Early Run Propels Kosice Past Riga

10 November 2010
TTT Riga picked up where they left off in their previous game against Cras Basket Taranto as they continued their poor run in EuroLeague Women Group A to go down 77-60 against a Charde Houston inspired Good Angels Kosice to crash to successive home floor defeats.

The forward reminded everyone there is more to Kosice than Candice Dupree and Zuzana Zirkova this season after pouring in a stunning 27 points.

Having collapsed in the fourth quarter of their previous game, TTT Riga were always likely to look fragile in the early exchanges during this match-up and so it proved as their defence again leaked baskets far too readily.

They gave up 29 first quarter points to trail by ten as the visiting team enjoyed their freedom to score all too easily.

While the home defence definitely locked down Good Angels Kosice far better in the second quarter to hold them to just 14 points in the period, it was to the detriment of their offence.

Despite doing a good job defensively, TTT Riga could didn't even break double figures during the next ten minutes which meant they headed to the locker rooms in trouble and trailing 43-28.

They fared much better after the break and when a Kim Butler basket made it a five point game, the home supporters might had reason to cheer - but only temporarily.

Kosice began to ease away again and with Houston in irresistible form, they edged away again and eventually ran out as easy winners.

Dupree had a double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team while Zirkova had 16 points and 6 assists.

Shavonte Zellous and Kristine Karklina both registered 17 points for TTT Riga who are still searching for their first win in Group A.



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