Kia Drives Prague To Win Over Brno

11 October 2012

5. Kia Vaughn (CB Taranto)
Center Kia Vaughn seems to have adjusted already to her new surroundings in Prague

ZVVZ USK Prague have a new man at the helm in Ivan Benes but so far, the results are proving to be the same.

Benes, who has replaced Lubor Blazek as head coach, has steered the team to five wins in as many Czech league games and the last of those was a 78-68 triumph over old foes, BK Imos Brno.

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.

Abdi did not have a strong summer with Sweden's national side but she will have a prominent role in their national team next summer at the EuroBasket Women in France.

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.

11. Katerina Elhotova (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Shooting guard Katerina Elhotova is ZVVZ USK Prague's leading scorer in the Czech league averaging 23.5 points per game

Taking part in the event will also be two other EuroLeague Women sides, Nadezhda Orenburg and UNI Seat Gyor.

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.

That night, Prague are at home to Perfumerias Avenida, the champions of 2011 and the club that just won the Spanish Supercup.



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