ESB Lille Metropole Seize First Victory With Demolition Of Riga

12 November 2008

ESB Lille Metropole finally broke into the win column on Wednesday night in the EuroLeague Women and they did so in convincing fashion against Latvian strugglers TTT Riga.

The French outfit rolled to a 71-53 win over Riga, leaving both sides with 1-4 records in Group B.

French forward Geraldine Robert tore apart Riga with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Another double-double was had by Martina Rejchová. She finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.

Riga actually led 14-9 late in the first quarter but ESB Lille went on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes for a 24-16 advantage.

After Latvia international and Riga captain Ieva Kublina knocked down a three-pointer to close the gap to five, the hosts reeled off 11 consecutive points.

Ljubica Drljaca hit a three-ball and two other jump shots in the spurt.

By half-time, the home side was on top 40-23 and late in the third quarter, the lead had ballooned to 58-24.

There was no way back for Riga, whose biggest deficit was 68-38 midway through the fourth quarter.

Elizaveta Kityzina and Kublina each had seven points and 11 rebounds for Riga, who were led in scoring by Essence Carson's 14.

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