Gambrinus Scythe Down Another Victim

16 November 2005

The expected challenge from UMMC Ekaterinburg never materialised for Gambrinus Sika Brno on Wednesday as they trounced their Russian opponents 78-65 to stay undefeated in Group B of the EuroLeague Women.

UMMC's powerful frontcourt duo of Suzy Batkovic and Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya had caused plenty of concern for Jan Bobrovsky, the Gambrinus coach.

Suzy Batkovic (UMMC Ekaterinburg)
Suzy Batkovic
They went into the contest averaging a combined 25 points and 12 rebounds over the first three games, but after a tough first quarter by UMMC, Gambrinus found their stride and captured the win with ease.

The visitors took the lead for good on Delisha Milton's jump shot at the end of the first quarter, which put them in front at 23-22.

Alena Kovacova's basket right before half-time stretched the advantage to 43-34.

Any hopes in the UMMC camp were quickly dashed with Gambrinus reeling off the first 14 points of the second half for a 57-34 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Milton has been the leading scorer for Gambrinus in this competition at 19 points per game. The USA international finished this contest with a team-high 18 points on eight of 15 shooting.

Hana Machova weighed in with 15 while Jana Vesela (12), Nykesha Sales and Eva Vitecková (both 11) also hit double figures in a very balanced scoring attack.

UMMC's forward, Ekaterina Sytnyak, led all scorers with 20 points.

Batkovic had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Gambrinus have a heavyweight showdown next week at home against Bourges Basket, while UMMC Ekaterinburg travel to face Lotos Gdynia.

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