USK Prague End Kibirkstis' Campaign

19 February 2014

EUROCHALLENGE

6. Laia Palau (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Laia Palau recorded a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double as ZVVZ USK Prague came back against Vilnius

Montenegrin star Jelena Dubljevic racked up 25 points to lead ZVVZ USK Prague to an 86-71 road win over Kibirkstis VICI-Vilnius, eliminating Kibirkstis from EuroLeague Women.

Kia Vaughn and Spanish international point guard Laia Palau added double-doubles to Dubljevic's strong night as the visitors recovered from a slow start to see off the feisty home side.

Kibirkstis needed to win their final two Group C games to overhaul CCC Polkowice for fifth place, but a 10-point lead in the opening quarter soon evaporated, with Palau's three-pointer tying the scores at the half-time interval.

The visitors stormed clear with a 22-6 run to open the second half, capped by Dubljevic's three-pointer.

Kibirkstis made one last push and cut the lead to seven points with four minutes remaining, but another turnover cost them dear as Palau grabbed her fifth of six steals and fed Dubljevic to seal the game.

Palau added 12 points and 11 assists and Vaughn had 16 points and 10 rebounds as coach Natalia Hejkova's top six all finished with double-figures in scoring.

Hollie Mershon led Kibirkstis with 14 points, but the Lithuanian team will rue their poor run of form, losing eight of the last nine EuroLeague Women games to slide out of contention.

 


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