Sykora Thrilled With Opening Day Win

04 November 2004

Loko Trutov coach Zdenek Sykora could not hide his delight at his side's win in their first ever FIBA EuroLeague Women game.

On the opening night of the competition, Trutnov claimed an emphatic 71-44 triumph over Group B opponents Sporting Athens.

Petra Kulichova, the Czechs' 1.98m center, had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead her squad to victory which was assured when they stretched a 32-22 half-time advantage to a 50-26 lead by the end of the third quarter.

"I am very happy and proud of my team," Sykora said.

"We played very well and I am fully satisfied with the performances of all my players.

Katie Douglas (Lietuvos Telekomas) had 25 against USVO
"I was not afraid before the game because I believe in my team. We put Athens under pressure right from the beginning and did not give them any chances."

Opposite number Panagiotis Arvanitis acknowledged his side had been well beaten.

"We had a good attitude but our performance was very bad," he said.

"Trutnov were much better and fully deserved the win. I am disappointed."

In Group A, Wisla Can-Pack Krakow romped to 77-54 victory over Kozachka-Zalk, Iva Perovanovic pouring in 25 points and pulling down nine boards in the win.

Sopron got 26 points from Anna Vajda in a 114-57 demolition of Baltiskaya Zwezda.

Kathryn Douglas scored 25 points to lead Lietuvos Telekomas to a 59-50 triumph over defending champions US Valenciennes Olympic.

In Group B, Delta ICP Kosice suffered a 79-67 home defeat against Bourges Basket, the French giants getting 18 points from Latvian forward Anete Jekabsone.

Spanish international Laia Palau, who joined Bourges from Barcelona in the summer, had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Elen Shakirova finished with 23 points as Dynamo Moscow prevailed 81-67 over Ros Casares.

Australian international Suzy Batkovic had 21 points for the Valencia outfit.

In Wednesday's only Group C game, Katryna Gaither had 26 points for Tarbes as they edged Szolnok 70-66.

On Thursday night, Basket Parma host Volgaburmash and ZKK Vojvodina NIS-GAS visit Dexia Namur.

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