|Center Kia Vaughn seems to have adjusted already to her new surroundings in Prague|
While it's always sweet to beat Brno, Wednesday's victory was even better because of the play of Kia Vaughn almost immediately upon her arrival in the Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old Vaughn, who averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds for Cras Basket Taranto last season in the EuroLeague Women, just completed her WNBA campaign with the New York Liberty.
The 1.93 center showed herself to be a quick learner because she finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks against Brno.
"We were a bit worried if she'd have some fatigue from traveling from the end of the season in the WNBA, but after two practices following her arrival, we were convinced Kia would have no problems and she had the desire to play," Benes said.
Benes added that she "seamlessly joined the team, the game, as evidenced by her excellent performance."
The top player for Brno was Farhiya Abdi, who is in her second season with the club.
The 20-year-old forward finished with a game-high 28 points in defeat.
Prague now travel to Ekaterinburg for a EuroLeague Women warm-up tournament.
|Shooting guard Katerina Elhotova is ZVVZ USK Prague's leading scorer in the Czech league averaging 23.5 points per game|
Benes wants to make the most of the opportunity.
"We'll check everything - offensive systems, defensive combinations," he said.
"We'll continue to use Kia because though she has absorbed a lot after two workouts, it's obviously not enough.
"I expect the tournament in Ekaterinburg to be a good preparation before the start of the European league."
The EuroLeague Women tips off on 24 October.