Minsk-2006 put up a brave fight but lost 77-64 to Partizan Galenika in the first leg of the team's EuroCup Women Sixteenth-Finals tie on Thursday night.
The home fans in Belarus had plenty to cheer about in the early going when Minsk-2006 stormed into an 11-4 lead with Volha Padabed scoring five of the points and Chrissy Givens four.
Partizan stormed back and when Dajana Butulija made a lay-up at the end of the first quarter for the visiting side, they trailed only 21-19.
The sides traded blows and the lead changed hands Minsk but still had their noses in front at 36-35 with 2:51 to go in the first half after two Givens free-throws.
Dunja Prcic buried a three-ball for Partizan, though, and teammate Sheena Moore followed with a bucket before the visitors got another three from Natasa Bucevac.
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The Serbian outfit eventually took a 45-40 lead to the changing rooms.
Minsk fell behind by 12 points but dug in their heels and clawed the deficit back to 60-54 with 8:03 to go.
Butulija answered with a three-point play for Partizan and they pulled away for a 13-point win.
For the winners, Butulija finished with contest with 18 points and Moore had 17 as well as four steals.
Givens had 13 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Horizont Win Big
Another team from Minsk, Horizont, was in action but on the road and they rolled to a 68-45 triumph at Dexia Namur.
Viktoryia Hasper finished with 17 points and 11 boards for the winners.
Dynamo Moscow had a real scrap with HATIS Yerevan and scraped a 62-57 win.
The fans in Armenia saw their own Ganna Zarytska score 18 points as Hatis battled back from a 36-20 deficit at half-time to lose by just five.
Belarus international point guard Natallia Marchanka finished with 12 points, four assists and four steals for Dynamo.
Venezia's Ohlde But Goodie
Reyer Venezia got a big game from Nicole Ohlde as they won in Slovakia over Ruzomberok, 91-78.
Ohlde, a former EuroLeague Women All-Star, had 23 points and eight rebounds while in defeat, Simona Podesvová also poured in 23 while corralling 12 rebounds.
Venezia hit eight of 17 shots from long range.
Mascha Maiorano was four of seven from behind the arc and finished with 14 points.
ESB Lille Metropole fell to their first defeat of the year in the EuroCup Women.
The French outfit lost 64-52 at Jolly JBS Euroline with Croatian center Petra Stampalija pouring in 16 points for the home side.
Another team from France, Nantes Rezé, claimed an 84-59 triumph at Hungarians Szeviép with Croatian Emilija Podrug scoring 21 points in the victory.
Hungary international Bernadett Németh had a game-high 22 in defeat.
Dynamo Kursk reached the last four in 2009-10 and could be headed that way again.
Kursk got 18 points from Lindsey Harding in a 73-51 success at Zeljeznicar.
Mann Filter Zaragoza have the upper hand in their showdown with Besiktas after a 71-63 triumph in Istanbul.
The Spanish outfit got a solid performance from Aneika Henry, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brazil international Kelly da Silva Santos had 19 points and nine boards in defeat.
Jelena Maksimovic scored 15 points for Energa Torun as they grabbed the upper hand against a good Lotto Young Cats squad with a 70-62 triumph in Belgium.
Dynamo-GUVD blew away Aris 103-59 but fellow Russians Spartak Noginsk crashed to a 77-64 home setback against Elitzur Ramla, who got 27 points from Israel international Shay Doron.