|Elisabeth Egnell filled almost all columns of the box score as the Dolphins hung on for their second straight win |
A week after their first ever EuroCup Women success, Lars Johansson and his Norrköping Dolphins doubled their tally with a stunning 66-56 success at Mersin Büyüksehir Bld.
The play-caller, who also holds the reins of the Swedish national team, masterminded a fabulous road win in Group B after his players scored the last eleven points of the game to capitalise on a horrific home drought as Mersin failed to score during the last five minutes.
Norrkoping were led by 14 points and 10 rebounds from center Kali Bennett, with Elisabeth Egnell also influential and registering an all-action 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Perhaps even more impressive were fellow newcomers PEAC Pecs, who claimed their second successive EuroCup Women victory with a brilliant 64-49 success at Villeneuve d'Ascq in Group F.
The hosts endured an error-strewn evening which gave their Hungarian visitors plenty of encouragement and they took advantage to prevail in a defensively dominated encounter.
Maurita Reid again showed her class with 17 points, six assists and six steals for Pecs, whilst Emma Meesseman had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Villeneuve.
There was real heartbreak for Belfius Namur in the other Group F game as they came within a whisker of their first win but went down 80-79 at Nantes Reze as Sarah Deneil tried in vain to convert from the perimeter to seal a confidence-boosting win.
Julie Wojta had a monstrous 28 points and 10 boards for the visitors but it wasn't enough as Nantes dodged a bullet having once led by 15 points in the third quarter. Caroline Aubert had an terrific 18 points and nine assists for the French team.
It was a similar story in Group G, as Pinkk Pécsi 424 copied the pattern with their second ever win and first on their travels after an array of super shooting displays propelled them to a 72-63 victory at MBK Ruzomberok.
Serbian Tijana Ajdukovic was unstoppable with 17 points, Nikolett Sarok did the damage from distance with a perfect three of three from downtown and Louella Tomlinson accumulated a fine double-double as Veronika Cernakova responded with an efficient 17 points.
In Group E, there were two wins in a row for Aluinvent Miskolc, who eased to a convincing 69-53 success
|Veteran Liene Jansone delivered for Aluinvent Miskolc with 14 points and 7 rebounds |
against TSV Wasserburg. The home team won every quarter and got stronger as the game unfolded, with Latvian center Liene Jansone standing out with her 14 points and Rebecca Tobin excelling on the glass with 16 rebounds.
In the same Group, Basket Landes crushed Lotto Young Cats 87-54, as the hosts cantered to the win off the back of 40 points and 18 rebounds from Danielle Page and Kamila Stepanova.
Dynamo Novosibirsk condemned ACS Sepsi to a third straight loss in Group C after the Siberian club completed an 88-64 home-court success after a first-half offensive blitz.
The hosts racked up 56 points by the interval and with a twenty point lead, the victory was wrapped up early. Devereaux Peters showed her skills with 23 points and six steals, whilst Samantha Prahalis landed another big score for the Romanians with 25 points.
Finally in Group G, Tarbes Gespe Bigorre cruised to an 85-68 win against Wallonia Basket off the back of a blistering first 20 minutes and also 19 points each from Alexandra Montgomery and Serbian forward Jovana Rad.