CSKA Hammer Halcon Avenida To Force Decider


CSKA Moscow hit back with a vengeance on Friday to level their EuroLeague Women play-off showdown with Halcon Avenida.

Igor Grudin's team opened up a 15-point lead by half-time and pulled away when play resumed for a 95-64 triumph.

The deciding game three of the Eighth-Finals clash will be played on Wednesday.

Avenida, without the loud support of their home fans back in Salamanca, caved in against a CSKA side that had five players reach double figures.

Ann Wauters finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Belgian center had scored 11 by half-time.

French point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade poured in 15 points and Janel McCarville 13 with eight of hers coming before the break.

Avenida did have their moments early on with a Gunta Basko three-ball putting them on top at 11-7 with 5:44 to go in the opening quarter.

Wauters answered with a three-point play and then added a jump shot to put the hosts in front for good.

Ilona Korstin followed with a jumper before Elena Danilochkina scored five straight points, including a three-ball, for a 19-11 lead.

Becky Hammon finished the run with a lay-up and two free throws to make it 23-11 and CSKA stayed in front the rest of the way.

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