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Sunday Special: CSKA Thump Brno

07 December 2008

CSKA Moscow claimed a convincing victory at "home" over Gambrinus Sika Brno in a rare EuroLeague Women Sunday game.

The Russian giants, who have gone through a change in ownership the past two weeks and didn't play their scheduled home game against TTT Riga on November 26 which led to a forfeit by a 20-0 scoreline, returned to the competition in grand style and thumped Gambrinus 91-71.

While CSKA were technically the home team, the game was played in Brno. 

Becky Hammon and Ann Waters scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, for CSKA.

Leading only 9-8 after a basket by Brno's Mali international Hamchetou Maiga Ba, Edwige Lawson-Wade reminded everyone of her three-point shooting victory at last year's All Star Game by drilling a shot from the arc to spark a 12-2 run for the CSKA.

By the end of the first quarter, CSKA had a firm grip on proceedings with a 25-13 advantage and with 3:10 to play in the half, the lead had ballooned to 42-23 after a Wauters jump shot.

The visitors managed to reduce the arrears to 52-40 with 6:10 to go in the third quarter after a lay-up by Maiga Ba but late in the period the hosts had gone back in front at 69-48 following an Olexandra Gorbunova three-ball.

Brno didn't go away, however, and a 12-0 surge that was capped by a Hana Horakova three with just under six minutes to play in the game cut the deficit to 74-64.

They would end up getting no closer as CSKA won to improve to 5-3 while dropping Brno to 3-5.

Tamika Whitmore scored 23 points and Latvia international Liene Jansone contributed 16 with seven rebounds for Brno.

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