Stellar Start Keeps Gala Perfect

21 November 2013


8. Shavonte Zellous (Galatasaray odeabank)
Shavonte Zellous was outstanding for Galatasaray odeabank against Sparta&K on Thursday

A spectacular first-half carried Galatasaray odeabank to another convincing EuroLeague Women win after they completed a 63-50 success against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje to preserve their unbeaten status.

The Turkish giants took control of Group C after delivering a whirlwind twenty minutes of destruction against their Russian opponents, effectively wrapping up their third win of the campaign by the time both teams hit the locker-room at the interval.

It was a one-way street from the tip-off, with Galatasaray underlining their strength in depth by racing into a 20-7 first quarter lead off the back of the in-form Shavonte Zellous and worse was to follow for Sparta&K.

The visitors couldn't prevent Galatasaray scoring the first seven points of the second period as the hosts further cemented their utter dominance of the contest with some terrific defence.

Down by 25 points at the break and having only just scraped into double-digits with 11 points, Sparta&K found their feet when they returned to the floor and clawed back a considerable chunk of pride with a vastly improved second-half display.

Led by Russian national team forward Natalia Vieru who finished with an impressive double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, Sparta&K made considerable inroads into the defecit.

They outscored Galatasaray across the third and fourth quarters, but couldn't quite reduce the arrears to single-digits to apply any pressure.

Zellous finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, whilst Spanish ace Alba Torrens top-scored with 17 points as Galatasaray claimed their first win against Russian opposition in four attempts.


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