdynia.

The Gdynia players will now be crossing their fingers that Brno defeat Szeviep Szeged.

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