Prague Turn On The Style Early In Romp Over Gorzow

11 November 2009

ZVVZ USK Prague beat KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow 96-79 to send the EuroLeague Women newcomers crashing to their third successive defeat in the competition.

Lubor Blazek's Czechs, upset at home in Group  C last week by surprise package Rivas Ecopolis, scored eight straight points in the first quarter to lead 8-4 and stayed on top the rest of the way.

A 10-0 run at the end of the first period left the Czech champions with a 23-11 advantage and they lowered the boom over the next four minutes to open up a 36-17 lead.

By half-time, Prague's Latvia international Ieva Kublina had poured in 16 points as Prague had a 48-30 stranglehold on proceedings.

The lead ballooned to 65-39 with 3:21 to go in the third quarter for Prague.

Gorzow didn't give up and twice reduced the arrears to 13 in the fourth quarter, including 80-67 with 6:26 to go.

Katerina Elhotova and Cathrine Kraayeveld buried three-balls to extend the lead back to 19 and Prague cruised the rest of the way.

Czech international Elhotova, who could have a pivotal role for her national team next year when they host the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, poured in 25 points.

She was five of 10 from long range.

Kraayeveld was outstanding as well, drilling four of eight from behind the arc on her way to 18 points.

She and Kublina pulled down nine rebounds apiece.

For Gorzow, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk finished with 20 points and Izabela Piekarska had 17.

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