Nadezhda End Qualifying Round With Big Win

19 January 2011

Nadezhda will go into the next phase of the EuroLeague  Women as one of the competition's hottest teams after blowing out Gorzow on Wednesday in their last Qualifying Round game.

Losers of three straight to start the campaign in Group D, Nadezhda rolled to an 89-37 victory over Gorzow.

The triumph was the club's fifth in seven EuroLeague Women games.

Rebekka Hammon (Nadezhda)
Becky Hammon had 23 points for Nadezhda
Tina Charles provided more evidence that she is one of the top players in the world, scoring 14 points and hauling down 15 rebounds.

Nadezhda also got a game-high 23 points from Becky Hammon, who buried five of seven shots from long range.

The Russian team led from start to finish.

When Charles made her first basket, a hook shot, two minutes into the game Nadezhda were on top 8-2.

When Hammon went in for a lay-up midway through the first frame, she had eight points and the lead was 19-7.

When point guard Elena Berseneva drilled a three-pointer with 32 seconds to go in the opening frame, the lead was 25-9 and the rout was on.

Vladimir Koloskov's team extended the advantage to 46-20 by half-time and at three-quarter time, Nadezhda had a 68-30 stranglehold on the contest with Hammon sitting on her 23 points.

By coming in fourth place, Nadezhda will not have a high seed but rest assured, this is a team that no one is going to want to face.

As for Gorzow, they had some bright moments this season.

A strong finish in Poland could see them book a return trip to the competition.

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