Kayseri Put One Foot In The Final



14. Nicky Anosike (Kayseri Kaski spor)
Nicky Anosike proved a handful to the Ruzomberok defense

Last years' EuroCup Women runners-up Kayseri Kaski spor took a considerable leap towards successive Final appearances after a powerful 79-60 road win at MBK Ruzomberok in the semi-final first leg.

The Turkish club were always on top against their opponents, who crashed to their fifth home loss of the season and are yet to win a game on their own court.

Ruzomberok briefly kept pace with the visitors during the early exchanges when Katerina Tetemondova levelled the scores at 13-13, but they weren't be able to sustain it.

A 15-4 run by Kayseri either side of the first and second quarter got them onto the front foot and they never applied the brakes - especially with Ruzomberok possessing such a fantastic record on their travels.

Nicky Anosike and Lara Sanders proved too hot to handle in the paint and whilst Ruzomberok stemmed the tide a little to head to the locker rooms 39-32 behind, it was to be as close as they would get.

Kayseri kept their foot on the accelerator and a triple by Zoi Dimitrakou extended their advantage to 59-43 by the end of the third quarter.

Known for their excellent defence, Ruzomberok simply had more difficulty in containing the vast array of scoring talent on the Kayseri roster and couldn't find enough of their own offence to limit the damage - particularly with Sequoia Holmes going 0 of 10 from the floor.

Kayseri subsequently strolled to victory with Sanders claiming a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, whilst Anosike had a near perfect shooting night to corral 13 points as well as five rebounds and four steals.

Tetemondova responded with 14 points for Ruzomberok before fouling out of the game.


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