Christon Returns To Haunt Nadezhda

06 November 2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Shameka Christon (Nadezhda)
Seen here playing for Nadezhda, Shameka Christon came back to haunt her former club on Wednesday night with a game-high 20 points

Shameka Christon caught fire on her return to Nadezhda to propel Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration to a nail-biting 59-57 Group B success in the first contest of the new EuroLeague Women season.

Christon had the hot-hand all night long and buried six three-pointers in a mesmerising 20-point performance as BLMA returned to the competition in style after their one-year absence.

The French visitors were always on top after some fine defence during the first half helped them into a double-digit lead at 20-10.

A triple by Natalia Zhedik on the stroke of half-time reduced the arrears to just four points and gave the hosts some impetus for when they returned to the floor.

When summer signing Anna Cruz converted from long-range to put Nadezhda in front at 36-34, it looked like they might assume control.

But BLMA re-discovered their form and moved ahead 51-43 thanks to playmaker Virginia Bremont, to establish a handy cushion for down the stretch.

In a tense finale, they held on for the win even though they scored just three points in the last three minutes and dodged a bullet as Dewanna Bonner tried snatching the game for Nadezhda with a three-point attempt during the closing seconds.

Bonner had a fine 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.


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