|27 October 2010|
Having played in EuroLeague Women last season, ESB Lille Metropole were always going to be a tough not to crack for Ruzomberok but the home team came mightily close to chalking up an opening day win in Group I but were denied by the outstanding Carla Thomas.
The team from the Slovak Republic just came up short in a tense finale as the French side eased away in the last three minutes of the game at 64-64 with a 9-2 run to eventually prevail 73-66.
Thomas posted an monstrous double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds for the winning team including four triples while Olayinka Sanni claimed 25 points and 8 rebounds in a powerful display.
There was joy for 2,000 fans in Novosibirsk, where home favourites Dynamo - GUVD put the shackles on HATIS Yerevan right from the tip-off and that laid the platform for a 79-50 rout in Group F.
The home team only gave up 9 points in each of the first two quarters helping them to a 36-18 lead at the midway point of the game and they never looked back, even though the offence of the Armenian visitors improved in the second half.
Natalya Myasoedova led the way for the hosts with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Anastasiya
Shilova was hot from outside with three of four triples.
Erica Davis claimed a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds but on the flip-side, turned the ball over five times for the visiting team.
Meanwhile the class of Nicole Ohlde shone through as she grabbed the headlines with a sensational effort for Reyer Venezia after she finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds to help her team clinch a hard fought 63-59 road win at Dexia Namur in Group K.
Finally, Lotto Young Cats of Belgium romped to a convincing 73-45 success in Portugal against Olivais Coimbra. Rising Belgium star Emma Meesseman continued to enhance her growing reputation with sparkling double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, a feat also matched by Earnesia Williams of the losing team who had 21 points and 12 boards.