Rakhmatulina, Dynamo Moscow Survive Wisla Comeback

23 November 2005

Dynamo Moscow blew a 15-point lead but ended up pulling away at the end to beat Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and climb to the top of Group C in the EuroLeague Women for at least 24 hours.

Oxana Rakhmatulina led the Russian effort with 21 points as they won 68-58 over a Wisla team which has now suffered four defeats in five games.

Oxana Rakhmatulina (Dynamo Moscow)
Oxana Rakhmatulina (Dynamo Moscow)

Boris Sokolovsky, Dynamo's head coach, said: "We knew before this game that Wisla is progressing from game to game. "I expected the game to be tense. Tonight, Oxana Rakhamatulina played above all praise and led all the other players to victory."

The hosts looked to be cruising near the end of the first half when they
built a 28-13 lead, but the visitors from Poland refused to give up.
They battled, and eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter.

Anna De Forge's jump shot capped a 7-0 run as the Krakow team led 53-52 with 5:34 remaining in the game. After Rakhmatulina buried a jumper, drew a foul and made the free throw with 4:47 to go, Dynamo were back in front at 55-53.

Ljiljana Latinovic hit a three-pointer immediately after, though, to put the Poles ahead again at 56-55.

It would be their last lead.

Natalia Vodopiyanova replied with a three-point play to start a 7-0 run for
Dynamo, who ended with the 10-point triumph.

Elmedin Omanic, Wisla's head coach, said: "It was a game for us. In the
first half, we did not play good defence but from the second quarter on, we played better on defence and managed to tie score and even to lead.
"But in the the last quarter, Dynamo were stronger than us on offence and defence."

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